Iran 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 In 2009, 3 Americans Went For A Hike, And Ended Up In A Tehran Prison http://kgou.org/post/3-americans-jailed-iran-tell-their-saga-sliver-light In the summer of 2009, three young Americans went for a hike. Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were living together in Syria, teaching and writing. Their friend Josh Fattal was visiting from the U.S. The three took a tour to a waterfall in the Kurdish highlands of Iraq, and as they hiked along a road that turned out to be the border with Iran, an armed man in uniform waved them over.<p>The next thing they knew, they had embarked on a two-year ordeal in the infamous Evin prison in Tehran. Fri, 14 Mar 2014 09:16:00 +0000 editor 25172 at http://kgou.org In 2009, 3 Americans Went For A Hike, And Ended Up In A Tehran Prison World Views: February 7, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-february-7-2014 <p></p><p>Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis discuss the ongoing conflict in Central African Republic, and why it seems reminiscent of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.</p><p>Later, a conversation with Iranian-American filmmaker Farzin Rezaeian. His documentary <a href="http://vimeo.com/53253260"><em>Iran: Seven Faces of a Civilization </em></a>explores 7,000 years of history in his home country.</p><p> Fri, 07 Feb 2014 20:22:26 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Joshua Landis, Nick Aguilera & Brian Hardzinski 22797 at http://kgou.org World Views: February 7, 2014 The Forgotten Empire: Documentary Filmmaker Shares Lessons From Iranian History http://kgou.org/post/forgotten-empire-documentary-filmmaker-shares-lessons-iranian-history <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Iranian documentary filmmaker </span>Farzin<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>Rezaeian<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says Greek, Roman, and European history have overshadowed ancient Iranian history, yet there are valuable lessons from Iran’s past for today’s world.</span></p> Thu, 06 Feb 2014 17:27:59 +0000 Suzette Grillot & Nick Aguilera 22702 at http://kgou.org The Forgotten Empire: Documentary Filmmaker Shares Lessons From Iranian History 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 U.S., EU Lift Some Iran Sanctions After Assurances On Uranium http://kgou.org/post/us-eu-lift-iran-sanctions-after-assurances-uranium <strong>This post was updated at 11:40 a.m. ET.</strong><p>The United States and European Union say they will lift some sanctions against Iran after reports from international inspectors that Tehran has suspended high-level enrichment of uranium under an interim pact to scale back its nuclear program.<p><a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/article/iran-says-it-starts-implementing-nuclear-deal">The Associated Press</a> reports:<p><blockquote><p>"The deal that went into effect Monday was worked out in talks brokered by EU foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton. Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:06:44 +0000 Scott Neuman 21527 at http://kgou.org U.S., EU Lift Some Iran Sanctions After Assurances On Uranium