foreign policy

World Views
11:23 am
Fri June 13, 2014

How Local Partisan Politics Affects U.S. Foreign Policy

President Obama meets with China's President Xi Jinping before a March 2014 bilateral meeting.
Pete Souza The White House

Despite George Washington’s plea for “no entangling alliances” in his farewell address, foreign policy, and military and economic intervention have been a staple of U.S. partisan politics since the 18th century.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

World Views: February 14, 2014

Suzette Grillot hosts the program from Puebla, Mexico, and shares her thoughts on the colonial city with University of Oklahoma Spanish literature historian Luis Cortest.

Later, a conversation with Pakistan analysts and scholars Joshua White and Shamyla Chaudry about how the country's burgeoning, educated youth population and how various religious and militant groups pose distinct policy concerns for the South Asian nuclear power and the United States.

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World Views
11:17 am
Thu February 13, 2014

U.S.-Pakistan Relations: Challenges And Opportunities With Pakistan’s Diversity

Pakistani boys unload food from a U.S. Army helicopter. Pakistan needs the United States "for a whole host of support," says Lahore School of Economics professor Shamyla Chaudry.
Credit Spc. Stephen J. Schmitz / U.S. Army / Flickr Creative Commons

Pakistan’s burgeoning, educated youth population and various religious and militant groups pose distinct policy concerns for the South Asian nuclear power and the United States, say analysts and scholars Joshua White and Shamyla Chaudry.

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World Views
2:52 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

World Views: October 4, 2013

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss the foreign policy implications of the partial federal government shutdown, and the lingering effects of last month's mall shooting in Nairobi on Kenya's tourism industry and political stability.

Later, Suzette talks with Reggie Whitten, the founder of the Oklahoma City-based charity Pros for Africa. His foundation works closely with Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, a nun from Uganda who operates a school for children affected by Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.

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World Views
2:42 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Major And Minor International Implications Of The Government Shutdown

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel briefs the press in Seoul, Republic of Korea October 1, 2013. Hagel answered question regarding the government shutdown.
Credit Secretary of Defense / Flickr Creative Commons

The partial government shutdown entered its fourth day Friday, and President Obama canceled a planned 17-day Asia trip that was part of his administration’s “pivot” to focus more on the rising economic powers in the region.

“This is not the first time he’s had to cancel trips to Asia,” says Rebecca Cruise, a comparative politics expert and the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies. “So this does send an interesting message to those leaders. Are we really going to be focusing our attention there, or are we really trying to get involved in the region, and try to exert our interest there vis-à-vis China? That has consequences.”

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

World Views: June 21, 2013

Rebecca Cruise returns and guest-hosts while Suzette Grillot joins the program from Italy to talk about protests sweeping Brazil's largest cities, and the implications of the newly-elected moderate president for the future of a nuclear Iran.

University of California, Berkeley historian Daniel Sargent argues the 1970s were a pivotal decade on the global stage. He calls U.S. foreign policy immediately after the Cold War “uninspiring.”

World Views
5:18 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

How The 1970s Changed The Role Of Human Rights In U.S. Foreign Policy

Jimmy Carter hosts a ceremony commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 6 December 1978
Credit White House Staff Photographer / National Archives and Records Administration

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University of California, Berkeley historian Daniel Sargent says the 1970s were a turning point for American foreign policy.

“Prior to the '70s, the U.S. was very actively engaged in working to promote development and modernization within foreign countries in the developing world,” Sargent says. “And these efforts proved largely unsuccessful.”

Sargent says President Carter was the first, and last, president to make human rights a central policy issue. After Carter, the United States took a step back from actively promoting development and focused on maintaining an open system of international trade.

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