Dr. Tashi Rabgey at Sichuan University

Graduate seminar on International Political Economy at Sichuan University, October 4, 2015.  Dr. Tashi Rabgey is currently Visiting Scholar at Sichuan University. Read the rest of this entry »

U.S. Public Talks by Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro | April-May 2015

Check here for updated list of U.S. public talks by Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro in April-May 2015 Read the rest of this entry »

Religion and Development in Tibet Series

The Tibet Governance Project honored to host

Khenpo Tsultrim Lodro of Larung Gar

Religion and Community Development Series


Khenpo Tsultrim Lodroe མཁན་ཆེན་ཚུལ་ཁྲིམས་བློ་གྲོས།

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Research Brief | Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) Fiscal Policy Under the Hu-Wen Administration

The TGP Research Brief is a new series produced by the Tibet Governance Project at the Elliott School of International Affairs to make academic research and scholarly analysis of critical issues of governance and policy challenges in contemporary Tibet available to a broader policy interest community and the general global public.

Dramatic surge in subsidies in TAR after 2008

A study of fiscal policy in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) from 1990 to 2012 indicates a dramatic intensification of Beijing’s prevailing economic strategy of massive state subsidization of the region in the post-2008 period.  Andrew M. Fischer’s 2015 study demonstrates that while under the Hu-Wen administration, state subsidies and investment increased moderately across the ten western provinces of the PRC, subsidies surged dramatically in the TAR after 2008, reaching levels from 2010 onwards never before observed in any other province or in any other period of the PRC.

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Click to read in Chinese

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Briefing Release | TGAP Process Explores Multilevel Governance as a Framework for Tibet Policy Dialogue

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.

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Click for Briefing

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. Read the rest of this entry »

Economic Studies of Tibet Series | Upcoming Events


Economic Studies of Tibet Series of the Tibet Governance Project welcomes:


Associate Professor of Development Studies, International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Public Lecture on Thursday April 9, 2015

Workshop on Employment on Friday April 10, 2015

Film Screening:  Yartsa Rinpoche on Friday April 10, 2015 Read the rest of this entry »

Film Screening: Crisis of Tibetan Language Loss and Khashem Gyal’s Valley of Heroes

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Date: Thursday, September 25, 2014

Venue: Elliott School of International Affairs, Room 113, 1957 E Street NW

Valley of Heroes is a feature-length ethnographic film documenting language and cultural loss in a Tibetan community  of Amdo in north-eastern Tibet (Qinghai). Over the past decades, Tibetans living in Hualong County (དཔའ་བོའི་ལུང་པ་) have experienced rapid cultural shifts and accelerated language loss.  Today a third of the population are unable to speak their native language. The film spends time with an assortment of village residents and elders who reflect on the changes taking place in their community, and also documents a unique Tibetan language program that is attempting to address the situation. Valley of Heroes offers a rare and thought-provoking glimpse into a Tibetan society caught in the midst of a painful and complex cultural transition.  

About the Director
Khashem Gyal is a graduate of Qinghai Nationalities University. He is the founder of the Amilolo Film Group, a film group dedicated to educating young Tibetans about digital video production and supporting a new generation of Tibetan filmmakers. He is also a core member of Plateau Photographers.  Khashem Gyal has directed numerous short films about Tibetan life and culture. Valley of Heroes is his first full-length documentary film. Khashem Gyal is currently in Washington DC as a Machik Fellow.

Lecture at Sichuan University on Governance Paradigm

On April 23, Dr. Tashi Rabgey was a guest lecturer at Sichuan University’s Center for China’s Western Frontier Security, Development and Cooperative Innovation. Faculty and students participated in her talk on “Development of Governance as a New Paradigm for Social and Political Organization: From Theory to Practice in Comparative Context.” Dr. Rabgey’s presentation discussed governance as a framework for the Tibet issue in the context of comparative fieldwork in Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq and the Karen State of Burma. Read the rest of this entry »

Governance of Conservation and Biodiversity in the Tibetan Region

Ethan Golding, Tibet specialist and director of Winrock International in China

Ethan Golding, Tibet specialist and director of Winrock International in the PRC

Seminar on Governance of Conservation and Biodiversity in the Tibetan Region

February 12, 2014

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.

Blogpost by Tenzin Tekan

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? Read the rest of this entry »

Rethinking the Sino-Tibetan Frontier

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Dr. Tenzin Jinba, Lanzhou University – Washington DC, February 2014

Seminar on Gender, Identity Politics and State-Society Relations on the Sino-Tibetan Frontier

February 3, 2014

Dr. Tenzin Jinba, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology, Lanzhou University, Gansu province; Postdoctoral candidate, Yale University

Review by Dr. Tashi Rabgey

During a fieldtrip in 2010 to study language policy in eastern Tibet, I took the opportunity to travel to Gyarong, a land fabled among Tibetans for its distinctive linguistic traits and cultural character.  There, as promised, I was duly struck by the extraordinary features of the Gyarong local world.  The language, for instance, would take deliberate study and effort to Read the rest of this entry »