The 21st century has seen a series of events, such as the conflict in Ukraine and the G7 summit in Hiroshima, that have taught us that geography still matters. India is standing its ground and choosing its priorities. Value-based frameworks are untenable, and nations are driven by self-interest and the need to maintain lucrative economic relations. To conduct meaningful international dialogue, nations must right-size their perceptions about each other and themselves. As this century progresses, an East and West will emerge within the Global North and South. International engagements will be organised around the standard operating principle of law firms, as limited liability partnerships (LLPs).