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The Russia-Ukraine war has lasted for months and could last for years. At the beginning of the war, many Western politicians and media reports claimed that “The world is united against Russian invasion”, which soon turned out to be a fallacy. As many commentators in the West now acknowledge, in terms of condemning and sanctioning Russia, it is largely The West vs. The Rest. This divide reflects the geopolitical tensions of the world and casts an ominous cloud over the direction of the war, given that both sides have their military and/or economic support from other countries. We bring leading analysts from both the Western and non-Western worlds to understand better different perspectives about the ongoing Ukraine war and global politics, and to analyse the reasons behind “the West vs. the Rest” divide and the implications for the world.


Sir Ivor Roberts (former British ambassador in Belgrade, Dublin and Rome; former president of Trinity College, Oxford University; Oxford Global Society Advisory Board member)


Prof. Robert Wade (Professor of global political economy at the LSE, UK)

Prof. Adebayo Olukoshi (Distinguished Professor at the Wits School of Governance at the University of the Witswatersrand, South Africa)

Dr. Julie Newton (Director of the University Consortium & Research Fellow at St Antony’s College, Oxford University)

Mr. Praveen Donthi (Senior Analyst for India, Crisis Group)

Dr. Zhao Hai (Director of international political studies at the National Institute for Global Strategy, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences)

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