Engaging the Anti-NATO

Julie Boland
Julie Boland Federal Executive Fellow, The Brookings Institution

June 10, 2011

This month, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is celebrating its tenth anniversary. The United States has looked to various regional organizations as partners on transnational issues and to help promote stability worldwide, but what about the SCO? At one time reviled by some as the “anti-NATO,” where does the SCO stand now? And where does the United States stand on the SCO?

Following are some conventional arguments against U.S. engagement with the SCO and rebuttals that Washington officials might consider if they’re looking for some help in Eurasia.

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