Published in journal "International relations", 2013-2 in rubric "Interests and values", pages 192-196.
Resume: The article includes analysis of the dependency of the US foreign policy in Afghanistan upon two key factors: national interests and universal values. It is shown that the conflict of interests and values in the US policy in Afghanistan has caused its insufficient stability, balance and lack of adequate response to new threats and challenges. For a long period of time the foreign policy of the USA towards other states was formed based upon two dominating ideological concepts: political realism and political liberalism. Both of those concepts supported and developed the idea of global historical mission of the USA, which was meant to become the resource management center for the entire democratic world. However, they differ considerably in the choice of the political trajectory of the USA towards this goal, as well as in the choice of specific, means, methods and instruments, which are necessary for its achievement.
Keywords: international law, international relations, foreign policy, Afghanistan, Taliban, Pakistan, conflict, values, interests, the USA.
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