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Why the Global South isn't taking sides in the Ukraine-Russia war

Why have some of the most powerful nations in the world — like China, India and Brazil — refused to officially condemn Russia over its invasion of Ukraine? This week on Nothing is Foreign, a look beyond the western perspective on the war.

China, India and Brazil have refused to officially condemn Russia over invasion of Ukraine

Some energy analysts predict the energy transition will reshape trading alliances and create new geopolitical partnerships. It may already be happening in the case of China and Russia, whose leaders are seen here meeting in 2019. (Evgenia Novozhenina/Reuters)

If you're sitting in the West, listening to Western politicians, the Ukraine-Russia war has a pretty clear narrative: Russia is the aggressor and should be sanctioned to the fullest extent, 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, like China, India and Brazil, don't see the war in black and white. They're refusing to sanction or officially condemn Russia over the invasion. Why aren't they taking a side and what does that mean for how this war can end? 

We speak with two geopolitical experts on the tightrope these countries are walking and whether we're witnessing a reordering of power among the biggest players on the world stage.


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

Nothing is Foreign is a new podcast from CBC News and CBC Podcasts. A weekly trip to where the story is unfolding. Hosted by Tamara Khandaker.