Challenges to Horizontal and Vertical Expansion of SCO

Vali Kaleji

Challenges to Horizontal and Vertical Expansion of SCO

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) which is considered as one of the regional mechanisms of Eurasia is in a very sensitive situation. Over the past twenty years the organization has experienced a significant horizontal expansion (acceptance of members) and vertical expansion (goals and tasks). The formation of the Shanghai Five Group (1996), the observer membership of Uzbekistan (2000), the conversion of Uzbekistan from the observer to the main member and formal formation ...