nuclear weapons http://kgou.org en 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 If Middle East Peace Isn’t Possible, Acceptance Might Be The Next Best Thing http://kgou.org/post/if-middle-east-peace-isn-t-possible-acceptance-might-be-next-best-thing <p>Israel’s nuclear capabilities and its relationship with the United States can be controversial and problematic during Middle East negotiations, but <a href="http://cmsprod.bgu.ac.il/Eng/Centers/bgi/Staff/zaki.htm">Zaki Shalom</a>, a Senior Fellow at the Institute for National Security Studies and a researcher at the <a href="http://in.bgu.ac.il/en/bgi/Pages/default.aspx">Ben-Gurion Research Institute for the study of Israel and Zionism</a>, says Israel is an example of stability and development in the region.</p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 19:38:36 +0000 Nick Aguilera & Suzette Grillot 27527 at http://kgou.org If Middle East Peace Isn’t Possible, Acceptance Might Be The Next Best Thing 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: 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 Two Things To Know About The Middle East This Week http://kgou.org/post/two-things-know-about-middle-east-week <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Four world powers are dispatching their top diplomats to Geneva on Friday to add their weight to negotiations aimed at putting initial limits on Iran's ability to make atomic weapons.</span></p><p>The meeting comes shortly after the&nbsp;34th&nbsp;anniversary of the start of the Iran hostage crisis, and the end of diplomatic relations between the United States and the Islamic Republic.</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 Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, says the election of Hassan&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rouhani</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;earlier this year marks a crossroads as the moderate leader tries to promote understanding with the United States.</span></p><p> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 17:49:50 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Brian Hardzinski & Associated Press 16812 at http://kgou.org Two Things To Know About The Middle East This Week World Views: June 21, 2013 http://kgou.org/post/world-views-june-21-2013 <p></p><p><a href="https://www.ou.edu/content/cis/ias/faculty/rebecca-cruise.html">Rebecca Cruise</a> returns and guest-hosts while <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/administration/Grillot_Home_Page.html">Suzette Grillot</a>&nbsp;joins the program from Italy to talk about&nbsp;protests sweeping Brazil's largest cities, and the implications of the newly-elected moderate president for the future of a nuclear Iran.</p><p>University of California, Berkeley historian <a href="http://history.berkeley.edu/people/daniel-sargent">Daniel Sargent</a> argues the 1970s were a pivotal decade on the global stage. He calls U.S. foreign policy immediately after the Cold War “uninspiring.”</p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 21:30:00 +0000 Suzette Grillot, Rebecca Cruise, Hallie Arias & Brian Hardzinski 8278 at http://kgou.org World Views: June 21, 2013 Iran's New Leader Already Showing More Moderate Tone http://kgou.org/post/irans-new-leader-already-showing-more-moderate-tone <p></p><p>A week after Iran's presidential election, a previously-recorded interview run on Iranian state TV Friday suggests president -elect Hasan Rowhani may strike a more moderate tone than his predecessor.</p><p>The broadcast appears to be intended to underline Rowhani's pledge to pursue greater openness over Iran's nuclear program.</p><p>"How much is going to change is really to be determined," says <a href="http://www.ou.edu/content/cis/administration/Grillot_Home_Page.html">Suzette Grillot</a>, the Dean of the University of Oklahoma's <a href="http://www.ou.edu/cis.html">College of International Studies</a>. "The Supreme Leader (Ali Khamenei) in Iran certainly is the ultimate power-holder, so the relationship that emerges between these two and how that will have an impact on the nuclear situation is really something still to be determined."</p><p> Fri, 21 Jun 2013 16:41:44 +0000 Brian Hardzinski 8277 at http://kgou.org Iran's New Leader Already Showing More Moderate Tone Inhofe: Now Is Not The Time To Reduce US Nukes http://kgou.org/post/inhofe-now-not-time-reduce-us-nukes <p></p><p><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">U.S. Sen. Jim </span>Inhofe<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">&nbsp;(</span>R-Okla<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 15px; line-height: 15px;">.) says now is not the time to reduce the country's nuclear arms forces around the globe.</span></p> Wed, 19 Jun 2013 20:01:00 +0000 Associated Press & Brian Hardzinski 8129 at http://kgou.org Inhofe: Now Is Not The Time To Reduce US Nukes 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