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Will the SCO be a guarantor of peace on the Large expanse of Eurasia?
Material posted: Publication date: 26-04-2016
April 16, 2016 Armenia officially became a dialogue partner of the Shanghai cooperation organization (SCO). Now this Transcaucasian Republic will actively cooperate with the organization on regional security issues, and will also have the legal framework to interact with the organization in various economic issues.

It is important to note that a similar status in the previous month received Azerbaijan. In light of the NK conflict, a common platform for a dialogue between warring parties can be a good tool to resolve this problem in the future.

It is worth Recalling that at the beginning of April, the conflict in the Caucasus once again entered a hot phase. Under the mediation of Russia passion was able to moderate, but the problem is still serious, so while a good decision away. Today, the two sides continue to accuse each other of violating the ceasefire and the risk of resumption of serious hostilities still exist.

The SCO vs. chaos

Also important is the fact that the conflict was able to manage without the usual active involvement of our Western partners. Of course, there were public calls to respect the ceasefire, but personal conversations with the heads of Transcaucasian republics was conducted by Dmitri Medvedev, but not, for example, John Kerry. And it's great, because, as practice shows, the active U.S. involvement in various conflicts leads to the fact that the conflicts are not frozen, and continues in the active phase for many years.

The fight against terrorism or the change of another "bloody regime" for our Western geopolitical opponents is just part fearing that their theory of controlled chaos. Plausible pretexts for intervention are many, and one goal is to maximally load the problems of geopolitical competitors, and also to receive dividends from the blazing conflict somewhere far from its own borders.

To fight this injustice alone, but the efficiency will increase many times, if we face the challenges in concert with other powers interested in peace on its frontiers. And the SCO as a tool to combat instability in the region can be taken with full seriousness. Thought, by the way, this organization including to strengthen security and stability on the territory of countries-participants of the organization.

Central Asia

The problems with security and stability of States-SCO members from time to time arose. The collapse of the Soviet Union gave new republics many local problems. For example, the hottest place was in the vastness of Central Asia, especially the sharp contradictions have arisen on granitegrease, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Fortunately, in the war between the States conflicts have not escalated.

Despite the dangerous neighborhood with Afghanistan, Central Asia remained all this time the region is relatively calm. Certain merit in this, perhaps there is just in the Shanghai cooperation organization. The annual summit allows heads of state at the negotiating table to resolve all the existing contradictions, and joint anti-terrorist exercises temper the heat fans to bring a little chaos to the region. Minimizing potential threats in Central Asia, the organization now after the expansion is facing new challenges.

India — Pakistan

At the 2015 summit in Ufa was declared for membership in the SCO new members. They were India and Pakistan. Despite the many contradictions between these countries (apart from India and China also is not all that rosy), they were ready to join the organization, one of whose aims is to strengthen trust, friendship and good neighbourliness between the parties.

Consider that the contradictions of India and Pakistan is much more serious than in Central Asia. The potential conflict could become a problem worldwide scale: both countries have nuclear weapons and its use could buy a catastrophic scale. And even though this is serious to solve the problem, neither the U.S. nor its European allies especially not in a hurry. The United Kingdom had done much to solve the conflict in its former colonies originated.

Russia, China, and other SCO members are much more interested in the conflict between India and Pakistan never broke. Ideally, of course, this issue should be completely resolved at the negotiating table, but success will even prevent hot conflict. If you can do that with joint efforts, we can be confident that the problem of relations between Armenia and Azerbaijan can be resolved.

The guarantor of security in the greater Eurasia

If the BRICS can be considered as the prototype of a just multipolar world order, the SCO is reasonable to perceive as a similar mechanism in the vastness of the greater Eurasia. Today the members of the organization or interested in participating are about two dozen States in the region. If your organization will be able to strengthen cooperation with ASEAN countries, to establish relations with States of the Middle East, Korean Peninsula and Japan, then the SCO can influence processes throughout almost all Asia and even beyond – for example, Belarus and Egypt.

In many countries today we see the practical consequences of "controlled chaos", as for example in Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. All these hotbeds of tension is close enough to the borders of Russia, China and other States parties to the organization. Full resolution of these conflicts may take decades, and it will be also needed tighter coordination in the field of security among participants – in particular, in the framework of the SCO.

To solve all these problems, it is necessary to prevent the vicious practice of our geopolitical opponents for the spread of "controlled chaos". And in such opposition, all means are good, especially if they are based on multilateral cooperation.

Marat Ramazanov



Tags: Russia , China , SCO

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