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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 talk about the current political, economic and social environment in Rio de Janeiro. They'll also discuss a recent poll that shows a general decline in support for the United States and President Trump around the world.

Then, Suzette talks with Mahtem Shiferraw. She's a poet who grew up in Eritrea and Ethiopia, whose collection of poetry, Fuchsia, examines concepts of personal displacement and nomadism.

People watch a TV screen showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's New Year's speech, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018.
Ahn Young-joon / AP

Americans tend to be more interested in domestic policy than foreign policy, but they do pay attention and have opinions about international politics.

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the lack of birth control in Venezuela, and the first meeting held between North and South Korea in more than two years.

Then, Suzette talks with Jacob Poushter of the Pew Research Center about American public opinion of foreign policy, and the image of the United States in other countries.

Zia Haider Rahman’s debut novel, In the Light of What We Know, covers a broad swath of topics, ranging from friendship, geopolitics, math and science.

The novel opens when an old friend appears at the narrator’s door, and the two men in their early forties have very different stories to tell about their lives.

Suzette Grillot talks with British author Zia Haider Rahman about his novel, In the Light of What We KnowThe book was awarded the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. Rahman has also worked as a human rights lawyer, a banker and an anti-corruption activist.

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.

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