Charm offensive: What should the West make of Moscow’s Efforts to Court the Global South

Exploring Russia’s global engagement and its implications for the West

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  • Ivan Krastev, Chairman, Centre for Liberal Strategies
  • Kadri Liik, Senior Policy Fellow, Wider Europe Programme, ECFR
  • Hanna Notte, Director, Eurasia Nonproliferation Program, James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies (CNS)

Chaired by

Marie Dumoulin, Director, Wider Europe Programme, ECFR

Recent policy brief by Kadri Liik analyzed Russia’s charm offensive and engagement with the non-Western countries, which has only intensified after the start of Russia’s war on Ukraine. The war has locked Moscow and the West in a contest for global support, both aiming to get the rest of the world to side with them against the other.

In this webinar, Kadri Liik is joined by Hanna Notte and Ivan Krastev to discuss policy options for the West. How should the West think of Moscow’s intensified outreach to the global south: what does it mean for us? Should the West try to win over the rest, and if so, how? Or would that be an unrealistic endeavor, and it would be wiser of the West to set less ambitious, but still effective aims?