Why the countries of the South do not take sides in the Ukraine-Russia war


Nothing is foreign26:46Why the countries of the South do not take sides in the Ukraine-Russia war

If you sit in the West and listen to Western politicians, the Ukraine-Russia war has a pretty clear narrative: Russia is the aggressor and should be punished to the maximum, in solidarity with Ukraine. But how does the rest of the world view this war?

Much of the Global South and some of the most powerful nations in the world, such as China, India and Brazil, do not see war in black and white. They refuse to officially sanction or condemn Russia for the invasion. Why don’t they take sides and what does that mean for the end of this war?

We talk to two geopolitical experts on the tightrope that these countries are walking and if we are seeing a reorganization of power among the biggest players on the world stage.

With:

  • Swapna Kona Nayudu, associate at Harvard University Asia Center and Indian foreign policy expert.
  • Chidochashe Nyere, post-doctoral researcher at the Institute for Pan-African Thought and Conversation at the University of Johannesburg.

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