POR: Tania Chen

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There is no question that the invasion of Ukraine by Russia is an unlawful, unilateral act that has once again plunged the global economy and world into uncertainty.

The international community has taken a stance since March with respect to the conflict, with positions that advocate for restraint, such as China, and others who call for intervention.

Much like the Covid pandemic, the quick action of governments ais crucial towards maintaining stability.

Mexico, for the most part, has remained disappointingly silent ons the war against Ukraine.

Mexico, for the most part, has remained disappointingly silent on the war against Ukraine.

Reactions to the invasion of Ukraine varied across the globe. When countries like the US denounced it, economic sanctions followed.

The European Union, too, took economic steps in hopes of curbing Russian ambitions.

However, it has not just been governments taking a stance, in London thousands of people took to the streets to protest the war. According to a report by Forbes[i], luxury brands such as Burberry and Chanel have closed stores and stopped shipments.

Coca Cola, Starbucks and other international food chains have also ceased operations in Russia in protest.

Most importantly, within Russia, people have been opposing the war despite mass arrests by the government and censorship.

The war has brought the West together in an unexpected way, highlighting the fact that compassion for others transcends borders.

Coca Cola, Starbucks and other international food chains have also ceased operations in Russia in protest.

Despite being a democratic country, Mexico’s government has had a vague posture towards the invasion.

Ricardo Anaya, an ex-presidential candidate has been a constant critic of Lopez Obrador’s position towards the war, describing it as ‘luke-warm’ and ‘false’ in his call for peace[1].

During the initial invasion, Mexico issued no condemnation of the war and was asked by various governments abroad and as well as the Ukrainian embassy for a clear position on the issue.

Whether Lopez Obrador’s position emphasizing peaceful negotiations is relevant to the Russian destruction of Ukraine’s infrastructure and murder of tens of thousands is relevant, it remains insufficient, especially compared to the response by the global community.

Certainly, Lopez Obrador’s response to the Ukrainian crisis shows a deep disinterest for international events.

Certainly, Lopez Obrador's response to the Ukrainian crisis shows a deep disinterest for international events.

He was preoccupied instead with the internal affairs of Mexico’s questionable ‘Revocacion de mandato’ which set a dangerous precedent and is an unconstitutional shift away from democracy and the legitimacy of government institutions.

At a time when Mexico should be looking towards involvement in the international community, it seems to have turned inward, losing influence and prestige in the eyes of other governments.

Globalization has made nationalism and isolationist policies obsolete.

Although Mexico’s response to the war has been poor, it is important to recognise that efforts have been made to support Ukrainian refugees. Statistics show that around 17 thousand Ukrainians have made their way to the US through Mexico.

In Itztapalapa, several hundred refugees were housed while they waited for their paperwork to continue onward to the US.

Stronger condemnation of the war and further aid given to refugees is imperative, not just on this occasion but also for future challenges.

In Itztapalapa, several hundred refugees were housed while they waited for their paperwork to continue onward to the US.

The question is whether Mexico is prepared to undertake the reforms necessary to make it once more a relevant player on the international stage.

As a country with a rich history and constant struggle for democracy, Mexico is a country that has lived through the hardships of colonization and dictatorship and finally managed to create the institutions needed to safeguard democracy.

Standing for democracy should be a crucial position of any democratic country, regardless of geographic location.

Mexico should be taking active steps to counter the rise of populism, as well as condemning the violence in Ukraine.

Ultimately, what does the message of inaction send to other powers with expansionist ambitions?

Much how history has looked back on Neville Chamberlain and criticized him for his inactions pre-World War II, allowing Hitler to expand the borders in violation of treaties, people will look back and wonder whether this was the moment to step up and stop the rise of populist leaders with dangerous ambitions.

Mexico’s relative silence


[1] https://twitter.com/RicardoAnayaC/status/1498281836342034432?s=20&t=li3SlvC-C2MjHuvCYEN5RA


[i] https://www.forbes.com/sites/walterloeb/2022/03/07/luxury-brands-close-russian-stores/?sh=2246e26f7e7f

Tania Chen is a historian, writer and political analyst. She is a graduate of Bristol University where she did a BA in History, followed by an MA in Historical Studies.

Her areas of specialization are China in the 20th century, International Multilateral Organizations, and the Holocaust and it’s representations in current media.


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