Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit Demonstrates its Growing Cohesion
Marcel de Haas writes in Power and Interest News Report:
In July 2007, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (S.C.O.) — consisting of Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan — founded a so-called “Energy Club” to coordinate energy strategies. On August 16, the heads of state will hold their annual summit, this time in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. After the summit, they will travel to Chebarkul, a city in Russia’s Urals, to attend the closure of the S.C.O. military exercises. The rapidly developing activities in these three security dimensions — energy, politics and the military — gives the impression that the S.C.O. is firmly on its way to mature into a full-fledged security organization.