At 7,000 troops, the Peace Mission 2014 military exercise of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was not large militarily. But its geopolitical importance was considerable: It was the biggest exercise to date for a budding anti-democratic alliance that includes two nuclear powers and could soon gain three more.  Annual “Peace Mission” military exercises usually have highlighted increasing SCO counter-terrorism cooperation. But Peace Mission 2014 in late August ...

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