Syria http://kgou.org en World Views: May 9, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-may-9-2014 <p></p><p>Rebecca Cruise provides an update on the kidnapping of hundreds of girls in Nigeria, and Joshua Landis discusses this week’s Syrian rebel departure from Homs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Later, a conversation with longtime China scholar <a href="http://www.sais-jhu.edu/david-lampton">David Lampton</a>. He argues the country’s leaders have to reconcile a fragmented bureaucracy with explosive economic growth and a rising middle class.</span></p><p> Fri, 09 May 2014 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Rebecca Cruise & Brian Hardzinski 28917 at http://kgou.org World Views: May 9, 2014 World Views: April 18, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-april-18-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Landis and Suzette </span>Grillot<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> focus on the aggression in the east of Ukraine, and the well as the historical importance of Ukraine in Russian history. They also discuss how the war in Syria has affected the country’s ancient history and cultural heritage.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And later, a conversation with Israeli scholar <a href="http://cmsprod.bgu.ac.il/Eng/Centers/bgi/Staff/zaki.htm">Zaki Shalom</a>.&nbsp;He says the Arab Spring has shifted focus away from the Middle East’s more long-standing&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">discord.</span></p><p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:20:48 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Nick Aguilera & Brian Hardzinski 27552 at http://kgou.org World Views: April 18, 2014 Devastation Of Syria's Culture And Antiquities 'The Price Of War' http://kgou.org/post/devastation-syrias-culture-and-antiquities-price-war <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Last month the Syrian Arab Army recaptured the Crusader castle </span>Krak<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> des Chevaliers, which was reportedly damaged during air strikes in 2013.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span><a href="http://en.unesco.org/" style="line-height: 1.5;">United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (UNESCO) has expressed concern since the civil war began that the conflict could be devastating to the country’s important cultural sites.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:11:34 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 27550 at http://kgou.org Devastation Of Syria's Culture And Antiquities 'The Price Of War' World Views: March 14, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-march-14-2014 <p></p><p>Joshua Landis joins Suzette Grillot&nbsp;to discuss the continued escalation in Ukraine, and provide an update on Syria as the third anniversary of the country's civil war approaches.</p><p>Later, a conversation about Afrocentricity and identity with author, Temple University professor, and activist <a href="http://asante.net">Molefi Kete Asante</a>.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 19:16:03 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Brian Hardzinski & Nick Aguilera 25201 at http://kgou.org World Views: March 14, 2014 Landis: On Syria Anniversary, Very Little To Be Optimistic About http://kgou.org/post/landis-syria-anniversary-very-little-be-optimistic-about <p></p><p>This weekend marks three years since the first mass protests in Damascus, Aleppo, and Daraa lit kindling of unrest in Syria that eventually ignited a full-scale civil war.</p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/joshua-landis.html">Joshua Landis</a>, the Director of the <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/center_for_middleeaststudies.html">Center for Middle East Studies</a> at the University of Oklahoma, and the author of the widely-read blog <em><a href="http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/">Syria Comment</a></em>, says countries in the region and the United States now view the Syrian crisis as a counterterrorism problem.</p><p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:59:11 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 25200 at http://kgou.org Landis: On Syria Anniversary, Very Little To Be Optimistic About What Comes Next In Syria? http://kgou.org/post/what-comes-next-syria For eight days, the Syrian regime and an opposition delegation sat face-to-face, but were not on speaking terms in Room 16 of the Palais des Nations in the sprawling complex of United Nations headquarters in Geneva.<p>Round one demonstrated the bitter divide with no breakthrough on the core issues of a political transition or access to humanitarian aid.<p>So what comes next?<p>An agreement to continue the talks remains on hold. The opposition delegates pledged to return to the table in early February. Sat, 01 Feb 2014 16:26:00 +0000 Deborah Amos 22375 at http://kgou.org What Comes Next In Syria? World Views: January 31, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-january-31-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>Joshua Landis and Suzette Grillot discuss the 2014 State of the Union address and some of the foreign policy objectives President Obama outlined in Tuesday night’s speech.</p><p>Later, a conversation about migration and identity with Iranian-American novelist <a href="http://www.laleh-khadivi.com">Laleh Khadivi</a>, and Palestinian-American poet and physician <a href="http://www.poetryfoundation.org/bio/fady-joudah">Fady Joudah</a>.</p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:47:10 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Brian Hardzinski & Nick Aguilera 22317 at http://kgou.org World Views: January 31, 2014 Criticism And Contradiction Cloud State Of The Union’s Foreign Policy http://kgou.org/post/criticism-and-contradiction-cloud-state-union-s-foreign-policy <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">President Obama’s international outlook remains heavily oriented toward decreasing the U.S. military presence in the Middle East. In his <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/28/president-barack-obamas-state-union-address">State of </a></span><a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/28/president-barack-obamas-state-union-address"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">the Union address</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the president promised to declare an end to the 12-year war in Afghanistan.</span></p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/joshua-landis.html" style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Landis</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, the author of </span><a href="http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/"><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Syria Comment</em></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and the Director of the </span><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/center_for_middleeaststudies.html"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Center for Middle East Studies</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> at the University of Oklahoma, says President Obama’s address “claimed big successes” in a </span><a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/09/14/222397967/u-s-and-russia-form-a-plan-on-syrias-chemical-weapons"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">September Syria chemical weapons deal</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and a </span><a href="http://eeas.europa.eu/statements/docs/2013/131124_03_en.pdf"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">November interim agreement with Iran</span></a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> halting uranium enrichment programs in exchange for lifted sanctions.</span></p><p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 19:28:53 +0000 Nick Aguilera & Associated Press 22316 at http://kgou.org Criticism And Contradiction Cloud State Of The Union’s Foreign Policy World Views: January 24, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-january-24-2014 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Joshua Landis provides an update on this week's Syrian peace talks in Switzerland, and Rebecca Cruise discusses the escalation of violence in Ukraine.</span></p><p>Later, a conversation about mother tongue-based bilingual instruction in West Africa with <a href="http://www.pambeghana.org/alice-azumi-iddi-gubbels/">Alice Iddi-Gubbels</a>, the founder and executive director of PAMBE Ghana.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 21778 at http://kgou.org World Views: January 24, 2014 So Now What? Breaking Down The Syrian Peace Talks http://kgou.org/post/so-now-what-breaking-down-syrian-peace-talks <p></p><p>A United Nations mediator announced Friday a Syrian government delegation and the Western-backed opposition <a href="http://live.america.aljazeera.com/Event/Syrias_War/103032816">will meet Saturday</a> “in the same room.”</p><p><a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/joshua-landis.html">Joshua Landis</a>, the author of the widely-read blog <em><a href="http://www.joshualandis.com/blog/">Syria Comment</a></em> and the Director of the <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/sponsored_programs/center_for_middleeaststudies.html">Center for Middle East Studies</a> at the University of Oklahoma, says this week’s peace conference in Switzerland shows both sides understand there has to be a political solution.</p><p> Fri, 24 Jan 2014 20:09:11 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 21835 at http://kgou.org So Now What? Breaking Down The Syrian Peace Talks