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Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson are expected to agree to a new Atlantic Charter on Thursday, modeled after the joint statement made by Prime Minister Winston Churchill and former President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941 to set out their goals for the world post-World War II.

Details: The new charter will outline specific areas for which both leaders pledge to "work together for the benefit of humanity," according to the British government, which announced the charter in a release on Wednesday.

  • The countries will focus on challenges around climate change, cyber attacks, protecting biodiversity and recovering from the coronavirus pandemic.

The big picture: "The new Atlantic Charter is expected to be an important symbolic reaffirmation of the value both nations place on close ties," CNN writes.

History: The original Churchill-Roosevelt agreement focused on promoting democracy and free trade and "was one of the greatest triumphs of U.K. and U.S. relations and did more than any other agreement to shape the world order, leading directly to the creation of the UN and NATO," per the British government.

What they're saying: "While Churchill and Roosevelt faced the question of how to help the world recover following a devastating war, today we have to reckon with a very different but no less intimidating challenge - how to build back better from the coronavirus pandemic," Johnson said in a statement.

  • "And as we do so, cooperation between the U.K. and U.S., the closest of partners and the greatest of allies, will be crucial for the future of the world’s stability and prosperity."
  • The new Atlantic Charter "will form the foundation of a sustainable global recovery. Eighty years ago the US President and British Prime Minister stood together promising a better future. Today we do the same," he added.

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Updated Sep 16, 2021 - Energy & Environment

UN climate summit warning signs are adding up

Illustration: Shoshana Gordon/Axios

There are growing signs that make-or-break climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, this fall won’t produce tangible plans for emissions cuts that keep the Paris agreement’s targets viable.

Why it matters: The climate summit is billed by world and environmental leaders as the last, best hope for securing the global commitments needed to get countries on track to avoiding potentially catastrophic levels of climate change during the next several decades.

Sep 15, 2021 - World

Australia to acquire nuclear submarines in historic security pact with U.S., U.K.

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The U.S. and U.K. will help Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines as part of a historic trilateral security partnership announced Wednesday afternoon by the leaders of the three countries.

Why it matters: The partnership, known as AUKUS, is a major strategic pact that will bind the U.S. and U.K. to Australia's security for generations — and a warning to China as the Biden administration continues to lay the groundwork for countering Beijing in the Indo-Pacific and beyond.

Biden blindsides Europe with new AUKUS alliance on China

Photo illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images

President Biden is constructing and deepening new alliances to strengthen the U.S. position in its showdown with China, but he risks alienating longstanding allies in the process.

Why it matters: Biden heralded a new agreement to help Australia acquire nuclear submarines as part of a trilateral security pact with the U.K. and the U.S. as an "historic step" to update U.S. alliances to face new challenges. The message from French foreign minister, Jean-Yves Le Drian, was quite different.