North Korea http://kgou.org en World Views: June 27, 2014 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-june-27-2014 <p></p><p></p><p>Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the North Korean response to the Seth Rogen and James Franco film <em>The Interview</em>, and <a href="http://www.stimson.org/images/uploads/task_force_report_final_web_062414.pdf">the report</a> released this week &nbsp;reviewing the increased use of drones by the United States.</p><p>And a conversation with University of Oklahoma Latin America historian <a href="https://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/alan-mcpherson.html">Alan McPherson</a>. His new book <a href="http://global.oup.com/academic/product/the-invaded-9780195343038?cc=us&amp;lang=en&amp;tab=overview"><em>The Invaded</em></a> explores early 20th century conflicts in Nicaragua, Haiti, and the Dominican Republic.</p><p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 20:29:18 +0000 Brian Hardzinski, Suzette Grillot & Rebecca Cruise 32242 at http://kgou.org World Views: June 27, 2014 North Korea's Still In The Dark, As Photos From Space Show http://kgou.org/post/north-koreas-still-dark-photos-space-show Pictures really do tell the story about how far behind economically North Korea is compared with its neighbors.<p>In 2002, <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2011/12/19/143960966/kim-jong-ils-legacy-north-korea-is-dark" target="_blank">as Eyder has said</a>, then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld used a satellite photo to illustrate how in-the-dark the communist nation was.<p>Twelve years later, a new photo <a href="http://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/IOTD/view.php?id=83182" target="_blank">taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station</a> shows that, if anything, the diffe Wed, 26 Feb 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 24064 at http://kgou.org North Korea's Still In The Dark, As Photos From Space Show World Views: December 20, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-december-20-2013 <p></p><p>Joshua Landis provides an update on the ongoing removal of chemical weapons in Syria, and Rebecca Cruise examines the recent executions of high-level government officials in North Korea, and what they could mean.&nbsp;</p><p>Later, a conversation with a trio of scientists and engineers about how three very different developing countries share many of the same sanitation and hygiene concerns.</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Joshua Landis & Brian Hardzinski 19636 at http://kgou.org World Views: December 20, 2013 North Korea Projects Unity On Anniversary Despite Purges, Execution http://kgou.org/post/north-korea-projects-unity-anniversary-despite-purges-execution <p></p><p>North&nbsp;Korea&nbsp;marked the second anniversary of the death of Kim Jong Il Tuesday with vows to unite behind his son, Kim Jong Un, and a series of events to show the world that the regime has returned to business as usual despite the execution last week of Kim's once-powerful uncle.</p><p>“Both his father and his grandfather were known to have these purges as well as a means of gathering power and showing their might,” says <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/rebecca-cruise.html">Rebecca Cruise</a>, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. “It was very public. It's a family member, and what message does that send but that no one is safe from this individual?”</p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 20:33:00 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Hardzinski 19626 at http://kgou.org North Korea Projects Unity On Anniversary Despite Purges, Execution Kim Jong Un's Uncle, Formerly North Korea's No. 2, Is Executed http://kgou.org/post/kim-jong-uns-uncle-formerly-north-koreas-no-2-executed North Korea has announced that Jang Song Thaek, the uncle of leader Kim Jong Un and formerly the second most powerful man in the country, has been executed after being found guilty of treason by a military tribunal.<p>"The accused Jang brought together undesirable forces and formed a faction as the boss of a modern day factional group for a long time and thus committed such hideous crime as attempting to overthrow the state," North Korea's official KCNA news agency said.<p>He "behaved so arrogantly and insolently as unwillingly standing up from his seat and half-heartedly clapping, touching of Thu, 12 Dec 2013 22:28:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 19084 at http://kgou.org Kim Jong Un's Uncle, Formerly North Korea's No. 2, Is Executed World Views: July 19, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-july-19-2013 <p></p><p>Suzette Grillot and&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rebecca Cruise discuss the cargo ship stopped in Panama on its way to North Korea with missiles and fighter jets on board, and Pakistani women’s education activist Malala Yousafzai’s <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtprX8i2k-Q">speech before the United Nations</a>.</span></p><p><a href="http://web.mit.edu/cis/dir_senior_fellows.html">Sanam Naraghi-Anderlini</a>, the co-founder of the <a href="http://www.icanpeacework.org/">International Civil Society Action Network</a>&nbsp;(ICAN), joins Grillot and Cruise for a conversation about gender and security in the 13 years since the adoption of <a href="http://www.un.org/events/res_1325e.pdf">UN Security Council Resolution 1325</a>.</p><p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise & Brian Hardzinski 9980 at http://kgou.org World Views: July 19, 2013 Latest "Cuban Missile Crisis" Brings Back Cold War Memories http://kgou.org/post/latest-cuban-missile-crisis-brings-back-cold-war-memories <p></p><p>Last week Panamanian authorities stopped a North Korean ship carrying cargo from Cuba that violates UN sanctions against the reclusive Asian country.</p><p><a href="https://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/rebecca-cruise.html">Rebecca Cruise</a>, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, says Panama has exercised its legitimacy by trying to uphold the sanctions as the ship passed through its territory.</p><p>“Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon came out and praised Panama for taking this action, and claimed that it really is the responsibility of all members of the United Nations to uphold these types of sanctions,” Cruise says. “They have legitimacy as the Panama Canal goes through their territory.”</p><p> Fri, 19 Jul 2013 19:22:45 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 9996 at http://kgou.org Latest "Cuban Missile Crisis" Brings Back Cold War Memories 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 North Korea Situation Different, but Probably Domestic http://kgou.org/post/north-korea-situation-different-probably-domestic <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The White House is trying to tamp down concern over a new intelligence report showing North Korea could arm a ballistic missile with a nuclear warhead.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Defense Intelligence Agency says in a newly revealed report that it has "moderate confidence'' that North Korea knows how to deliver a nuclear weapon on a ballistic missile.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“The United States seems to be taking this a little bit differently as we're thinking about the deliverance capabilities of these nuclear missiles that we've started to see tested,” says Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma College of International Studies and a regular contributor to </span>KGOU’s<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">World Views.</em></p><p> Fri, 12 Apr 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Rebecca Cruise & Suzette Grillot 3797 at http://kgou.org North Korea Situation Different, but Probably Domestic 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