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Updating the study of foreign policy crisis: The case of the Mavi Marmara flotilla

Aran, A. ORCID: 0000-0001-9386-1309 & Yishayahu, G. (2022). Updating the study of foreign policy crisis: The case of the Mavi Marmara flotilla. Foreign Policy Analysis, 18(3), article number orac007. doi: 10.1093/fpa/orac007


The study of foreign policy crises (FPC) is integral to foreign policy analysis (FPA). However, since the end of the Cold War, debate on FPC has stalled. The present article seeks to update the existing FPA literature on FPCs. It uses a deductively driven approach to identify gaps in the current FPC literature and demonstrates their relevance for a real-world case of FPC, namely, the Mavi Marmara flotilla. The latter is identified as a “least likely” case study which is representative of a broader set of what we refer to as asymmetrical FPCs. Maximizing the inferential leverage entailed by this research design, we advocate for an updated FPA approach to study asymmetrical FPCs that includes actor hybridity, performativity, and social media.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted reuse, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. © The Author(s) (2022). Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the International Studies Association.
Subjects: J Political Science > JZ International relations
Departments: School of Policy & Global Affairs > International Politics
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