The documents below highlight issues related to security in Africa, as well as background papers relating to U.S. Africa Command.

Some of the below documents may be outdated or contain outdated information. They are posted for research purposes and to promote public understanding.

Posting of these documents does not imply official endorsement by U.S. Africa Command or the Department of Defense.

Reports and Briefings

Country Background Notes · Compiled by the U.S. Dept of State

Defense Security Cooperation Agency Fact Book · Data on Foreign Military Sales Agreements and Deliveries since 1950

Foreign Press Center Briefings on Africa

Library of Congress · Africa collections

International Organizations and Groups

African Union

The United Nations News Center

The UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA)

United Nations - Where we work "Africa"

More Information Resources

U.S. Department of State Bureau of African Affairs

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Africa

USAID Famine Early Warning Systems Network

Africa Center for Strategic Studies (ACSS)

African Growth and Opportunity Act

Centers for Disease Control - Global Health

Combined Joint Task Force – Horn of Africa

Defense Security Cooperation Agency - DSCA’s mission is to advance U.S. national security and foreign policy interests by building the capacity of foreign security forces to respond to shared challenges. 

Federal Bureau of Investigation - Legal Attaché Offices in Africa

International Trade Administration - Creates prosperity by strengthening the international competitiveness of U.S. industry, promoting trade and investment, and ensuring fair trade and compliance with trade laws and agreements. 

Millennium Challenge Corporation - MCC works with partner countries to promote growth, help people lift themselves out of poverty, and invest in future generations. 

North Africa American Cemetery and Memorial - Most honored here lost their lives in World War II in military activities ranging from North Africa to the Persian Gulf. 

World Factbook - provides information on the history, people and society, government, economy, energy, geography, communications, transportation, military, and transnational issues for 267 world entities. 

News Sources

AllAfrica: Arms and Armies

AllAfrica: Conflict, Peace, and Security

American Forces Press Service

Defense Writers Group archive

Reuters Alertnet Humanitarian News for Africa

Stars and Stripes

Voice of America Africa News