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(L to R) Italy's Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron, Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, US President Barack Obama, Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel and France's President Francois Hollande pose for a photo after a quint meeting during the NATO Summit at the Polish National Stadium in Warsaw on July 9, 2016.
The Polish capital hosts a two-day NATO summit, the first time ever that it hosts a top-level meeting of the Western military alliance which it joined in 1999. / AFP / MANDEL NGAN        (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Attention, U.S. Allies: This Is Not a Drill

America's traditional partners have to start thinking of ways to bargain with, and appease, a potentially hostile U.S. president.

401432 01: U.S. Special Forces Captain Joe McGraw of Tacoma, Washington, looks over Philippine soldiers February 22, 2002 in Tipo-Tipo on the southern Philippine island of Basilan. An estimated 660 U.S. military personal have arrived in the southern Philippines for "Balikatan 02-1," a joint training exercise with the Philippine military designed to help in the fight against the Islamic militant Abu Sayyaf Group on the island of Basilan. (Photo by David Greedy/Getty Images)

Duterte Wants U.S. Special Forces Out of the Southern Philippines

Ever since he took office on June, the Philippines and the United States have been on somewhat rocky footing.

Members of the British Units during the opening ceremony of the Exercise Noble Partner 16, a Georgian, British and U.S. military training exercise taking place at Vaziani Training Area, Georgia, May 11-26, 2016.
Exercise Noble Partner includes approximately 500 Georgian, 150 United Kingdom and 650 U.S. service members who are incorporating a full range of equipment, including U.S. M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tanks, M2A3 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicles, M119 Light Towed Howitzers and several wheeled support vehicles. Alongside U.S. forces, Georgian forces will operate their T-72 Main Battle Tanks, BMP-2 Infantry Combat Vehicles and several wheeled-support vehicles.
Wednesday, 11 May 2016, in Vaziani, Georgia. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Brexit Is Good News for Russia but a Headache for NATO

Britain’s exit from the EU will undercut its role as America’s key ally in Europe, leaving the continent more divided and distracted — just the way Putin likes it.

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