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
3:21 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

'Strange Bedfellows' As U.S. Entangles Itself In Unlikely Middle East Alliances

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shakes hands with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv, Israel, on July 23, 2014, before the two sat down to discuss a possible cease-fire to stop Israel's fight with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
U.S. Department of State

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered an address before Congress on Tuesday, urging President Obama not to craft a nuclear deal with Iran.

The domestic politics of the speech have been widely discussed, but the speech has raised issues of shifting U.S. alliances with Middle East countries.

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World Views
10:17 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Revolutionary Lessons: Parallels Between America’s Independence And The Arab Spring

John Trumbull's famous painting of the Founders presenting the Declaration of Independence to the Second Continental Congress.
Library of Congress

Beginning in 2010, a wave of revolutions swept the Middle East, removing rulers and establishing new regimes. Although the Arab Spring took place more than two centuries after the American Revolution, they occurred in similar social and political contexts.

“Before [the Arab Spring] there was an Atlantic Spring that began actually in 1776,” says Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Gordon Wood.

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World Views
1:13 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

World Views: February 27, 2015

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss tensions between Israel and the United States ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress next week, and European nations that are working to develop a more unified energy policy.

Then, a conversation with art historian Maya Stanfield-Mazzi. She studies pre-Colombian art in the Andes, and says the work of South America’s Inca culture was abstract, without a clear narrative.

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World Views
10:49 am
Wed February 25, 2015

Art In Andean Religious Traditions And How It Evolved After Spanish Conquest

University of Arizona Press

Colonization of the Andes and the expansion of Catholicism changed the subjects of the region’s art, but many of the older traditions survived Spain’s settlement of South America.

Pre-Columbian art forms in the Andes often used vivid colors, precious metals, and fine textiles to represent the sacred.

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World Views
3:02 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Everything You Need To Know About The Foreign Films Competing In Sunday's Oscars

The Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California, home of the annual Academy Awards.
Greg Hernandez Flickr

The 87th Academy Awards will be handed out Sunday, and this year the category of Best Foreign Language Film received 83 submissions.

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World Views
12:42 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

World Views: February 13, 2015

Syria Comment blogger Joshua Landis provides analysis of President Bashar Assad’s interview this week with the BBC, and Rebecca Cruise discusses German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit with President Obama, and what they’re trying to accomplish regarding Ukraine. 

Then Rebecca talks with Kathryn Bolkovac, who sued her employers for unfair dismissal after she lost her job for trying to expose sex trafficking in Bosnia. Her story was dramatized in the 2010 film The Whistleblower.

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World Views
12:31 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Signs Of Optimisim On Ukraine After Obama, Merkel Meet In Washington

President Obama said Monday Russian aggression against Ukraine has reinforced the unity of the U.S. and its partners in Europe and around the world.

Obama spoke at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. He says if Russia continues on its current course, its political and economic isolation will worsen.

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World Views
12:00 pm
Fri February 13, 2015

Landis: Assad Wants Cooperation From Unwilling U.S., No Partner In Syria

Syria's President Bashar al-Assad granted an unusual interview to the BBC on Tuesday, discussing the nearly four-year-old civil war in his country, and his relationship with the United States.

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World Views
10:51 am
Fri February 13, 2015

Former UN Police Investigator Explains The Problems She Faced As A Whistleblower

Former UN International Police Task Force investigator Kathryn Bolkovac, who altered officials to sex trafficking in Bosnia and Herzegovinia during the 1990s and early 2000s.
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In 2001, Kathryn Bolkovac was fired from her position as a human rights investigator for the U.N. International Police Task Force in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Bolkovac says her termination came after she “continued to make waves” about the involvement of other members of the U.N. forces in human trafficking, prostitution, and exploitation of women in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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World Views
4:15 pm
Fri February 6, 2015

World Views: February 6, 2015

Rebecca Cruise explains this week’s court ruling that no genocide was proven in the 1990s Serbia-Croatia conflict, and Joshua Landis describes the complex relationship between Jordan and the self-proclaimed Islamic State in light of the brutal murder of a Jordanian fighter pilot.

Then I’m joined by journalist Franz Bumeder. As a German radio correspondent in the 1990s, he reported on those wars in Kosovo, Bosnia, Croatia, and Macedonia.

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