Middle East http://kgou.org en World Views: June 20, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-june-20-2014 <p></p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/joshua-landis.html">Joshua Landis</a> joins Suzette Grillot for a conversation about the situation in Iraq and the U.S. response to the escalating violence by Sunni militants.</p><p>And Rebecca Cruise and University of Oklahoma Iranian Studies professor <a href="https://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/afshin-marashi.html">Afshin Marashi</a>&nbsp;speak with&nbsp;<a href="http://mtavakoli.com/" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(12, 76, 162); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Mohamad Tavakoli</a><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">, a professor of history and Near and Middle Eastern civilizations at the University of Toronto. He studies&nbsp;</span><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">Persianate society – arguing that in the pre-modern world, Iranians, the Ottoman Empire, the South Asian Indian Mogul empire, and even Central Asians all spoke a common language.</span></p><p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 18:51:32 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 31757 at http://kgou.org World Views: June 20, 2014 Iran And India: Two Countries Separated By A Common Language http://kgou.org/post/iran-and-india-two-countries-separated-common-language <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Throughout the </span>18<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and </span>19<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> centuries, nationalism and colonialism created fixed borders between societies that otherwise shared common ethnic backgrounds, language, and culture.</span></p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:40:48 +0000 Brian Hardzinski & Rebecca Cruise & Afshin Marashi 31660 at http://kgou.org Iran And India: Two Countries Separated By A Common Language Analysts Divided On U.S. Arming Syrian Rebels http://kgou.org/post/analysts-divided-us-arming-syrian-rebels Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>I'm Melissa Block. And we begin this hour with the war in Syria and the possibility of U.S. involvement. Today, in Damascus, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad used the opportunity of May Day to make a rare public appearance. Wed, 01 May 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Melissa Block 5023 at http://kgou.org World Views: April 12, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-april-12-2013 <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Suzette </span>Grillot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and Rebecca Cruise discuss the death and legacy of Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, and the heightened tensions between North Korea, the U.S., and its allies as the reclusive country threatens to launch a medium-range ballistic missile.</span></p><p>Retired State Department official and former U.S. Army Colonel <a href="http://www.wm.edu/as/government/faculty/directory/wilkerson_l.php" target="_blank">Lawrence Wilkerson</a> returns to&nbsp;<em>World Views</em> for a conversation about Iran, the energy industry, and nuclear security.</p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 3798 at http://kgou.org World Views: April 12, 2013 What Nuclear Tension With Iran is Really About http://kgou.org/post/what-nuclear-tension-iran-really-about <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iranian state television says the Islamic Republic inaugurated two key nuclear-related projects Tuesday, just days after another round of talks with world powers seeking to limit Tehran’s atomic program.</span></p><p>Retired State Department official Lawrence Wilkerson described what he calls “delusional security” in foreign policy that’s bubbled up in both Tehran and Washington, D.C. over the last three to five years.</p><p>“It's come to a peak ostensibly over the nuclear issue, but what it's coming to a peak over really is a power struggle in the Gulf for who's going to be the power to be reckoned with outside the United States,” Wilkerson says.</p><p> Wed, 10 Apr 2013 21:35:55 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Brian Hardzinski 3638 at http://kgou.org What Nuclear Tension With Iran is Really About World Views: April 5, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-april-5-2013 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Tuesday the U.N. General Assembly approved a treaty to regulate the global arms trade, and the panel explores what role the CIA is playing in Arab and Turkish military aid to Syria.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Ambassador&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"><a href="http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/schneidc/?PageTemplateID=179" target="_blank">Cynthia Schneider</a> joins Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis to discuss how culture influenced her diplomacy while representing the United States in the Netherlands between 1998 and 2001.</span></p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Rebecca Cruise & Brian Hardzinski 3321 at http://kgou.org World Views: April 5, 2013 How Diplomacy Through Culture Can "Hold Up a Mirror" to Government http://kgou.org/post/how-diplomacy-through-culture-can-hold-mirror-government <p></p><p></p><p>While serving as the U.S. Ambassador to the Netherlands in 2001, <a href="http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/schneidc/?PageTemplateID=179" target="_blank">Cynthia Schneider</a> used Hollywood to approach sensitive drug issues between American and Dutch officials.</p><p>Schneider invited embassy staffers focusing on drugs, and their counterparts in the Dutch Ministry of Justice, to a screening of Steven Soderbergh’s Oscar-winning film <em>Traffic.</em></p><p>“It's a very powerful film that shows the intricacies of drug trafficking, and really shows how complicated it is,” Schneider says. “That was a fantastic experience because it kind of leveled the playing ground, and after seeing that film together we were able to have the most honest, direct conversation that we ever had, and really make progress.”</p><p> Thu, 04 Apr 2013 14:31:52 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 3212 at http://kgou.org How Diplomacy Through Culture Can "Hold Up a Mirror" to Government Laughter As The 'Common Language Of The World' http://kgou.org/post/laughter-common-language-world <p></p><p></p><p>Audiences most likely know Egyptian-American stand-up comedian <a href="http://ahmed-ahmed.com/index.html" target="_blank">Ahmed Ahmed</a> as a member of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Comedians have become, most recently, cultural ambassadors of the world,” Ahmed said. “Whether you're in Africa, or America, or Russia, or Asia, laughter is the common language of the world</span><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">.”</strong></p><p> Fri, 22 Mar 2013 16:43:19 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Brian Hardzinski 2328 at http://kgou.org Laughter As The 'Common Language Of The World'