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.

Uganda Readies Mountain Soldiers

THE DAILY MONITOR, UGANDA Uganda will establish a new specialized mountain warfare force to secure the nation’s mountainous regions. President Yoweri Museveni made the announcement at Kyanjuki village in Kasese district at the foot of…

Call Center Dials Up Hope for the DRC

REUTERS In a renovated warehouse in Kinshasa, dozens of young Congolese workers wear headsets and sit in rows of identical orange cubicles, fielding phone calls in six languages. The Democratic Republic of the Congo’s first call…

Morocco Hopes for Return to the AU

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Morocco wants to rejoin the African Union, 32 years after quitting the bloc in protest of its decision to accept Western Sahara as a member, King Mohammed VI said in July 2016. “For a long time our friends have…

Librarian Saves Ancient Manuscripts

MEDIA CLUB SOUTH AFRICA The story of Abdel Kader Haidara, a book collector and librarian from Timbuktu, Mali, reads more like a spy novel than an academic work. When extremists allied to al-Qaida occupied his city in April 2012, he…

Africa Discusses Politics via Twitter

VOICE OF AMERICA When Africans go on Twitter, they are increasingly talking politics. A study by Portland Communications, a London-based business, shows that nearly 10 percent of the most-popular African hashtags in 2015 were related…

South African Telescope Helps Detect Pulsar

REUTERS The Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) has helped detect a type of star known as a white dwarf pulsar, the first discovery of its kind. The news has astronomers eager to use the largest optical telescope in the Southern…

4 Elephants + 1 Day = 500 Sheets of Paper

MEDIA CLUB SOUTH AFRICA A popular variety of handmade commercial paper has messy beginnings. John Matano’s Nampath Paper is one of 17 Kenyan companies that processes elephant dung to make high-quality paper. Matano’s paper is,…

A Captain’s Courage

He acted from his heart ADF STAFF In 1994, after the assassination of the president of Rwanda, soldiers of the presidential guard tortured and killed Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana, her husband and 10 Belgian peacekeepers. Hutu…