Suzette Grillot

Host of World Views

Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, Dr. Suzette Grillot hosts this locally-produced show on KGOU.  Dean Grillot previously served as the College’s Associate Dean from July 2008-June 2012 and was essential to its creation and development. Additionally, she serves as the William J. Crowe, Jr. Chair in Geopolitics and the Vice Provost of International Programs. She has been recognized with the Gary B. Cohen Distinguished Faculty Award, was named the Educator’s Leadership Academy Outstanding Professor, and was recipient of the OU President’s Distinguished Faculty Mentor Award.

Dean Grillot is a prolific author, with articles published in the British Journal of Political Science, International Politics, and Contemporary Security Policy, among many others. She recently co-edited the book, Understanding the Global Community and co-authored the books Protecting Our Ports: National and International Security of Containerized Freight (2010) and The International Arms Trade (2009).

Trained in international relations, security studies and comparative politics, Dean Grillot teaches several dynamic courses each semester, focusing on subjects such as Global Security, International Activism, Illicit Trafficking, and International Politics, Literature and Film. Dean Grillot’s curiosity about the world and its people has led her to spend a semester teaching in Macedonia as a Fulbright Scholar (2003) and a semester as a teaching fellow at Beijing University in China (2007).

Ways to Connect

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise close out 2017 with an end-of-year discussion on some of the biggest international news events of the past 12 months. 

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Peruvian farmers talk to a staff member of the aid group World Neighbors about getting a loan to invest in their guinea pig farm.
Julio Moscoso / World Neighbors

The Oklahoma City-based NGO World Neighbors works on a variety of development projects across the world. Lionel Vigil, Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, says the NGO is focused on four components in his region: Sustainable agriculture, clean water, sanitation and savings and credit groups.

Suzette Grillot talks to Jacob McCleland about corruption allegations in Panama and HIV/AIDS rates among indigenous Panamanians.

Then, Suzette talks with World Neighbors' Regional Director for Latin American and Caribbean, about the NGO's development projects.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise talk about the plight of journalists around the world and a recent change in indigenous law in Canada that could affect over a million women.

Then, Suzette talks with Charlie Kenney about security and democratization in Mexico.

In this July 2, 2017 photo, Veracruz state police patrol along the waterfront boulevard in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico.
Rebecca Blackwell / AP

The recent surge of violence in Mexico is due to greater competition for territory between drug cartels, according to a University of Oklahoma political scientist.

Charles Kenney told KGOU’s World Views the Mexican government’s war on drug cartels weakened some drug cartels, but others have stepped up to fill the void,  creating violence.

Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., Arturo Sarukhan Casamitjana, pauses before answering question during his interview with the Associated Press in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

The United States and Mexico have a daily economic impact on each other, but citizens of both countries often don’t grasp the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship and how necessary cooperation is, according to a former Mexican ambassador.

Rebecca Cruise talks with poet Sasha Pimentel about the sound of language, the US-Mexico border and her experience as an immigrant.

Then, Suzette Grillot discusses invasive species and ecosystems in Brazil with University of Oklahoma PhD student Karen Castillioni.

Ben Curtis / AP Images

The Ugandan government has much work to do to reconcile a history of human rights abuses, says social justice activist Michael Otim.

Otim recently visited KGOU’s World Views to tell his story and talk about his work with non-governmental organizations in his native country.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise talk about an impending soda tax in Colombia, and the resulting threats. 

Then,  Suzette talks to Michael Otim about social justice in Uganda.

Suzette Grillot talks to Joshua Landis about the end of ISIS as a territorial state. 

Then,  Rebecca Cruise talks with China expert Yukon Huang about the U.S.-China relationship.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, is greeted by his Indonesian counterpart Jusuf Kalla during their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 20, 2017.
Pool / AP

Indonesia, a country made up of 17,000 islands, is home to approximately 260 million people. The archipelago nation has the 4th largest population on the planet, and with 203 million followers of Islam, it is the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss how Pakistani women are finding independence and managing their security through a transportation app.

Then, Suzette talks to Indonesian consul general Nana Yuliana about bilateral relations between her country and the U.S., and Indonesia's diversity.

World Views: October 27, 2017

Oct 27, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss Boko Haram's use of women and girls as suicide bombers. 

Then, Suzette talks with Splash CEO Eric Stowe about clean water projects.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca talk about women in leadership role worldwide, and in Germany.

Then, Suzette discusses the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution with historian Joshua Sanborn.

A demonstration of workers from the Putilov plant in Petrograd (modern day St. Peterburg), Russia, during the February Revolution.
State museum of political history of Russia

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution of 1917, one of the most important geopolitical events of the 20th century. The revolution was a product of several domestic factors and the First World War, which was especially destructive for Eastern Europe.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise will discuss the independence vote in Spain's Catalan region, and the Trump administration's expulsion of Cuban diplomats.

Then, Suzette talks with British Consul General Karen Bell about trade, security and Brexit.

Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister, Theresa May, addresses delegates during a speech at the Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central, in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.
Rui Vieira / AP

Trade between Oklahoma and the United Kingdom is thriving, and it’s Karen Bell’s job to promote and enhance trade and investment.

Karen Bell is the Consul General of the United Kingdom, stationed in Houston, Texas. Oklahoma falls within the five-state area in which she works.

“The UK is already the fifth largest market for exports of goods and services from Oklahoma. And the value actually to your local economy on trade with the UK, is getting on for half a billion dollars,” Bell told KGOU’s World Views.

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva greets supporters after giving his testimony to a federal judge overseeing a bribery investigation in Curitiba, in Curitiba, Brazil, Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017.
Denis Ferreira / AP

Corruption scandals continue to plague Brazilian presidents, past and present. Former two-term president Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, was found guilty of taking bribes involving a luxury beachfront apartment, in connection with assisting Brazilian Petroleum giant, Petrobras, in securing government contracts. He was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison. President Lula denies all charges against him and appealed the decision.

World Views: September 29, 2017

Sep 29, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise talk about the elections in Germany and Angola, and separatist referenda in Iraqi Kurdistan and Spain's Catalan region.

Then, Suzette talks with Fabio De Sa E Silva, a Brazil expert at the University of Oklahoma's Department of International & Area Studies, about Brazilian corruption investigations.

Portrait of Father Stanley Rother
Archdiocese of Oklahoma City

Born in the small town of Okarche, Oklahoma, Father Stanley Rother was ordained into the Roman Catholic Church in Oklahoma City in 1963. He served as a missionary pastor in Guatemala from 1968 until 1981, when he was murdered.