India’s Expanding Options to Link with Central Asia

Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has emerged as a key regional organisation in the Eurasian space in the past two decades of its existence.

Accounting for over 60 per cent of Eurasia’s territory and more than 40 per cent of the world’s population, the Member States of SCO account for almost a quarter of the world’s GDP. The induction of new states, both as permanent and observer members, has expanded the frontiers of the organisation.

The renewed momentum at building regional synergies is reflected in addressing common security challenges and building long-term economic and energy linkages.’s

While still a work in progress, there appears to be a strong desire among SCO stakeholders to strengthen the bonds of regional cooperation.

This is, arguably, best reflected in co-opting Afghanistan as an Observer State with a view to transform a potential arc of Eurasian instability into an oasis of regional stability and cooperation. India’s interests, against this backdrop, align with the priorities of SCO. India received the Observer status of the organisation in 2005 and was accorded the full member status in 2017.......................

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