Alexander Cooley, Director, Harriman Institute; Claire Tow Professor of Political Science, Barnard College, discusses the "trajectory, achievements, and enduring challenges" of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in the days leading up to its 18th anniversary, and the fourth annual Qingdao Summit.
"Eighteen years after its founding, the SCO remains the object of regular geopolitical intrigue, unverified speculation, and at times hyperbolic commentary among Western and non-Western analysts. The organization, despite its mostly regional Central Asian focus, is often referred to as the most populous multilateral organization in the world, a pioneer in the rise of non-Western arenas for global governance, and even a new paradigm of international relations. Yet, many of the organization’s high-profile initiatives continue to be aspirational and unfilled – especially in the area of economic and energy cooperation – while the organization’s strong norm of consensus effectively means that the body is rarely used to “problem-solve” or host contentious debates among its members." Read the full story in The Diplomat.
You can also read Cooley's comments to Newsweek about the SCO.