Skip to main content

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: A Fading Star?

Richard Weitz

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) stands at a pivotal point in its history. On the one hand, the growing ties between Russia and China as well as the withdrawal of the Western powers from Central Asia and Afghanistan could provide it with more cohesive leadership and more opportunities to become Eurasia’s dominant security institution. On the other hand, the SCO faces competition from the Russian-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) and the new Eurasian Union as well as the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building in Asia (CICA), a body that has labored in the SCO’s shadow but has recently attracted the interest of China, historically the SCO’s main champion.

Click here to read the full article.

Related Articles

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO): Rebirth and Regeneration?

Richard Weitz

Members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) like to boast that their organization is special. The Chinese, for example, refer to the SCO’...

Continue Reading

Ma Touts Merits of National Security Policy

Seth Cropsey

President Ma Ying-jeou said Oct. 7 that the government’s three-pillar national security policy has paid handsome dividends, with relations between T...

Watch Now

How Authoritarian States 'Win' Internationally

John Lee

The 17th Asian Games in Incheon, Republic of Korea (or South Korea) concluded over the weekend – not that you would know about it given the lack of ...

Continue Reading