"Illicit or Innocent? -- How You Might be Contributing to a Global Underworld of Organized Crime"
On this edition of ST, a discussion of illegal trade on the global scale: from internet-driven piracy to the world's ports and shipping routes, from smuggling and trafficking to peddling counterfeit goods and knock-offs. Our guest is Dr. Suzette Grillot, Dean of the College of International Studies at the University of Oklahoma. She's served in this capacity since 2012, and she is also OU’s Vice Provost for International Programs as well as its William J. Crowe, Jr. Chair in Geopolitics. (She also hosts a weekly program called "World Views" at KGOU, the NPR station at the University of Oklahoma in Norman.) Dr. Grillot teaches courses at OU on The Global Community, Global Security, International Activism, and Illicit Trafficking; her acdemic reserach focuses on issues of worldwide security and international relations. She co-edited the book "Understanding the Global Community" (2013) and co-authored the books "Protecting Our Ports: National and International Security of Containerized Freight" (2010) and "The International Arms Trade" (2009). Dr. Grillot recently gave an address to the Tulsa Committee on Foreign Relations entitled "Illicit or Innocent? -- How You Might be Contributing to a Global Underworld of Organized Crime," and she spoke with us about this issue while she was in town.