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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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Al Jazeera English Channel staff prepare for a broadcast in the Doha newsroom in Qatar on Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2006., the day before the network's launch.
Hamid Jalaudin / AP

A decade ago, retired U.S. Marine and current Al Jazeera English journalist Josh Rushing’s life looked significantly different. Rushing frequently served as an interview subject representing the Corps during Operation Iraqi Freedom, a position he describes as “selling the war.” “I would now call it ‘casting’ without much sense of irony,” Rushing said of his selection as a spokesperson. “I was cast for the position. I was a young Marine. I had a certain look. I had a young family. I fit...

Joshua Landis and Suzette Grllot discuss the situation in Yemen after rebel groups fired missiles at a U.S. naval vessel. Then Rebecca Cruise talks with Lucio Bianchi. He's an activist and supporter of Italy's Movimento 5 Stelle ("Five Star Movement"), and will explain the country's growing populism.

Activists of the anti-establishment 5 Star Movement gather in front of the ancient Colosseum in Rome, Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Gregorio Borgia / AP

In an election cycle fraught with uncertainty, inflammatory rhetoric and vicious partisanship, it can be easy for Americans to forget about the political spheres outside the United States. While parliamentary systems are often similarly constrained by deep party divides, some new players have entered the field to shake up European domestic politics. Italy’s Movimento 5 Stelle (“Five Star Movement”) is one such group. While the initiative firmly rejects being labeled as a political party, its...

Brian Hardzinski
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Just 10 years ago, only 30 percent of American adults reported owning a laptop computer -- a number that has now doubled, according to the Pew Research Center’s latest data . Meanwhile, cell phone ownership has also risen, while desktop computer use has dropped. Amidst the global spread of the Internet and the tech industry’s constant flux, news of Russian , Chinese and Iranian hackers has swept headlines around the world. The face of contemporary cybercrime is increasingly tech-savvy, a...

World Views: October 7, 2016

Oct 7, 2016

During the first presidential debate last month, both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton said cybersecurity would be a significant challenge for the next U.S. president. Suzette Grillot discusses the international aspects of hacks, internet attacks, and political espionage with the University of Oklahoma’s Mark Raymond. But first, Grillot and Rebecca Cruise talk about the peace deal voters in Colombia defeated, and a proposed new law in the UK requiring businesses to declare how many foreign-born employees they’ve hired.

World Views: September 30, 2016

Sep 30, 2016

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss the legacy of Israel’s prime minister and president Shimon Peres, who died this week, and President Obama’s nomination of the first U.S. Ambassador to Cuba in decades. Then Suzette talks with the University of Oklahoma’s Diplomat In Residence Rob Andrew . He's spent 13 years in the Foreign Service, including assignments in Mexico, Costa Rica, Sweden, and Russia.

University of Oklahoma Diplomat In Residence Rob Andrew
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Despite its location in a landlocked, central state, the University of Oklahoma’s serves as the home base for Rob Andrew , the U.S. State Department’s Diplomat in Residence for the Central U.S. region. He grew up in an internationally engaged family - Andrew’s mother is Canadian. His earlier career as a U.S. Army officer who served in the Middle East during the first Gulf War eventually led him to the Foreign Service. “You're actually looking at, so to speak, one of the last people to ever...

World Views: September 23, 2016

Sep 26, 2016

Joshua Landis provides an update on the latest news from Syria, and Suzette Grillot talks with Kay Bickham from the Oklahoma City chapter of the International Visitors Council.

Oklahoma City Skyline at night
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While pop-culture references to Oklahoma frequently involve depictions of either tranquil farm folk or tornadic American sharpshooters, few Americans realize the distinctly international role of that the state has. Along with over 200,000 immigrants who call Oklahoma home, both Tulsa and Oklahoma host international delegations through an organization known as Global Ties . “They [the most recent group] just loved Oklahoma City,” said Kay Bickham, executive director of the Oklahoma City...

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss Italy's response to drug trafficking through North Africa, and how it's affecting groups like the Islamic State, who are fighting over the region. Then Grillot talks with journalist and author Maria Armoudian. Her latest book tells the book tells the stories of reporters who cover war zones, the challenges of shrinking budgets, and censorship.

Swaths of cannabis in northern Morocco. The U.N. estimates 80,000 families in the rugged northern Rif mountains make their living from growing marijuana. Their efforst have made Morocco the main hashish supplier for Europe and the world.
Abdeljalil Bounhar / AP

Since 2013, European Union officials have seized hundreds of tons of hashish, worth more than $3 billion, from 20 ships traversing a lucrative drug trafficking route across the Mediterranean. The drugs flow through multiple countries – Morocco, Libya, Egypt, and some Balkan states – and even areas controlled by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants, who are taxing the shipments as it goes through their territory. “These countries, Libya in particular, these are not countries that are known...

Maria Armoudian
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Maria Armoudian’s first book explored the role radio played in exploiting deeply-held divisions between Hutus and Tutsis during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide. Kill the Messenger: the Media’s Role in the Fate of the World argued media has the power to make peace and advance democracy, but it can also lead to propaganda and human rights abuses. Listen To Maria Armoudain’s 2013 World Views Interview “ Since the conclusion [of Kill the Messenger] was we needed ethical journalism, we need responsible...

U.S. men's gymnastics coach Mark Williams says he could sit down for a meal in the Olympic Village and overhear conversations in five different language. He'll share his experiences from Rio de Janeiro and his thoughts on sports diplomacy in a conversation with Suzette Grillot. But first, Rebecca Cruise talks with University of Oklahoma anthropologist Noah Theriault about the Philippines' new president and his controversial tactics to confront drug trafficking and violence in his country.

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte steps out of his limousine upon arrival at Merdeka Palace to meet Indonesian counterpart Joko Widodo in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.
Dita Alangkara / AP

The world’s eyes turned to the Philippines this week after President Rodrigo Duterte made disparaging remarks about President Obama during his visit to Asia. It’s not the first time Duterte’s comments have made international news since he took office in June, previously criticizing the U.S. and U.K. response to violence in the Middle East, and using a homophobic slur against the U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines. University of Oklahoma anthropologist Noah Theriault , who studies the...

Germany's Fabian Hambuechen, Britain's Nile Wilson, and United States' Danell Leyva celebrate during the medal ceremony for horizontal bar during 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Aug. 16, 2016.
Rebecca Blackwell / AP

An Olympic hallmark since the 1932 games , the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro hosted University of Oklahoma men’s gymnastics coach Mark Williams and his team this summer. Of all the spectacles he saw in Brazil, Williams found the facility one of the most striking. “The Olympic village is just an amazing place. You can sit down and have lunch and have five different languages in your ear,” Williams said. “One day I just started to count, and I think I got up to 35 different countries represented within about 100 feet of me.”

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