Vol. 6 No. 2 (2018): A Journal of Strategic Studies - Winter 2018
Articles

Pakistan and India’s Membership in SCO: Implications for Bilateral Cooperation

Riaz A. Khokhar
Research Assistant at the Center for International Strategic Studies (CISS)
Bio
Published December 31, 2018
Keywords
  • liberal institutionalism,
  • economic interdependence,
  • shanghai cooperation organization
How to Cite
Riaz A. Khokhar. (2018). Pakistan and India’s Membership in SCO: Implications for Bilateral Cooperation . CISS Insight Journal, 6(2), 23 - 40. Retrieved from http://journal.ciss.org.pk/index.php/ciss-insight/article/view/21

Abstract

This paper attempts to investigate whether the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) can play a meaningful role in defusing the tension in the bilateral relations of India and Pakistan. The purpose of this study is to explore if SCO has a role in bringing both India and Pakistan closer. With the help of both primary and secondary sources, this study looks at India Pakistan relations through the paradigm of liberalism. Although liberalism sees resolution of bilateral territorial disputes in economic interdependence, this research has concluded that Pakistan considers resolution of outstanding disputes, especially Kashmir, as a precursor to the bilateral trade. Hence, the role of regional institutions such as Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will remain contingent upon these factors.