On 7 June, the ICDS presented its latest report “How Russia Brings Its Aggression against Ukraine to the Global South” by Dr Ivan U. K. Klyszcz. Dr Klyszcz discussed the findings of his report, which concerns the implications of Russia’s engagement in the global south, with Dr András Rácz, a Senior Fellow at the German Council on Foreign Relations, and Daniel Schaer, Ambassador at Large for Africa at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia. The discussion was moderated by Dr Kristi Raik, Deputy Director of the ICDS.
The report is one of the first in-depth English-language analyses of Moscow’s wartime diplomacy with the countries of the global south, and includes case studies from India, Myanmar, and Tunisia. These three countries are examples of Russia’s strategic, hierarchical, and superficial partners.
The panellists discussed how much attention should be given to the concerns of non-western countries and how incorrect it is to assume that non-western countries do not pay attention to what is happening in Ukraine: the global economic consequences of the war are so daunting that it continues to be a significant focus of public discussions. The panellists also discussed the importance of sharing our perspective of Russia’s war with the countries of the global south, and the role of the Wagner group in the global south and in Russian society.