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How the world responds to a pariah state


Russia has been largely isolated from the global stage following its brutal invasion of Ukraine. And yet, the international community continues to engage with other countries accused of gross human rights abuses. That begs the question: what does it take to be labeled a pariah state, and who gets to decide?

DAVOS, Switzerland — As the world’s political and business elite gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos last week, there was one notable exception.

Russian public figures and business delegates — once a key presence at the Swiss mountain resort — were banned from the forum this January, reflecting the country’s broader ousting from the international community following President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Yet, elsewhere along the forum’s famous promenade, as on the global stage, other countries accused of violating international law were well represented.

That begs the question: what does it take to be labeled a pariah state and who gets to decide? Watch the video above to find out.

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