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).

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World Views
11:32 am
Fri August 29, 2014

'Glee' Actor And OU Alum Iqbal Theba On Diversity, Unexpected Career About-Face

Iqbal Theba addresses University of Oklahoma students in April 2014.
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When Iqbal Theba arrived at the University of Oklahoma from Pakistan in the early 1980s, he planned to become a construction manager. Instead, Theba became one of the most prominent South Asian actors in the United States.

Best known for his role as Principal Figgins on the hit series Glee, Theba has appeared in dozens of television shows, commercials, and movies, including Community and ER.

He discovered his love for acting when he went to see an OU friend perform in a play.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

World Views: August 22, 2014

Joshua Landis updates Suzette Grillot on the situation in Syria, and they talk about the rise of the Islamic State and this week’s murder of journalist James Foley.

Later, a conversation about the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal with Noel Maurer, Raisa Banfield, and Julie Greene.

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World Views
9:38 am
Fri August 22, 2014

At 100, Reflections On The Panama Canal’s Past And Future

A postcard showing the Panama Canal, circa 1912
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On August 15, 1914, the Panama Canal officially opened to commercial traffic. This feat of American engineering revolutionized international trade and quickly became a point of national pride for the United States.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

World Views: August 15, 2014

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot talk about the first woman to win math’s equivalent of the Nobel Prize, and North Korea’s missile test this week as Pope Francis visits South Korea.

Later, a conversation with classical Persian scholar Austin O’Malley. He says the language’s stability drew him to study centuries-old Near Eastern poetry.

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World Views
10:05 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Khayyam And Rumi: How Ancient Persian Poems Resonate In Modern Culture

An Ottoman era manuscript depicting Jalal al-Din Rumi and Shams-e Tabrizi.
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When Austin O’Malley decided to take a Persian class during his last year of college, he had no idea it would become his life-long passion.

“I got a taste for it,” O’Malley says. “And that was very exciting on a personal level, and also sort of enlightening when you start seeing how language or literature works.”

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World Views
11:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

World Views: August 8, 2014

Suzette Grillot talks with University of Oklahoma political scientist Keith Gaddie about West Africa's worst Ebola outbreak in history, and Monday's anniversary of Britain's entry into World War I.

Later, a conversation about education and development in Africa with OU economist and international and area studies professor Moussa Blimpo.

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World Views
10:02 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Why ‘The War To End All Wars’ Never Really Came To A Close

Royal Irish Rifles in a communications trench, first day on the Somme, 1916.
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Monday marked 100 years since the British declared war on Germany, after the Germans ignored Belgium’s refusal to allow troops to pass through its borders to France.

Four years and 16 million lives later, World War I set the stage for the rest of the 20th century. A century later, University of Oklahoma political scientist Keith Gaddie says the hot points of global conflict in the 21st century can be traced to the consequences of “the Great War” in Europe and Asia.

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World Views
2:47 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Preschool, Parents, Incentives: The New Face Of Educational Development In Africa

Children at the Bakau Primary School, The Gambia - March 12, 2013
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Traditionally, educational development work in Africa has focused on building schools and training teachers.

They’ve been successful in many African countries, but University of Oklahoma economist Moussa Blimpo says they’re not enough.

“In the past 20 years, what you see, and what has been celebrated, is the growth of access to education,” Blimpo says. “A lot of kids are getting to school. More than before. But they're not necessarily learning, and the learning outcomes are extremely poor.”

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

World Views: August 1, 2014

Samer Shehata joins Suzette Grillot to talk about democratic developments in Egypt, and how the conviction of journalists and questions about the fairness of May’s elections have affected the country’s relations with the United States.

Later, a conversation about police cooperation and Europe’s internal security policy with Canisius College political scientist John Occhipinti.

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World Views
10:07 am
Fri August 1, 2014

How Europol Battles Cybercrime And Prepares For The Future

The headquarters of Europol in The Hague.
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Europol, based in The Hague, Netherlands, is the European Union’s police office. Staffed by high-level police officers from the 28 EU member states, John Occhipinti says it functions as the “hub of a liaison network” that manages a database of criminal intelligence.

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