Chastened by Putin’s gross violation of norms, democracies will band together in a muscular reaffirmation of the liberal international order.
But it will neither reshape the global order nor presage an ideological showdown of democracies against China and Russia.
After all, many of the world’s biggest democracies, including India, have so far not joined the U.S.-led economic campaign against Russia or even explicitly condemned the invasion.
The varied responses to the war muddle any vision of U.S.-aligned democracies pitted against Russian-aligned autocracies.
Several major democracies, notably India and South Africa, abstained from the UN General Assembly vote on March 2 that demanded that Russia withdraw from Ukraine.
Big democracies in Latin America, including Brazil and Mexico, have refused to participate in sanctions.
But Russia’s invasion does not draw a line in the sand between the allies of the free world and its foes. »