Not only Relational but also Structural: revisiting the resolution of the 1998 October crisis through elements of structural power

Sari B.

JOURNAL OF POLITICAL POWER, vol.13, pp.106-122, 2020 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 13
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/2158379x.2020.1720094
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, International Bibliography of Social Sciences, Sociological abstracts, Worldwide Political Science Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.106-122
  • Police Academy Affiliated: Yes


The 1998 October Crisis between Turkey and Syria has long been studied in various aspects. However, these studies are limited to an understanding that depicts the crisis as a relational power relationship in which Turkey forced Syria to cease its support for the PKK, which Syria would not have done otherwise. While not rejecting the relational explanation, this paper attempts to complement it with a structural approach, drawing on the post-positivist structural power conceptualization, by investigating how Syria's structurally shaped subjective interests in the post-Cold War international structure and norms regarding international terrorism disempowered it resisting Turkey's demands.