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
11:42 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Tunisia’s Secular Party Wins Parliamentary Vote

Members of the Ennahda Movement in Tunisia's Constituent Assembly. The party lost 16 seats in Sunday's parliamentary elections.
Credit Parti Mouvement Ennahdha / Flickr Creative Commons

On Sunday Tunisia’s secular Nidaa Tounes party defeated the Islamist Ennahda party in the country’s first full parliamentary election since the 2010-2011 revolution that launched the Arab Spring.

“It's been a good news story in a world of bad news in the Middle East,” say Joshua Landis, Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma.

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World Views
1:09 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

World Views: October 24, 2014

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot talk about the dispute between Norway and the International Olympic Committee over hosting the 2022 winter games, and the release of an American prisoner in North Korea after Kim Jong-un’s weeks-long absence from the public spotlight.

Later, a conversation with Jean Preston, who worked for the State Department shortly after Guatemala’s nearly four-decade civil war. She says the U.S. Embassy often served as the one place where indigenous leaders, private sector executives, and government officials could peacefully meet.

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World Views
12:58 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Citing Cost, Norway Withdraws Bid For 2022 Olympic Games Citing Cost, Extravagance

The ski jump in Lillehammer, Norway, the site of the 1994 Olympic Winter Games.
Ronhjones Wikimedia Commons

This month Norway became the fourth country to withdraw its bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Oslo’s withdrawal leaves only two cities in the race: Almaty, Kazakhstan and Beijing, China.

The main concern has been cost. This year’s Winter Games in Sochi were the most expensive ever, with a price tag of $51 billion.

Another significant factor for Oslo was reportedly the number of unusual and excessive demands by the International Olympic Committee says World Views Host Suzette Grillot.

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World Views
12:52 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

In Surprise Move, North Korea Releases American Prisoner As Kim Reappears

Credit (stephen) / Flickr Creative Commons

Reemerging from his six-week absence, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un ordered the release of American Jeffrey Fowle on Wednesday.

Fowle, 56, was arrested in May for leaving a Bible at a club for foreign sailors in the northern city of Chongjin. He was awaiting trial for anti-state crimes when he was released.

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World Views
10:08 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Former OU Diplomat In Residence Describes Life In The Foreign Service

Jessica Woods OU Daily

When the University of Oklahoma’s former Diplomat in Residence Jean Preston was ten years old, she picked up the book The Ugly American by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer at a garage sale. The book describes the lives of American people living in a fictionalized South East Asian country (based on Vietnam).

“I said, "Gosh wouldn't that be a great job! I'd get to travel around the world, represent the United States, meet all sorts of interesting people, get to learn about their cultures, explain our culture and our government to them,” Preston says.

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World Views
4:02 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Why Modern-Day Slavery Is A Drag On The Economy And Environment

missy & the universe Flickr Creative Commons

For most Americans, the word "slavery" conjures up images of the distant past - a land of cotton, plantations, and blue and grey coats. It seems like a relic from a different time and a different world, but in reality, more people are enslaved today than at any point in human history.

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World Views
3:08 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

World Views: October 10, 2014

Joshua Landis provides an update on the attacks by self-proclaimed Islamic State militants near the Turkish border, and the Syrian government’s ability to focus on battling rebels because the United States is devoting its energy to combating ISIS.

Later, a conversation with Ron Burton. He’s a Norman resident who just finished a year-long term as the president of Rotary International.

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World Views
2:51 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

As Turkey Waits Out Battle, ISIS Intensifies Attacks On Kobani

Islamic State members claim these twin explosions on October 8 in southeastern Kobani was not caused by airstrikes but was executed by the suicide bomber Abu Talha al-Ansari.
Karl-Ludwig Poggemann Flickr

On Friday UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura warned that hundreds of civilians will likely be massacred if Kobani falls under the control of ISIS. The UN announcement came after weeks of intense fighting between ISIS and besieged Kurdish forces in the Syrian city.

Despite international calls for intervention, Turkey has refused to allow its military or its Kurdish citizens to go fight to defend Kobani. Located on the border between Syria and Turkey, the city is home to 250,000 people.

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World Views
2:19 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Rotary International Promotes Peace While Eradicating Polio

Daniel Oines Flickr Creative Commons

In 1905, a Chicago lawyer named Paul Harris began a small club with three of his friends. They rotated their meetings between their different offices, which prompted them to name it The Rotary Club.

Since then Rotary International has grown exponentially and now includes 34,000 Rotary Clubs around the world with 1.2 million members.

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World Views
1:45 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Bosnian War Crimes Tribunal Called Into Question As Karadžić Trial Draws To A Close

Gravestones at the Potočari genocide memorial near Srebrenica.
Michael Büker Wikimedia Commons

Wednesday’s closing arguments marked the end of five years of court hearings in the case against former Bosnian Serb political leader Radovan Karadžić at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

Karadžić has been accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and violations of the laws of war for his role during the 1992-1995 Bosnian War, including the massacre of over 8,000 Bosnian Muslim men and boys at Srebrenica. Prosecutors are seeking a life sentence for Karadžić, but there will be no decision from the ICTY until mid-2015.

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