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Who Is Part of the Free World?

The Ukraine War has brought a resurgence in Western leaders' use of a very twentieth-century phrase. But what exactly is the free world today, and is support for Ukraine in its fight against Russia a fair litmus test for determining who is part of it?

WASHINGTON, DC – In his 2022 State of the Union address, US President Joe Biden accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of seeking “to shake the very foundations of the free world” with his invasion of Ukraine six days earlier. Putin believed that his “premeditated and totally unprovoked” attack on Ukraine would be met with little resistance. But, Biden proclaimed, “the free world is holding him accountable.”