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India-Pakistan Rivalry in the Contours of Shanghai Cooperation Organization: A Critical Appraisal (2017-2020)
ABSTRACT The study analyzes India and Pakistan’s rivalry and possible pathways of cooperation after attaining full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Since the world is moving towards multipolarity, the possibility of attaining cooperation of rival states seems possible. This study examines the role of the SCO in reducing or intensifying tensions between India and Pakistan. India and Pakistan have had cold relations, leading to different wars and arms races. India and Pakistan's rivalry has become a puzzle for the peace agents and policymakers as almost all attempts at peaceful coexistence between the two have failed. SCO was considered a useful instrument to quell regional tension and engage the rival states to preserve stability in South Asia. In this setting, the present study argues that after testing SAARC, the SCO is regarded as a toolbox for fixing frictions between Pakistan and India. They have the potential to enhance relations between India and Pakistan. This thesis analyzes the possible scenarios through which India would accept China’s leading role in the region and may get some positive energy from the platform of the SCO for Pakistan’s efforts for regional stability. Keywords: India-Pakistan rivalry, SCO, South Asia, Central Asia, Regional Integration.
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