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Open4Business gets political with an American abroad

Date 25.11.2020

Each Tuesday the University of Northampton’s Adrian Pryce takes to the airwaves on NLive for his show, Open4Business. In the most recent show, UON academics debated the US election result and what comes next.

Dr. Diepiriye Kuku-Siemons, Senior Lecturer in Cross Cultural Management, at the University of Northampton, an American living abroad, gave Open4Business his strongly held and articulate views on the US presidential election.

In this thought provoking interview, Diepiriye talked politics, ethics, the impact of COVID on the electorate, and the nature of the right leaning nature of the American political system, when compared to our own.

Trumps reaction to the early, and eventual result, caused shockwaves across the world, speaking about the way Trump called into question the legitimacy of the election, Diepiriye said: “That’s the way he’s governed, that’s what brought him to rise. Trump has an ability to really rally a base of people who feel disenfranchised. We see how dangerous it is that he’s even questioning the electoral system, a system which elected him in the first place.

“We know that our system is secure, but his goings on just demonstrate what we’ve been seeing over the last four years, but that’s what’s dangerous and sad.”

Diepiriye and Adrian talked about the importance of understanding the global focus of the Biden and Harris ticket, which brings the American system more toward the political centre with their beliefs. Diepiriye continued: “Biden and Harris aspire to build a global coalition of cooperation and collaboration, which doesn’t just put America first.”

Catch up with the full podcast interview to hear Diepiriye and Adrian mulling over what is set to be an exciting power shift for the US.

The popular NLive Radio show, Open4Business hears Adrian Pryce, Associate Professor of Strategy and International Business at the University of Northampton speak to movers and shakers in the town and county to shine a light on the best of local business, charity, community initiatives and current affairs. Catch up with the back catalogue via