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Member states working together to focus on security related concerns3 main security related concerns1. Terrorism2. extremism3. Separatismvery unique – no other organization has this in its’ chartersays we wow to protect each others sovereignty, territorial integritywill help you fight against separatism in your own country – so if Taiwan wants to break away, SCO will help stop thisEvidence that activities of SCO are expanding in social development directions simultaneously Broadened cooperation on issues like:oCrimeoOverall securityoLegal framework – to help extradite criminalsoHelp police forcesoJoint taskforce to fight drug traffickingoIncreased intelligence sharingoIncreased SCO military exercises and cooperation – looks like a lot likeNATO --- just started1st military game was: in case a terrorist group in an SCO country attacks US/Europe and then they try to invade to get those terrorists, lets try to stop themUS in AfghanistanoIncreased counter terrorism programs across all 6 countriesAfghanistan is #1 producer of heroin and most of that goes to Russia and China No where near the organization, intelligence sharing near NATO/EUImportant for evolution for world power structures and current eventsThey want to do more on economic stuff