This paper examines U.S. engagement in Central Asia over the past two decades, with specific reference to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. While alarmist voices occasionally warn of the threat to American interests from China and Russia through the SCO, the organization’s influence appears limited. Washington has engaged it only sporadically, preferring to conduct relations bilaterally with the Central Asian states.
Central Asia, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and American Foreign Policy: From Indifference to Engagement
Charles E. Ziegler is Professor of Political Science and Distinguished University Scholar at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, U.S.A., and Director of the Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order. An earlier version of this paper was presented to the Asia Center Conference on the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Paris, France, December 17, 2010. Thanks go to Jean-Pierre Cabestan for his helpful comments on this manuscript. Email: <email@example.com>.
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Charles E. Ziegler; Central Asia, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and American Foreign Policy: From Indifference to Engagement. Asian Survey 1 June 2013; 53 (3): 484–505. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/as.2013.53.3.484
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