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World Views
4:20 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

World Views: April 18, 2014

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Joshua Landis and Suzette Grillot focus on the aggression in the east of Ukraine, and the well as the historical importance of Ukraine in Russian history. They also discuss how the war in Syria has affected the country’s ancient history and cultural heritage.

And later, a conversation with Israeli scholar Zaki Shalom. He says the Arab Spring has shifted focus away from the Middle East’s more long-standing discord.

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World Views
3:40 pm
Fri April 18, 2014

Putin – Peter The Great Redux, Or A Modern-Day James Monroe?

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Annual Meeting 2009 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2009.
Credit World Economic Forum / Flickr Creative Commons

After hours of negotiations Thursday, top diplomats from the United States, Europe, and Russia agreed to halt any violence, intimidation or provocative actions in Ukraine.

University of Oklahoma historian Joshua Landis, a regular contributor to KGOU’s World Views, says a Ukrainian use of military force could provoke a Russian counterattack, but Putin still has his eye on Eastern provinces.

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World Views
1:05 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

World Views: March 28, 2014

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Rebecca Cruise explains why Russia's ouster from the Group of Eight industrialized nations is mostly symbolic with little consequence, and Joshua Landis discusses the implications of the murder convictions of more than 500 supporters of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi.

Later, a conversation with political scientist Fevzi Bilgin about allegations against Turkey’s prime minister, and political instability ahead of Sunday's local elections.

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World Views
12:09 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

Ousted From The G8? Russia Doesn't Care, And Neither Should You

President Vladimir Putin opens an afternoon plenary session at Konstantinovsky Palace during the G20 Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sept. 6, 2013.
Credit Pete Souza / The White House

Earlier this week, the Group of Eight industrialized nations said they would suspend participation until Russia “changes course.” The move by the G7 nations is aimed at isolating Moscow as punishment for its annexation of the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine.

Rebecca Cruise, the Assistant Dean of the University of Oklahoma’s College of International Studies, says the statement is primarily symbolic, with few long-term effects.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

World Views: March 21, 2014

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Rebecca Cruise and Suzette Grillot focus on the dozens of nations involved in the search for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, and why it's difficult for countries to cooperate during international tragedies.

Later, Cruise talks with Baylor University political scientist Serhiy Kudelia about the ouster of Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, and what comes next in Ukraine.

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World Views
11:17 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Why It Could Take Years For Ukraine To Recover From 2014 Power Vacuum

The aftermath of protests in Kiev's Independence Square - February 26, 2014.
Credit Sasha Maksymenko / Flickr Creative Commons

Once the dust settles in Eastern Europe and the dispute over Crimea moves off the front pages of international media, Ukraine still faces a long road trying to right itself from teetering toward becoming a failed state.

Baylor University political scientist Serhiy Kudelia describes the movement as a revolution, rather than a coup, because of its policy-oriented focus and grassroots nature. But he says the inclusion of far-right nationalist representatives in the new government may become problematic.

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World Views
2:16 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

World Views: March 14, 2014

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Joshua Landis joins Suzette Grillot to discuss the continued escalation in Ukraine, and provide an update on Syria as the third anniversary of the country's civil war approaches.

Later, a conversation about Afrocentricity and identity with author, Temple University professor, and activist Molefi Kete Asante.

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World Views
12:50 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

To Understand Russia's Interest In Crimea, Start With Catherine The Great

Allegory of Catherine the Great’s Victory over the Turks and Tatars
Credit Stefano Torelli, 1772, Oil On Canvas / Wikimedia Commons

Talks in London about Ukraine between Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up Friday, but the country’s top two diplomats say there’s “no common” vision between Russia and the United States.

“It’s not just about power and access to the base,” says Suzette Grillot, the Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. “Historically, there’s much more to this story.”

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World Views
3:37 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

World Views: February 21, 2014

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Rebecca Cruise talks with University of Oklahoma political scientist Paul Goode about competing narratives in the Western and Russian media about what's happening in Ukraine, and why he thinks the crisis isn't likely to end soon despite Friday's agreement.

Later, Suzette Grillot's conversation with author Paul Bogard about the human, environmental, and economic consequences of artificially lighting the night sky. He's the author of The End of Night: Searching for Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light.

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World Views
3:11 pm
Fri February 21, 2014

Despite Agreement To End Crisis, Ukraine Likely At Point Of No Return

A government protester stands on Hrushevskogo Street, Kiev, Ukraine
Credit Sasha Maksymenko / Flickr Creative Commons

Media across the world have expressed outrage and concern over violence in Ukraine. University of Oklahoma political scientist Paul Goode says competing narratives in the Western and Russian press don’t accurately capture what has been happening on the ground not just in Kiev, but throughout all of Ukraine.

“The Western media is very captured by the notion that this is a protest between Ukraine leaning towards Russia or leaning towards the EU,” Goode says. “It sort of fits within this Cold War-trope that has been persistent for the last 20 years.”

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