oa Scientia Militaria : South African Journal of Military Studies - The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation's momentum towards a mature security alliance

Volume 36, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1022-8136
  • E-ISSN: 2224-0020



This article focuses on the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), sometimes rather prematurely referred to as 'The NATO of the East'. In concentrating on its security-related aspects, this work will analyse the SCO's development towards a full-grown security organisation i.e., on its way to an alliance with a span of activities and a depth of cooperation similar to that of NATO. However, in doing so the focus remains on the SCO, not on a comparison with the Western alliance.

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