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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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Conflicts Impede War on COVID-19

ADF STAFF Based in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa, Dr. John Nkengasong works near one of the world’s deadliest conflicts. Despite a national state of emergency, the fighting has not impacted the day-to-day operations of the Africa…

Africa Races to Test COVID-19 Treatment Drugs

ADF STAFF On March 18, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a large, international study of four potential COVID-19 treatments. “We have called this study the Solidarity trial,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom…

Pandemic Pushing Agritech Innovations

ADF STAFF Wilson Lang’at owns a 2.5-hectare farm in the village of Koiyet, which lies in Kenya’s verdant southern Rift Valley. For years, his primary source of income was trading cows while he grew maize as a smaller side business.…

Protecting Earth’s ‘Second Lung’

ADF STAFF The Congo Basin rainforest is huge, second only to the Amazon. It sprawls across six nations, but it is shrinking. The basin is the home to countless species of plants and animals. It also is a key to the health of not just…

COVAX Rolls Out Vaccines in Africa

Story by ADF STAFF | Photos by AFP/GETTY IMAGES More than 20 African nations have started administering millions of free COVID-19 vaccines through COVAX, the global plan to equitably distribute the shots.  In the initial March 2021…

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…