September 24, 2021

IntelBrief: The Shanghai Cooperation Organization Turns its Focus to Afghanistan

(Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

Bottom Line Up Front

  • The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) recently commemorated its twentieth anniversary, with members meeting in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to discuss geopolitical developments and concerns.
  • The U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and imminent security concerns may present the SCO with important opportunities for closer involvement.
  • The SCO has an opportunity to boost its image while also helping China promote its narrative about being a responsible regional power.
  • There are still myriad obstacles that could hinder the SCO from helping to stabilize Afghanistan, including the growing prospect of regional instability caused by spillover violence.