Naval War College Review


Richard W. Hale


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.