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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Examining a Virus from Another Era

ADF STAFF When it comes to pandemic diseases, the African continent has been forged in fire. History is replete with examples of deadly illnesses originating on the continent and ravaging populations in nation after nation. Some, such…

A Slithering Health Threat

ADF STAFF Heads of state are accustomed to welcoming visitors. They entertain foreign officials with frequency, rolling out red carpets and assembling military honor guards adorned in their finest uniforms.  But not all visitors come…

COVID-19 Changes Face of Crime

ADF STAFF The Mitchells Plain neighborhood sits along the outskirts of Cape Town, South Africa, in a section called Cape Flats. It is a part of the city known for its notorious street gangs, who violently clash with each other and…

DRC Fights COVID-19 With Experience

ADF STAFF | Photos by AFP/Getty Images Early in the 2018 Ebola epidemic in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), contact tracers used paper forms, filling them out each day for every contact made. At the end of the day,…

A World of Crime

ADF STAFF The movie version of organized crime typically depicts heavily armed Latin American drug cartels or Italian Mafia groups that run extortion rackets.  True organized crime is more sophisticated, diverse and widespread than…

Joining Hands to Police a Continent

Dr. Tarek A. Sharif was appointed executive director of the African Union Mechanism for Police Cooperation (AFRIPOL) in May 2017. Before that he served as head of the Defence and Security Division in the Peace and Security Department of…