Date:  2013-11-27  Author: admin    Source:COSCOS

Center of SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION (SCO) Studies, Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences
The Center of SHANGHAI COOPERATION ORGANIZATION Studies(COSCOS),established on June 15,2001,is bases on an earlier center of “SHANGHAI FIVE” studies founded in December 2000. COSCOS is the first academic institution embarking on “SHANGHAI FIVE” and SCO studies in China and in the world as well. His excellency Mr. Li Fenglin, Executive Director of Chinese Center of Shanghai Cooperation Organization studies and former Chinese ambassador to the Russian federation, serves as senior advisor to COSCOS. Its director is Professor Pan Guang , executive Council Member of  Chinese Center of Shanghai Cooperation Organization studies. COSCOS is also staffed with deputy directors, secretary-general and deputy secretary-generals , as well as senior fellow or program officers, most of them being eminent scholars or practitioners in the fields.
COSCOS is actively engaged in the following areas of work; (1) to promote comprehensive research on SCO with a particular interest in integrating high-quality research achievements in the field; (2) to facilitate academic exchanges with counterparts at home and abroad, including those of SCO member states, other countries in the Commonwealth of independent States, Central Asia, South Asia, and Middle East, as well as the United States, EU members and other parties that COSCOS has a dialogue or cooperation relationship with; (3) and to advise government departments, enterprises and public undertakings on the choice of policy options, analysis of market situation, enforcement of development strategies, and various other aspects in relation with the SCO countries.
The major research projects that COSCOS has completed or is currently undertaking cover a wide scope, including:
-- SCO security cooperation and counter-terrorist mechanism;
-- SCO energy and communications cooperation;
-- Impact of the Iraqi war on SCO;
-- SCO’s relationship with the United States;
-- SCO and the establishment of the Central Asian nuclear-free zone;
-- Absorption of new members into SCO;
-- Prospects of SCO cultural cooperation;
-- SCO and other regional organizations in Central Asia;
-- Evolution from “Shanghai Five” to SCO and the “Shanghai Spirit”. 

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