Gustavo Oliveira

Experts said the distrust of the West in much of the global south is deep and powerful. In Latin America, for example, many remember that the U.S. actively supported brutal military dictatorships in the 20th century, said Gustavo de L.T. Oliveira, an assistant professor of international studies at University of California, Irvine. “The U.S. has not always been a promoter of democracy,” Oliveira said. For those aware of the history, the Western rhetoric and involvement in Ukraine comes off as “deeply hypocritical.”

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