17th Meeting of the SCO Forum

17th Meeting of the SCO Forum

26 May 2022

On May 26th, the 17th meeting of the Forum of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation was held virtually. The Forum is a multilateral, non-governmental advisory and expert mechanism established to promote and provide academic support for the SCO activities, develop cooperation between academic research centers and think-tanks of the SCO member states, hold joint research on relevant issues within the Organisation’s terms of reference, clarify SCO’s objectives and operational principles, broaden its ties with academia and civil society, as well as promote exchange of opinions between scholars and experts in politics, security, economy, environment, emerging technologies, humanitarian issues and other fields.

Established at the meeting in Moscow, at MGIMO, on May 22–23, 2006, the Forum includes one reputable academic institution from each SCO member state that are chosen in accordance with national procedures. These institutions hold the status of the SCO National Research Center. In Russia, this status is given to MGIMO University that chaired the Forum in 2021 – 2022 and organized its 17th meeting.

The participants were welcomed by the Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov and the SCO Secretary-General Zhang Ming. From MGIMO’s side, the guests were greeted by the Vice-Rector for Science and Research Andrey Baykov. The event gathered expert delegations from eight SCO member-states, representing their National Research Centers – Chinese Academy of International Studies, Indian Council on World Affairs, Nursultan Nazarbayev Foundation’s Institute of World Economy and Politics (Republic of Kazakhstan), National Institute for Strategic Studies of the Kyrgyz Republic, Institute for Strategic Studies, Islamabad (the Islamic Republic of Pakistan), MGIMO University, Center for Strategic Research under the President of the Republic of Tajikistan, Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The participants discussed the SCO cooperation issues in security, trade and economic ties, and humanitarian field. The reports were presented by the Director of the IIS Center for East Asia Studies and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Studies Alexander Lukin and the Director of the Center for Euro-Atlantic Security Alexander Nikitin. The Russian delegation also included the Leading Researcher at the IIS Center for East Asia Studies and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Studies, Ambassador Mikhail Konarovsky and the Senior Researcher at the Center Igor Denisov.