It was formed on May the 1st, 1997 by the Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Uralsk, Almaty, Turkmenistan, Mangystau and Kara-Kalpakistan. The Alti Republic joined in 1998. Afghanistan then joined later in 2002 and the Urals SSR also joined in 2006.
It is a autocratic, alliance that oversees economic, cross-border legal issues, educational issues, ethnic issues, forieng affairs, trade and joint defense policy. It has been run since it's foundation by the Uzbek diplomat Ismail Mohamed Azermov.