|Despite the 1989 global ivory trade ban, poaching and ivory smuggling have not abated. More than half of Tanzania’s elephants have been killed for their ivory since 2007. A similarly alarming story can be told of the herds in northern Mozambique and across swathes of central Africa. But why the new upsurge? The popular narrative blames a meeting of two evils — criminal poaching and terrorism. But the answer is not that simple.
Ivory follows this complex history of the tusk trade in Africa, and explains
why it is corruption, crime and politics, rather than insurgency, that we
should worry about. In this ground-breaking work, Somerville argues that
regulation — not prohibition — of the ivory trade is the best way to stop