The Russian war on Ukraine – all too frequently described as a war in Europe where the consequences for the liberal international order are profound – crossed a line by violating the sovereignty of a ‘relatively western, relatively civilised’ country. An economic war is now being waged against Russia by several of the most powerful western states. Yet, most of the Global South has not joined the western chorus of condemnation and sanctions, let alone military support to Ukraine. Why is this? Why have so many in the Global South avoided taking sides in the conflict, criticised NATO for its expansionism, failed to censure Russia at the UN security council, or apply sanctions? Is this a throwback to the continuing resentments of a ‘century of humiliation’ of those colonised by European empires and/or the more recent post-1945 wars and bloody military violence across Asia, Latin America, and Africa resulting in millions of deaths in the name of freedom and democracy by the United States? Is this the Global South reasserting itself in world politics, echoing Bandung, the Non-Aligned Movement, demands for a New International Economic Order? Or is this a mere blip in an increasingly interdependent and globalised world?
This roundtable features experts and scholars from the Global South and Britain to discuss the above questions and the broader significance of the Russian war on Ukraine, the responses of the US, NATO, EU and G7, and of the Global South.
N.B. this event is scheduled to take place online and all timings mentioned refer to UK time.
- Oz Hassan (University of Warwick)
- Ahmed Waheed (The Roads Initiative, Pakistan)
- Urvashi Sarkar (Independent Journalist and Researcher)
- Raul Rodriguez (Havana)
- David Adler (Progressive International, UK)
- Atul Bhardwaj (Researcher and Writer, India)
- Chairs: Inderjeet Parmar (City, University of London); Juvaria Jafri (University of Cambridge)
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