Shanghai Cooperation Organization Challenging the West


By: Kashif Ehtisham, LTC, Pakistan Army CSAG/CCJ5

14 October 2022

Subject: Is SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organization) building up to challenge the US lead West?

Purpose: After the recent extraordinary gathering of 14 x states at Uzbekistan under the ambit of SCO and its expansion with full membership of Iran, critics labeled the SCO as ‘NATO of East’ and assessed it as an emerging politico-military bloc. This paper will analyze the SCO expansion and offer recommendations for CENTCOM.

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The opinions and conclusions expressed herein are those of a number of international officers within the Combined Strategic Analysis Group (CSAG) and do not necessarily reflect the views of United States Central Command, not of the nations represented within the CSAG or any other governmental agency.