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date: 12 December 2018

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In its formulation of foreign policy, the United States takes account of many priorities and factors, including national security concerns, economic interests, and alliance relationships. An additional factor with significance that has risen and fallen over time is human rights, or more specifically violations of human rights. The extent to which the United States should consider such abuses or seek to moderate them has been and continues to be the subject of considerable debate.

Keywords: human rights, U.S. foreign policy, Jimmy Carter, 1970s, United Nations, Department of State

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