Briefing Release | TGAP Process Explores Multilevel Governance as a Framework for Tibet Policy DialoguePosted: February 25, 2015
The Tibet Governance Project at the Elliott School of International Affairs hosted the 7th round of meetings of the Tibet Governance and Practice (TGAP) process from November 12-17, 2014.
The objective of the November round of meetings was to engage Chinese State Council policy researchers from Beijing in an exploratory discussion about “multilevel governance” as a framework for research exchange and policy dialogue on Tibet in the next phase of the TGAP process.
The meetings included joint TGAP briefings to US China studies faculty convened at the Harvard Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies in Cambridge; the Yale China Law Center in New Haven; and at the National Committee on US-China Relations in New York.
The TGAP Seminar on Multilevel Governance and Tibet Policy Research, convened at the Institute for Global and International Studies at George Washington University, engaged scholars of governance and political studies from Québec in an intensive discussion about the theory and practice of multilevel governance in comparative national, subnational and federal contexts.
The 2014 TGAP meetings indicated a common interest shared by Chinese and Tibetan policy researchers in exploring a research agenda for dialogue on macro-level governance and policy issues in Tibet.
As such, the 7th round of meetings marked a milestone in the TGAP process by advancing a shared stake in dialogue not just about particular substantive areas of policy research, but about comparative policy issues pertaining to systems and patterns of governance itself.
The TGAP initiative is a research exchange and dialogue process that advances knowledge and understanding of governance challenges in contemporary Tibet. Now in its eighth year, the TGAP process convenes scholars, researchers and practitioners in a cross-disciplinary discussion of key policy issues shaping the region.
In particular, the TGAP process provides a unique platform for Tibetan civic leaders and policy advocates from inside Tibet to discuss policy issues directly with national-level policy research institutions.
Since its inception in 2008, the TGAP process has held meetings involving Chinese and Tibetan policy researchers in Charlottesville (2009); Oslo (2010); Beijing (2011); Québec (2012); Shanghai (2013); and Washington DC (2014).
For more information, visit www.tgapforum.org