Russia and the Global South
A research project that explores how Russia reinvents itself as a Global South power and how the Global South positions itself on the war
ABOUT
Russia and the Global South


Russia’s new anticolonial narrative may seem in direct contradiction to the Kremlin’s imperial language on the war in Ukraine. Yet in the Global South, where both elite and popular cultures are deeply shaped by the memory of anticolonial struggles and the Non-Aligned Movement tradition, Russia’s language resonates.
Seen from the Global South, Russia’s actions are the byproduct of a broader, systemic context of Western domination and normative expansion. With the war, Global South countries have been able to consolidate their transactional foreign policies and use the war to assert their autonomy toward Western actors so that Russia’s weakening does not result in the West’s increased influence but in a more multipolar order.
This research project explores the evolution of Russia-Global South relations, as an invitation to “de-Westernize” our views on Russia. It is time to challenge the primacy of Western-centric analytical lenses put on Russia and engage with scholarly practice and experience from the Global South.
WHAT WE DO
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Grassroots Struggles for Rethinking History, Debating Identity, and Restoring Dignity of People in Central Asia

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Asel Doolotkeldieva

Vodka and Pelmeni on the Ivory Coast

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Kevin Limonier

Implications of Russia’s war against Ukraine for Central Asia

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Asel Doolotkeldieva

From Counter-Hegemonic Dialogue to Illiberal Understanding: Russian-Latin American Relations (2000–2023)

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Diego C. Soliz T.

On how Russia's counter-hegemonic narrative echoes the main historical struggles of the Latin American left: anti-Americanism, anti-colonialism, and anti-liberalism.

Eurasia Remade? The Regional Ripples of Russia’s War in Ukraine

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Alexander Cooley

Alexander Cooley explains that impressed by the West unity, we overlooked the dilemmas and balancing acts that a lot of the Eurasian states, governments, and actors have had to make in response to the war.

Cat and mouse:

The mutations of Russia’s international state media RT and Sputnik

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Maxime Audinet

Maxime Audinet explains how RT and Sputnik, while facing restrictions and closure in Europe after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, are looking for new opportunities in the Global South.
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