Non-Western Responses to Russia’s War in Ukraine: Learning from Indonesia

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Using Indonesia, one of the leading voices in the so-called Global South, I trace the diverse narratives of non-Western elites on interpreting the war in Ukraine, the relationship between Russia and the “non-Western” world, and the NATO factors. The lack of knowledge about Russia and Ukraine, coupled with the strong anti-Western sentiment, has created a more pro-Russian sentiment in the Indonesian narratives about the war. This tendency was made stronger by the postcolonial thinking in Indonesian elite discourse, creating an ‘understander’ narrative rooted in the local postcolonial history instead of being driven by external, material factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)59-68
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Regional Security
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Global South
  • Indonesia
  • Russia’s war in Ukraine
  • postcolonial thinking
  • pro-Russian narrative


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