POSTPONED - Growing Pains: The Maturation of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation
THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. FURTHER INFORMATION WILL BE PUBLISHED IN DUE COURSE.
Lunch will be available from 12:30 (£10 charge).
The member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) have taken great pains to define themselves as part of a security community, rather than an alliance directed against a third party. However, the SCO has been frequently criticised in the West as an alliance-in-waiting, an impression not helped by various military exercises (including the so-called "peace missions" in 2005 and 2007), and concerns that the organisation is seeking to leverage the United States out of Central Asia.
However, what most dominates SCO thinking today is largely internal questions, namely "widening", with possible new members at the door including Iran, and "deepening", namely developing a Eurasian community.