Rebecca Cruise

Contributor and Guest Host, World Views

A regular panelist on World Views and the primary substitute host, Rebecca Cruise specializes in security studies and comparative politics focusing on issues of security community development, international organizations, post-conflict resolution, political participation and gender. Though taking an international perspective in much of her work, her regional focus tends toward Southeastern and Central Europe.

She has published a number of articles, including pieces in International Politics, Journal of Homeland Security and Emergency Management and the Croatian International Relations Review. Dr. Cruise also co-wrote a book exploring international maritime security policy. Currently, she is working on the manuscript for her forthcoming book entitled, Eastern Efficacy: Female Political Participation in Post-Communist Europe. Beyond her research interests, Dr. Cruise has developed and taught a number of courses for the University of Oklahoma including Global Security, Comparative National Security, Women in International Security and International Activism.

After receiving a BA from the University of Portland, Dr. Cruise earned her Ph.D. from the OU Department of Political Science in 2011.

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4:30 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

World Views: November 28, 2014

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss the surprising outcome of last week's presidential elections in Romania, and the future of presidential politics in Burkina Faso.

Then, a conversation with activist and CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin. She argues the use of drone strikes actually increases the likelihood of war, because it reduces the barriers to entering conflict.

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World Views
2:37 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Burkina Faso’s Interim Government Holds First Cabinet Meeting

Assemblee Nationale in Burkina Faso
Wikimedia Commons

Burkina Faso’s 26 member cabinet held its first meeting on Monday. Appointed by coup leader and current Prime Minister Isaac Zida Yacouba, the cabinet will govern the country’s affairs until the November 2015 elections. 

With the exception of Adama Sagnon who resigned as Culture and Tourism Minister on Tuesday after two days protests, the cabinet has been well-received.

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World Views
10:33 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Romanian President-Elect Promises Change

Drapel Arcul de Triumf in Romania
Wikimedia Commons

After a surprise win in the second round of presidential elections earlier this month, Romanian President-Elect Klaus Iohannis is maintaining his momentum. 

This week he discussed plans to strengthen Romania’s ties to the West and investigate allegations of the rampant political corruption – platforms he campaigned on. He also predicted that lawmakers would soon start to abandon Prime Minister Victor Ponta's ruling coalition in order to purse these policies.

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World Views
4:32 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

World Views: November 21, 2014

Joshua Landis compares what he calls the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East to historical conflicts in Eastern Europe that also stretched across ethnic and religious lines.

Then Joshua and Rebecca Cruise talk with Matthew Barber. He was one of the first bloggers to write about the capture of thousands of Yazidi  women and girls as the minority community of northern Iraq was wiped out this summer.

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World Views
4:18 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Blogger Matthew Barber Describes Covering Yazidi Disappearance, Sinjar Siege

An Iraqi Yazidi girl with her family at the Newroz refugee camp in Syria, on August 15th.
Rachel Unkovic DFID - UK Department for International Development

In the Iraqi province of Kurdistan, women of the Yazidi ethnic minority are disappearing. At the most recent count, between 6,000 and 7,000 women and girls have been kidnapped, and many of those have been enslaved.

When Matthew Barber visited northern Iraq earlier this year, his goals were to conduct research and learn Kurdish. When he arrived he was faced with an enslavement crisis unfolding all around him and he knew that being an American academic gave him resources he could use to help.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

World Views: November 14, 2014

Rebecca Cruise talks with Joshua Landis about air strikes against the Islamic State, and how Syria’s neighbors are affected by millions of refugees.

Later, Suzette Grillot's recent interview with the 2014 Neustadt Prize for International Literature winner Mia Couto. Shortly after the country’s independence from Portugal, the Mozambique Liberation Front asked him to suspend his medical studies and work as a journalist.

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World Views
2:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

New U.N. Proposal To Freeze Syrian Conflict Amid ISIS Threats And Refugee Crisis

People walk on rubble of collapsed buildings at a site hit by what activists said was barrel bombs dropped by government forces in Aleppo's Dahret Awwad neighborhood January 29, 2014.
Freedom House Flickr

On Tuesday the United Nations announced a new plan to freeze fighting in the besieged northern Syrian city of Aleppo. If it’s successful, it will be implemented in other areas throughout the war-torn country.

U.N. Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said unlike previous attempts at broad-based ceasefires, the narrow focus of this one may actually lead to the de-escalation of violence. The only real solution to the ongoing conflict, though, will be a political one.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

World Views: October 31, 2014

Rebecca Cruise explains how a proposed internet tax drew tens of thousands of Hungarians to the streets of Budapest in protest, and Joshua Landis provides an update on a victory by secularists in Tunisia’s elections.

Later, a discussion with Oklahoma City imam Imad Enchassi. As a child in Lebanon’s refugee camps, he witnessed the massacre of thousands of his fellow Palestinians. Suzette Grillot talks about humanitarian work in the Middle East with Enchassi and Oklahoma City University political scientist Mohamed Daadoui.

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World Views
1:09 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

World Views: October 24, 2014

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot talk about the dispute between Norway and the International Olympic Committee over hosting the 2022 winter games, and the release of an American prisoner in North Korea after Kim Jong-un’s weeks-long absence from the public spotlight.

Later, a conversation with Jean Preston, who worked for the State Department shortly after Guatemala’s nearly four-decade civil war. She says the U.S. Embassy often served as the one place where indigenous leaders, private sector executives, and government officials could peacefully meet.

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12:50 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

World Views: October 3, 2014

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the so-called "Umbrella Revolution" protests in Hong Kong , and the closing arguments in the Bosnian war crimes trial of Radovan Karadžić in The Hague.

Later, a conversation with University of Waterloo political scientist Mariam Mufti. She studies electoral and party politics in South Asia, as well as democratization and regime change.

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