World Views

Fridays 4-4:30 p.m., 6:30-7 p.m. and Saturdays 6-6:30 a.m.

World Views is hosted by Suzette Grillot, Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma, with regular analysis from Joshua Landis, director of the Center for Middle East Studies at OU, and Rebecca Cruise, the College's Assistant Dean and a security studies and a comparative politics expert. Each week's show focuses on specific global topics in a roundtable discussion, followed by in-depth interviews with experts and news makers.

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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.

Alisa Ganieva
Storme Jones / KGOU

Award-winning novelist Alisa Ganieva’s books describe the complexities of her home, the Russian republic of Dagestan.

An English translation of her second book, Bride and Groom, will be released in January 2018. It’s a fictional depiction of marriage in her home.

Ganieva spoke to KGOU’s World Views when she was in Norman for the annual Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture. She says her novel begins when the groom’s family book a large banquet for his wedding. However, he does not yet have a bride.

Rebecca Cruise talks with Gershon Lewental and  Samer Shehata about President Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,  and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capitol.

Then, Rebecca talks with Alisa Ganieva, an author from the Russian republic of Dagetan. Ganieva's work includes Salaam Dagat!, The Mountain and the Wall and The Bridge and Groom.

World Views: December 1, 2017

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Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss this week's decision at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the The Hague.

Then, Suzette talks to Arturo Sarukhan, former Mexican ambassador to the United States, about the importance of cooperative US-Mexico relations.

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.

Poet Sasha Pimentel at the KGOU studios.
Storme Jones / KGOU

Even though she doesn’t speak Arabic and is not a Muslim, poet Sasha Pimentel says the call to prayer in Saudi Arabia has influenced her work.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping arrive for the state dinner with the first ladies at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.
Thomas Peter / Pool Photo via AP

The relationship between China and the United States is difficult, but there is a chance for a harmonious path forward.

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.