November 15, 2021

How the New Atlantic Charter can save the free world

Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson speaks with US President Joe Biden outside Carbis Bay Hotel, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, on June 10, 2021. Photo by Toby Melville/Pool via Reuters.

When US President Franklin Roosevelt and British Prime Minister Winston Churchill signed the original Atlantic Charter at the onset of the World War II, they outlined a vision for a world based on non-aggression, self-determination, and open trade. It was democracy’s answer to Nazism—and, by implication, Soviet communism—and was the original mission statement for what we now call the liberal, rules-based international order.

For all its failures and inconsistencies, it brought three generations of peace and prosperity.

Eighty years later, President Joe Biden put democracy at the…

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