THE IMPACT OF THE LEADER’S DECISIONS AND THE INTERNAL FACTORS ON THE FORMATION OF US FOREIGN POLICY: PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA’S NON-INTERVENTION POLICY IN SYRIA (2013)
The article studies US foreign policy particularities towards Syria conflict over the presidency of
Barack Obama. Analyzing state`s foreign policy is complex, in particular, when one intends to study
the foreign policy of such a great power as it is the United States of America. International Relations
theories look at the formation of foreign policy of states from different perspectives. This publication
examines Barack Obama`s foreign policy towards the Syrian crisis (2013) according three levels
of analysis (individual, domestic and systemic) that are presented within the theory of Neoclassical
The article aims at answering the research question – what factors determined President Obama`s
non-intervention policy in Syria (2013)? As the reader discovers only the pressure and changes
coming from the international system are not decisive in the process of crafting state`s foreign policy.
The purpose of the article is to study one of the contemporary political leaders`, Barack Obama`s
political portrait and emphasize that the previous military intervention in Libya transformed President
Obama`s perceptions and attitudes, it also seriously influenced official Washington`s policy towards
the Syria war.