Africa Defense Forum
ADF is a professional military magazine published quarterly by U.S. Africa Command to provide an international forum for African security professionals. ADF covers topics such as counter terrorism strategies, security and defense operations, transnational crime, and all other issues affecting peace, stability, and good governance on the African continent.
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A Precious Resource

ADF STAFF During the four centuries of its rule, the Mali Empire was known around the world for its fabulous wealth in gold. Nearly 700 years later, areas of the former empire are still rich with deposits of the precious metal. Now…

Finding the Horn in the Haystack

ADF STAFF Twelve years ago, Dr. Andrew Rhyne, a marine biologist and expert on wildlife trafficking, was trying to figure out a better way to track the aquarium fish being imported into the United States. The system could not keep up…

Female Ranger Teams Shatter Stereotypes

ADF STAFF Wildlife ranger work traditionally has been a men’s-only club in Southern Africa. So when the nonprofit International Anti-Poaching Foundation created the all-female Akashinga ranger team in Zimbabwe in 2017, it was greeted…

COVID-19 Clears Pathway for Poachers

Story by ADF STAFF | Photos by AFP/GETTY IMAGES The global pandemic did not lock down wildlife traffickers. Authorities in Zimbabwe caught four smugglers trying to ship 26 great apes from the Democratic Republic of the Congo to South…

History is Being Written

ADF Staff Dr. John Nkengasong, a virologist, has been the director of the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) since 2017 and has helped lead the continent’s response to Ebola, COVID-19, malaria and other health…

A Fight on Many Fronts

ADF STAFF When the COVID-19 pandemic spread to Malawi in early April 2020, the nation known as the “warm heart of Africa” for the kindness of its citizens faced a potential crisis. The fast-spreading respiratory disease could easily have…