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
7:22 am
Mon December 1, 2014

CODEPINK's Medea Benjamin Wants A Future With Less Drones, More Diplomacy

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President George W. Bush enacted the Homeland Security Advisory System after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It designated colors to different levels of perceived threat. In response to the push toward military action they saw, a group of women, including Medea Benjamin, created CODEPINK to organize protests.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri November 28, 2014

World Views: November 28, 2014

Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot discuss the surprising outcome of last week's presidential elections in Romania, and the future of presidential politics in Burkina Faso.

Then, a conversation with activist and CODEPINK co-founder Medea Benjamin. She argues the use of drone strikes actually increases the likelihood of war, because it reduces the barriers to entering conflict.

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World Views
2:37 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Burkina Faso’s Interim Government Holds First Cabinet Meeting

Assemblee Nationale in Burkina Faso
Wikimedia Commons

Burkina Faso’s 26 member cabinet held its first meeting on Monday. Appointed by coup leader and current Prime Minister Isaac Zida Yacouba, the cabinet will govern the country’s affairs until the November 2015 elections. 

With the exception of Adama Sagnon who resigned as Culture and Tourism Minister on Tuesday after two days protests, the cabinet has been well-received.

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World Views
10:33 am
Thu November 27, 2014

Romanian President-Elect Promises Change

Drapel Arcul de Triumf in Romania
Wikimedia Commons

After a surprise win in the second round of presidential elections earlier this month, Romanian President-Elect Klaus Iohannis is maintaining his momentum. 

This week he discussed plans to strengthen Romania’s ties to the West and investigate allegations of the rampant political corruption – platforms he campaigned on. He also predicted that lawmakers would soon start to abandon Prime Minister Victor Ponta's ruling coalition in order to purse these policies.

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World Views
4:32 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

World Views: November 21, 2014

Joshua Landis compares what he calls the “Great Sorting Out” in the Middle East to historical conflicts in Eastern Europe that also stretched across ethnic and religious lines.

Then Joshua and Rebecca Cruise talk with Matthew Barber. He was one of the first bloggers to write about the capture of thousands of Yazidi  women and girls as the minority community of northern Iraq was wiped out this summer.

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World Views
4:18 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Blogger Matthew Barber Describes Covering Yazidi Disappearance, Sinjar Siege

An Iraqi Yazidi girl with her family at the Newroz refugee camp in Syria, on August 15th.
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In the Iraqi province of Kurdistan, women of the Yazidi ethnic minority are disappearing. At the most recent count, between 6,000 and 7,000 women and girls have been kidnapped, and many of those have been enslaved.

When Matthew Barber visited northern Iraq earlier this year, his goals were to conduct research and learn Kurdish. When he arrived he was faced with an enslavement crisis unfolding all around him and he knew that being an American academic gave him resources he could use to help.

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World Views
3:06 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

Landis: Iraq/Syria Situation Parallels 20th Century 'Great Sorting Out' In Europe

A refugee camp in Syria's northern city Aleppo, December 2013
IHH Humanitarian Relief Foundation Flickr

In recent years, millions have been killed or forced to flee their homes due to instability and violence across Iraq and Syria. Among these victims are many ethnic and religious minorities, including Christians and Yazidis.

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World Views
4:37 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Neustadt Prize Winner Reflects On The Civil War That Shaped Him

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Today Mia Couto is the 2014 recipient of the Neustadt International Prize for Literature, but had it not been for the events surrounding The Mozambican Civil War in 1977, he might never have become a writer.

In 1972 he was studying biology and planning to become a doctor. At the same time he belonged to FRELIMO, The Mozambique Liberation Front which, at the time, was pushing for independence from Portugal.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

World Views: November 14, 2014

Rebecca Cruise talks with Joshua Landis about air strikes against the Islamic State, and how Syria’s neighbors are affected by millions of refugees.

Later, Suzette Grillot's recent interview with the 2014 Neustadt Prize for International Literature winner Mia Couto. Shortly after the country’s independence from Portugal, the Mozambique Liberation Front asked him to suspend his medical studies and work as a journalist.

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World Views
2:14 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

New U.N. Proposal To Freeze Syrian Conflict Amid ISIS Threats And Refugee Crisis

People walk on rubble of collapsed buildings at a site hit by what activists said was barrel bombs dropped by government forces in Aleppo's Dahret Awwad neighborhood January 29, 2014.
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On Tuesday the United Nations announced a new plan to freeze fighting in the besieged northern Syrian city of Aleppo. If it’s successful, it will be implemented in other areas throughout the war-torn country.

U.N. Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura said unlike previous attempts at broad-based ceasefires, the narrow focus of this one may actually lead to the de-escalation of violence. The only real solution to the ongoing conflict, though, will be a political one.

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