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
8:14 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Chinese Economic Expansionism Provokes Cautious Indian Response

India's prime minister Narendra Modi greets Chinese President Xi Jinping, September 17, 2014
Narendra Modi Flickr

China’s President Xi Jinping paid a three-day visit to India this week to promote trade between the two countries as part of its broader initiative to strengthen regional economic cooperation.

Over the past few years China has been building ports and making strategic investments throughout South Asia as part of its “String of Pearls” plan, says Rebecca Cruise, Assistant Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma and a security studies and a comparative politics expert.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

World Views: September 19, 2014

Rebecca Cruise reports on the Xi Jinping's tour of South Asia and its effects on the future of trade between China and those countries. She also outlines President Obama's strategy to help contain the Ebola outbreak devastating West Africa.

Later in the program, Suzette Grillot interviews groundbreaking social entrepreneur Paul Polak about his strategies for pulling people out of poverty around the world.

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World Views
1:19 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Obama, UN Commit To Fighting Growing Ebola Threat

On Tuesday President Obama warned of the growing global threat posed by the deadly Ebola epidemic sweeping across Africa and announced a new plan to combat the virus.

“If the outbreak is not stopped now, we could be looking at hundreds of thousands of people infected, with profound political and economic and security implications for all of us,” President Obama said in his speech at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia.

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World Views
3:51 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

How Paul Polak Uses Economic Principles To Fight Poverty

When Paul Polak visited Bangladesh for the first time he did what he says people with humanitarian aims don’t do enough. He asked the residents what they needed.

“They quickly told me in Bangladesh that they were poor because they made most of their money from farming on small one-acre farms,” Polack says. “And what they needed most to earn more income was affordable irrigation.”

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

World Views: September 12, 2014

Joshua Landis explains President Obama's strategy to confront ISIS without pursuing the kind of nation building projects that past administrations have attempted. 

Rebecca Cruise reports on the pros and cons of a possible Scottish independence including questions of currency, EU membership, industry and nationalism.

Later in the program, an interview with Puerto Rican author Esmeralda Santiago exploring her ties to her native country and her relationship with art and activism.

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World Views
1:44 pm
Fri September 12, 2014

President Obama's ISIS Plan: How Realistic Is It?

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden meet with members of the National Security Council in the Situation Room of the White House hours before his national address, Sept. 10, 2014.
Pete Souza The White House

Syria, Russia, and Iran have condemned the plan to lead a broad coalition against the Islamic State President Obama outlined Wednesday night, stating that without a UN resolution U.S. action in Syria would be an act of aggression and in violation of international law.

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World Views
10:38 am
Fri September 12, 2014

As Independence Referendum Approaches, All Eyes On Scotland

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Tensions are high as the September 18 referendum on Scottish independence grows closer. With polls showing massive gains by Scottish nationalists in recent weeks, the outcome of Thursday’s vote is too close to call.

The referendum is attracting a huge amount of attention in Scotland where a record 97% of adults have registered to vote. This figure includes 16- and 17-year-olds who are now eligible to vote for the first time. And everyone has an opinion.

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World Views
12:39 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Author Esmeralda Santiago Finds Identity Through Art

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When Esmeralda Santiago arrived in New York City in the early 1960s, she was completely terrified.

“I always think of the trip from Puerto Rico to the United States as probably the most traumatic thing that ever happened to me,” Santiago says. “I was a rural girl. We lived out in the country. I had never seen television. We had no electricity or running water.”

The alienation Santiago felt informed her writing. That turmoil, and her love for the history of Puerto Rico and the voices of characters she heard in her dreams, became Santiago’s novel Conquistadora.

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12:23 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

World Views: September 5, 2014

Suzette Grillot and Joshua Landis discuss the turmoil in Iraq caused by ISIS. Rebecca Cruise reports on state of Ukraine and its possible cease fire with Russia.

Later in the program, an interview with Boston College Near East Historian and political scientist Franck Salameh about the many dialects of Arabic and the future of teaching it.

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12:02 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

After Second Beheading, Still No Strategy To Combat Islamic State

President Obama delivers an update on the situation and U.S. position on Iraq - August 7, 2014.
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Outrage at the Islamic State (ISIS) grew again this week with the brutal killing of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff.

In statement following the killing, President Obama vowed to degrade and destroy the Islamic State. However, the United States still has no clear plan for how to do so.

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