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Seminar on Governance of Conservation and Biodiversity in the Tibetan Region
February 12, 2014

In his recent seminar at the Elliott School of International Affairs, Ethan Golding, director of Winrock International in the PRC, raised the question:  how can dynamism in conservation and biodiversity in the Tibetan region be strengthened?

Drawing on several decades of experience working in eastern Tibet, Mr. Golding provided an engaging and thought-provoking set of comments on his central question for an audience of students, researchers and policy studies community.

Ethan Golding is a Tibet specialist and Director of Winrock International in the PRC.  Now based in Chengdu, he was trained in East Asian studies at Harvard and Stanford and first traveled to Tibet in 1983.

Gender, Identity Politics, and State-society Relations on the Sino-Tibetan Border
February 3, 2014

Dr. Tenzin Jinba will discuss his current research and recent book, In the Land of the Eastern Queendom:  The Politics of Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino-Tibetan Border.  Recorded in classical Chinese texts, this legendary matriarchal domain has attracted not only tourists but the vigilance of the Chinese state.  Tenzin Jinba's research examines the consequences of development of the queendom label for local ethnic, gender, and political identities and for state-society relations. 

Co-sponsored with the Institute for Global and International Affairs and Culture in Global Affairs.

China's Environmental Movement: A View from Beijing

Monday, April 29, 2013 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Lindner Family Commons, Room 602
1957 E Street, NW, Washington DC

Liu Jianqiang is Beijing Editor of, an online, bilingual forum on environmental issues in China. Formerly a senior investigative reporter with Southern Weekend, China's most influential investigative newspaper, he is known for his exposes of the controversial Tiger Leaping Gorge dams in southern Yunnan, genetically modified rice, and the Summer Palace Lake Reconstruction Project, all of which led to shifts in government policy. He has been featured in the Wall Street Journal's study of investigative journalism in China as well as in China Ink, the Changing Face of Chinese Journalism, and his books include Heavenly Gems: A Tibetan Legend (2009) and The Last Raft on the Jinsha River (2012).

The Tibet Conundrum and the New Chinese Leadership: Emerging Dynamics after the Leadership Transition in Beijing

Wednesday, March 27, 2013 12:00 - 1:30pm
Lindner Family Commons, Suite 602
1957 E Street NW, Washington DC

Panelists will include:

Jigme Ngapo, Tibet Analyst and Independent Scholar, Former RFA Tibetan Service Director

Dr. Susette Cooke, Lecturer in China Studies, University of Technology, Sydney

Steven Marshall, Senior Advisor, Congressional Executive Commission on China


Dr. Sean Roberts, Associate Professor of International Affairs Director, International Development Studies

Co-sponsored with the Global Policy Forum

Challenges and Opportunities for the Tibetan Administration in Exile: Reflections on a Shifting Political Landscape

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Conference Room 505, 5th Floor
1957 E Street NW, Washington DC

Lobsang Nyandak, Official Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Americas, Office of Tibet New York

Mr. Nyandak served as a Cabinet member of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala from 2001-2006. As a Cabinet member, he headed the Department of Information and International Relations, the Department of Finance and the Department of Health. He also served as a member of the Tibetan Parliament and as the first executive director of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, one of the premier institutions that track and promote human rights and democracy for Tibetans.

Co-sponsored with the Global Policy Forum

Tibetan Language Policy and Practice as a Challenge of Governance: Shifting Minority Policy Orientations in the People's Republic of China

January 25th, 2013
Conference Room 501, 5th Floor

Manla Kyi will speak about China's changing policy toward minority languages. She will focus on the case of the Tibetan language and policy about the language of instruction in schools. Kyi is a doctoral candidate at the University of Hong Kong.

Co-sponsored with the Culture in Global Affairs Program


The Tibet Governance Project is directed by Dr. Tashi Rabgey, Research Professor of International Affairs.

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