Undercurrents: The American Dream vs America First, and Uganda's Illegal Ivory Trade

Agnes meets Sarah Churchwell to discuss the two central ideas in American political culture, while Ben talks to Kristof Titeca about Uganda’s illegal trade in ivory.

Audio Updated 8 July 2021 Published 4 October 2018 60 minute listen

US President Donald Trump found much of his electoral success by utilising two central ideas in American political culture - the ‘American Dream’ and ‘America First’. Academic and commentator Sarah Churchwell’s new book Behold America explores the historical roots of these ideas, and the significant consequences of their manipulation. Agnes meets with Sarah to find out more.

The illegal trade in ivory is a significant element of the informal economies of many African states, not least Uganda. In a new article in International Affairs Kristof Titeca reveals his findings from a series of interviews conducted with Ugandan individuals involved in all stages of the ivory trade. Ben spoke to Kristof to discuss the challenges posed by policy-makers hoping to cease this lucrative trade.

Read the book: Behold America: The Entangled History of ‘America First’ and the ‘American Dream’

Read the International Affairs article: Understanding the illegal ivory trade and traders: evidence from Uganda

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