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The SCO’s Clumsy Push to Disrupt the World Order
Vladimir Putin and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during the Russian-Uzbek signing ceremony at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit on September 15, 2022, in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. (Contributor/Getty Images)
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The SCO’s Clumsy Push to Disrupt the World Order

Walter Russell Mead

It was a busy week for Washington’s foreign-policy elite. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visited Armenia to express sympathy following a round of fighting with Azerbaijan that left an estimated 200 dead in their contested border regions. Before heading to London for Queen Elizabeth’s funeral, President Biden warned Vladimir Putin against using nuclear weapons in Ukraine and repeated that the U.S. will defend Taiwan with American troops if Beijing invades.

But the week’s biggest news didn’t come from Washington. It came from Samarkand, Uzbekistan, the fabled Silk Road city, where the eight nations that make up the Shanghai Cooperation Organization held their annual summit.

Read the full article in the Wall Street Journal.

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