To Include or Not Include? China-led SCO Weighs Iranian Membership

To Include or Not Include? China-led SCO Weighs Iranian Membership

The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan may help Iran reduce its international isolation. At least, that’s what the Islamic Republic hopes when leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) gather in Tajikistan next weekend. Members are admitted to the eight-member China-led SCO that also groups Russia, India, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Kyrgyzstan, by unanimous consensus. Iran,…

Will India Impede BRICS & The SCO from Consensually Agreeing on Afghanistan?

Will India Impede BRICS & The SCO from Consensually Agreeing on Afghanistan?

The only country in either BRICS or the SCO that has any realistic chance of positively influencing India is Russia, which has been the South Asian state’s special and privileged strategic partner for decades. This year’s BRICS Summit will be held virtually on 9 September while the SCO one is planned to take place in…

The Taliban go to Tianjin

The Taliban go to Tianjin

So this is the way the Forever War in Afghanistan ends – if one could call it an ending. Rather, it’s an American repositioning. Regardless, after two decades of death and destruction and untold trillions of dollars, we’re faced not with a bang – and not with a whimper, either – but rather with a…

Russia-China Advance Asian Roadmap for Afghanistan

Russia-China Advance Asian Roadmap for Afghanistan

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization meeting of Foreign Ministers on Wednesday in Dushanbe, the Tajik capital, may have been an under-the-radar affair, but it did reveal the contours of the big picture ahead when it comes to Afghanistan. So let’s see what Russia and China – the SCO’s heavyweights – have been up to. Chinese Foreign…

China Opens the SCO Pathway to Kabul, India Should Go Along

China Opens the SCO Pathway to Kabul, India Should Go Along

The untimely remarks by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar on the situation in Afghanistan during a joint press conference with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov at Moscow on Friday does no good for his reputation as a scholar-diplomat with integrity or for India’s standing on the global stage as a responsible regional power.  The Indian…