The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has developed into a key regional security group in Asia, its member states representing less than half of humanity . Alarmists believe that the SCO is making itself into a NATO of the East, thus posing a long-term threat to the West. Moreover, several members are key players in ecomic development and energy production, hence political developments within the SCO can longer be igred by the global market. Even so, the organization has long been disregarded by political leaders in the West and is seldom reported in Western media or analysed in academic works. As such, this ground-breaking volume - the first study to properly treat a key regional grouping in Asia and with contributors from across the region and beyond - will be a key reference for many specialists and academics working on Asian affairs.
Michael Fredholm of the Stockholm International Program for Central Asian Studies is a historian and defence analyst who has written extensively on the history, defence strategies, security policies, and energy sector developments of Eurasia. At SIPCAS, he has made a special study of Central Asian geopolitics, Afghanistan and Islamic extremism.