In the very recent past, considerations of Africa's role in a local, regional, or even global conflict reflected the realities of the region's colonial status and the continued expectation that war would entail a repetition of the strategic maneuverings of World War IL Thus, in an article written in 1954 on "Africa's Strategic Significance," American naval strategist Adm. Richard L. Conolly devoted his attention to the Suez Canal and the Mediterranean to the north, and the Cape of Good Hope to the south.
Hale, Richard W.
"The Fledgling Navies of Black Africa,"
Naval War College Review: Vol. 25
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