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.

You can contact the show directly at worldviews@ou.edu, or follow the program on Twitter @worldviewsKGOU.

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World Views
12:58 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

What Assad May Have Learned In Egypt, And Could Apply To Syria

U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks to members of the media April 25, 2013, in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. While briefing reporters, Hagel announced that the White House had released a statement saying it had evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad had used chemical weapons against Syrian rebels.
Credit Erin A. Kirk-Cuomo / U.S. Department of Defense / Wikimedia Commons

Earlier this week Syrian anti-government activists accused President Bashar al-Assad's regime of carrying out a toxic gas attack. Death tolls as high as 1,300 have been reported, but the government has called the allegations “absolutely baseless.”

Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma, tells KGOU’s World Views that video footage clearly shows something horrible has happened.

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World Views
11:09 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Outgoing OU Museum Director Says Technology Will Define Art’s Next Generation

A mural at the Venezuela Pavilion at the 55th Art Biennale in Venice, Italy.
Credit Konstantinos Koukopoulos / Flickr Creative Commons

Listen to Suzette Grillot's conversation with Ghislain d’Humières.

The departing director of the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art says 21st Century art will be shaped by music, video, and other mixed media to visually express ideas in new and exciting ways.

Ghislain d’Humières spoke with World Views host and OU College of International Studies Dean Suzette Grillot shortly before he takes over as the CEO of the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.

“It’s an exciting trend. There is absolutely no border on the canvas. Anything could be the canvas,” d’Humières says. “One could argue that every period had a very cutting-edge, contemporary time, but I think the period we’re living in right now has been seeing a huge amount of new technology and new ways to express art.”

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

World Views: August 16, 2013

Listen to the August 16, 2013 episode.

On Thursday President Obama canceled joint military exercises with Egypt. Samer Shehata, a University of Oklahoma professor of Middle East Studies and an expert on Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, says while the move was the least President Obama could do, it was still necessary. 

Foreign aid to post-conflict countries usually focuses on rebuilding physical infrastructure. Peter Weinberger says in countries where there are deep divisions between religious, ethnic, or tribal groups, social reconstruction is more important, and can be much more difficult to achieve, than physical reconstruction.

World Views
3:45 pm
Fri August 16, 2013

How Intergenerational Trauma Creates Lasting Challenges In Divided Societies

The remains of a mural supporting the paramilitary Ulster Volunteer Force on a crumbling wall in Protestant South Belfast in 2007. It originally showed the UVF logo (a red hand surrounded by the words "For God of Ulster") flanked by two armed men.
Credit PPCC Antifa / Flickr

Listen to Suzette Grillot's interview with Peter Weinberger.

Foreign aid to post-conflict countries usually focuses on rebuilding physical infrastructure. Peter Weinberger says in countries where there are deep divisions between religious, ethnic, or tribal groups, social reconstruction is more important, and can be much more difficult to achieve, than physical reconstruction.

Weinberger is a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace. He now teaches at USIP’s Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding after working with various non-governmental organizations in Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Northern Ireland, Bosnia, and the western Balkans. Weinberger says in “divided societies” like these, group identities are salient and cause a lot of conflict between people – even decades after the immediate violence ends.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Thu August 15, 2013

Government Crackdown Raises Larger Questions About Egypt's Economic Future

President Obama speaks by phone with his National Security Staff regarding the situation in Egypt, while in Chilmark, Mass., Aug. 15, 2013.
Credit Amanda Lucidon / The White House

On Thursday President Obama canceled joint military exercises with Egypt – saying U.S. cooperation with that country can't "continue as usual" amid the violence that claimed more than 600 lives since Wednesday. 

Samer Shehata, a University of Oklahoma professor of Middle East Studies and an expert on Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, says while the move was the least President Obama could do, it was still necessary.

“It isn't terribly costly for the United States or for the Egyptian military,” Shehata says. “I think the larger questions, the more important questions, are will U.S. military assistance to Egypt, which is on the tune of $1.3 billion annually, will that be suspended or ended?”

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World Views
6:57 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Diplomat Yoder On The Challenges And Rewards Of Working In The U.S. Foreign Service

The Harry S. Truman Building in Washington D.C. Headquarters of the U.S. Department of State
Credit Loren / Wikimedia Commons

Listen to Suzette Grillot's interview with Michael Yoder.

Last week U.S. embassies and consulates across the Middle East and North Africa closed in response to an intercepted message among senior al-Qaeda operatives.

This threat highlights the important, and precarious, position of U.S. diplomatic missions overseas.

Veteran diplomat Michael Yoder has spent more than 20 years as a U.S. Foreign Service Officer. During this time, he has served in eight countries including Mexico, Poland, India, and Uzbekistan.

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World Views
9:07 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

How The Global Garment Industry Affects Workers In the Developing World

A garment factory in Bangladesh.
Kelsey Timmerman Flickr

In April, more than 1,100 workers died and thousands more were injured when a garment factory collapsed in Bangladesh. The deadliest garment industry disaster in history focused attention on the working conditions in clothing factories across the developing world.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

World Views: August 2, 2013

Listen to the August 2, 2013 episode.

Suzette Grillot hosts the program from London, and Joshua Landis joins her by phone from Vermont to provide an update on the civil war in Syria, and how recent events in Iraq contribute to the growing violence in the region, particularly in Syria.

Later, a conversation with journalist and author Kelsey Timmerman. His book Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countires, Factories, and People That Make Our Clothes tells the stories of the workers and conditions in the developing world's garment industries.

World Views
4:56 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

How An "Al-Qaida 2" Is Re-Emerging In The Middle East

Free Syrian Army rebels clean their AK47s in Aleppo during the civil war - October 19, 2012.
Credit Scott Bobb / VOA News

Last month, at least 500 prisoners reportedly escaped from the Baghdad Central Prison in Abu Ghraib during an attack al-Qaida’s Iraq arm claimed responsibility for.

Joshua Landis, the Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma and the author of the widely-read blog Syria Comment, says the audacious prison break re-energized al-Qaida in Iraq.

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World Views
5:01 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

How PeacePlayers International Uses Basketball to Unite Divided Communities

Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager Sam Presti works with PeacePlayers International campers in Tel Aviv, Israel
PeacePlayers International

Pessimism abounds as Israeli and Palestinian leaders prepare to resume US-backed peace talks next week.

But government action isn’t the only answer to the region’s problems. PeacePlayers International, a nonprofit organization founded in 2001, is helping to create sustainable peace through grassroots efforts. Its programs in Israel and the West Bank bring together Jewish, Muslim, Christian, and Druze children to play basketball and develop mutual respect and understanding.

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