Europe http://kgou.org en World Views: November 8, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-november-8-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Earlier this week anti-American protests in Iran marked 34 years since the storming of the Embassy in Tehran, and the start of the 18-month hostage crisis. Suzette </span>Grillot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> talks about the anniversary with Joshua Landis, who also provides a brief update on Saudi Arabia's frustration with the U.S. over Syria.</span></p><p>Later, a conversation with Boston University modern European historian <a href="http://www.bu.edu/history/faculty/jonathan-r-zatlin/">Jonathan Zatlin</a>. He says parts of Europe's debt crisis can be explained by religious tension between the Protestant North and the Catholic South.</p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot & Joshua Landis 16757 at http://kgou.org World Views: November 8, 2013 Economic Lessons Europe Learned (Or Didn’t Learn) During The 20th Century http://kgou.org/post/economic-lessons-europe-learned-or-didn-t-learn-during-20th-century <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Allied powers divided war-torn Germany into four zones of occupation after World War II, with three of those zones uniting in 1949 to form what became known as West Germany. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Soviet Union controlled the fourth zone, and East Germany remained within the Eastern Bloc’s sphere of influence for the next four decades.</span></p><p>Boston University modern European historian <a href="http://www.bu.edu/history/faculty/jonathan-r-zatlin/">Jonathan Zatlin</a> says the divided nation served as a tripwire for all the tensions of the Cold War, and that Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin worried a united Germany posed a security risk.</p><p> Tue, 05 Nov 2013 18:14:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Suzette Grillot & Matt Addison 16592 at http://kgou.org Economic Lessons Europe Learned (Or Didn’t Learn) During The 20th Century World Views: May 17, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-may-17-2013 <p></p><p>University of Oklahoma political economist and European Union expert <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/eu_center/people.html">Mitchell Smith</a> joins the program for a conversation about the eurozone's economy slipping further into recession, and the American kicked out of Russia over accusations of spying for the CIA.</p><p>Veteran diplomat Richard Arndt speaks with Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis about how the national security state changed U.S. diplomatic relations. He's the author of&nbsp;<em><a href="http://www.potomacbooksinc.com/Books/BookDetail.aspx?productID=133077">The First Resort of Kings: American Cultural Diplomacy in the Twentieth Century</a>.</em></p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 6141 at http://kgou.org World Views: May 17, 2013 Why Debt-Weary Europe Should Watch Out For A Political Crisis http://kgou.org/post/why-debt-weary-europe-should-watch-out-political-crisis <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Slow growth is plaguing many European countries as they struggle to cut their spending and debts. France's GDP has fallen for two consecutive quarters, and Greece's international lenders say unemployment will remain above 20 percent for another three years.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/eu_center/people.html">Mitchell Smith</a>, the Chair of OU's Department of International and Area Studies and the Director of the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/eu_center.html">European Union Center</a>, says austerity has generated more than just economic tensions.</p><p>"I actually think the political problems a number of European countries are experiencing are even more worrisome than the economic problems," Smith says.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"The eurozone countries have, at least for the time being, allayed some of the concerns of financial markets and they don't want to stir things up and start another run-up of a financial crisis."</span></p><p> Fri, 17 May 2013 17:44:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot 6123 at http://kgou.org Why Debt-Weary Europe Should Watch Out For A Political Crisis Response to Thatcher's Death Exposes Decades-old Divisions in Britain http://kgou.org/post/response-thatchers-death-exposes-decades-old-divisions-britain <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher will be remembered Wednesday during a funeral with full military honors at St. Paul’s Cathedral.</span></p><p>Suzette Grillot, the host of KGOU’s <em>World Views</em> and the Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, says debates about Thatcher’s legacy and even her funeral suggest Britain is still deeply divided.</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 17:51:40 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 3785 at http://kgou.org Response to Thatcher's Death Exposes Decades-old Divisions in Britain World Views: March 29, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-march-29-2013 <p></p><p>Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss the banking crisis in the Mediterranean island nation of Cyprus, and the decision to re-try American student Amanda Knox in Italy.</p><p>University of Oklahoma Italian language and literature professor <a href="http://modlang.ou.edu/faculty.php?action=display&amp;id=40&amp;language=Italian" target="_blank">Jason Houston</a> joins Grillot&nbsp;from Arezzo, Italy. He's been following the Catholic Church's transition of power in the Vatican, and <a href="http://italytodaywithdante.blogspot.it/2013/03/the-great-refusal.html" target="_blank">speculates</a> what the last voluntary papal resignation in 1294 could teach us about 2013.</p><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 2815 at http://kgou.org World Views: March 29, 2013 Winners and Losers in the Cyprus Financial Crisis http://kgou.org/post/winners-and-losers-cyprus-financial-crisis <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Banks in Cyprus are open for normal business for the second day, but with strict restrictions on how much money their clients can access, after being shut down for nearly two weeks to prevent people from draining their accounts as the country's politicians sought a way out of an acute financial crisis.</span></p><div>"They were weakened by the fact that they had too many investments in Greek companies," said Suzette Grillot. "So they've become another victim of the Greek financial crisis."</div><p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 18:07:36 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 2865 at http://kgou.org Winners and Losers in the Cyprus Financial Crisis World Views: March 15, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-march-15-2013 <p></p><p>Suzette Grillot, &nbsp;Joshua Landis, and Rebecca Cruise discuss the election of Pope Francis, the financial situation of the Vatican, and the influence of the New World on the Catholic Church.</p><p>Deputy Director for Research at the Mohyla School of Journalism at the National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy <a href="http://en.j-school.kiev.ua/faculty/grynko/" target="_blank">Anastasiia Grynko</a> joins Grillot and Cruise for a conversation about media ethics and transparency in Ukraine and other post-Soviet countries.</p><p> Fri, 15 Mar 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise & Joshua Landis 1962 at http://kgou.org World Views: March 15, 2013