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PacNet #21 – The SCO: A New Hope or to the Graveyard of Acronyms?

On May 28, the heads of state of the member nations of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan) will meet in Moscow to formally approve the charter of the SCO and announce several new initiatives. They include modalities for funding the SCO headquarters in Beijing and counterterrorism center in Bishkek, the new secretary general of the organization, and plans for security and economic cooperation. Still, much remains unclear about the future of the SCO and the Moscow summit, should lay out the future shape of the organization be a significant indicator of the future viability of this group.