An African proverb notes that “when two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers”. That 52 governments from the “Global South” failed to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine in February, and 82 southern states refused to vote to suspend Moscow from the UN Human Rights Council a month later, sent shock waves across the Western world.

The scepticism about Western inconsistency in applying international norms is profound. Many have cited the US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, launched without UN Security Council authorisation. ..

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