The Shanghai Cooperation Organization: cracks behind the facade

By Stephen Blank, 6/21/06, EurasiaNet Commentary.

To the chagrin of American diplomats, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has quickly emerged as a force to be reckoned with in Central Asia.

At the fifth annual SCO summit, held in mid June in Shanghai, participants castigated the United States in a not-so-subtle fashion. An SCO declaration insisted that determining Central Asia’s future was up to the states in the region, and not outside powers. “Models of social development should not be ‘exported,’” the declaration stressed.

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