Young Scholars Forum
“Russia, China, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization: origins, development, and challenges”
China entdecken, China erleben, China begreifen: Junge Wissenschaftler:innen reden von eigenen Erfahrungen
Concept and moderation:
Dr Wang Yi, Director, International Office, University of Applied Sciences Bonn-Rhein-Sieg
Janko Šćepanović, Ph.D., East China Normal University
In 2021 Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) marked its twentieth anniversary. It originated in the 1990s negotiations between China on the one side and Russia and several Central Asian Republics on the other. Following its formal institutionalization in 2001, SCO had grown considerably. Today, it comprises eight full-fledged members and several observers and dialogue partners. At the 2021 summit, it was announced that Iran would become a member, while Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Egypt would all join the organization as dialogue partners. This effectively transformed SCO into an organization with an impressive reach. As its size and composition grew, SCO objectives had also evolved. However, this exposed differences in the perception of SCO’s global role between its two principal members: Russia and China.
Dr. Janko Šćepanović is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Center for Russian Studies in the School of Politics and International Relations of East China Normal University in Shanghai. He holds a Ph.D. degree in International Politics from Fudan University and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). His research focuses on Russia’s foreign policy in the former Soviet space, the Middle East, Southeast Europe, and regional institution-building in Greater Eurasia.
The event will be held in English and takes place on Zoom online platform.