Research Articles by Thubten Samphel

China’s Dalai Lama Dilemma

July 23, 2018

In his pursuit of the Chinese dream and the rejuvenation of the Chinese nation, President Xi Jinping has relentlessly tightened Party discipline and its grip on society. He has launched the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a project to vastly improve connectivity on land and at sea between Africa, Middle East and Europe through the construction of highways, airports, rail and ports to facilitate trade and commerce between continents.......Read More

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The Man who Stole Tibet

June 27, 2018

Studio 59: Dialogue Artists’ Residency lies beyond the bridge in Khanyara in the lush valley below the foothills of the Dhauladhar range. The man behind Studio 59 hopes to transform it into an academy for Tibetan and other artists from around the world, to serve as a retreat in which they could give undivided attention and expression to their own evocation of Tibet. He hopes the academy would serve as a solitary place for Tibetan artists to meditate on “what does it mean to be a Tibetan in this day and age” and use the medium of art to evoke their meditation.......Read More

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The Fabulous Pandatsang Family Remembered

June 16, 2018

Dr. Carole McGranahan of the University of Colorado, Boulder gave a fascinating talk on 15 June on the fabulous Pandatsang family of Tibet, focusing on the figure of Rabga Pandatsang who founded Tibet's political party. Her jam-packed audience consisted of the researchers of the Tibet Policy Institute, other staff of the Central Tibetan Administration and members of Tibetan NGOs.......Read More

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Recreating Tibet Outside: Early Years of the Refugee Community

June 27, 2017

Going through the pages of Exile, one is amazed by the generosity of India and how this generosity has enabled the Tibetan refugees to re-construct Tibet outside of Tibet. Lobsang Gyatso Sither, the compiler and editor of the photo journal, focuses on four key efforts of the Tibetan refugees in the re-construction of their community in exile.......Read More

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In China, Xi News and Non-Xi News

December 15, 2015

The effects of globalisation, the pinyinization of global commerce and Xi-nization of China are producing some surprising results in the media around the world. The most surprising result took place in India during President Xi Jinping’s visit last year.......Read More

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“In Tibet, China Moves from Empire-lite to Empire-heavy”

December 9, 2015

There are libraries of literature on the Cold War as seen from Western, Soviet, Third World or independent scholarly perspectives. But rarely has there been a book on how the Cold War as it was played out on the remote, sprawling plateau of Tibet reveals the Chinese state’s weakness back then and provided Beijing the opportunity to strengthen its presence in its new imperial real estate.......Read More

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A Warrior Sings for Tibet

October 5, 2015

We don’t know after whom Loten Namling models himself. Traditional Tibet was peopled by characters who struck out on their own to earn merit or a living. Itinerant monks, yogis, travelling minstrels, hermits, lama manis, bridge-builders and story-tellers whose roles as saints, entertainers or educators had a niche in old Tibet’s......Read More

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The Dalai Lama’s China Experience and Its Impact

April 16, 2015

By now it is an open secret the degree to which respect for the Dalai Lama is growing in China within the leadership and business circles and amongst the ordinary people. The BBC's exclusive report on China's super-rich communist Buddhists is the latest proof.......Read More

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Xi Jinping: the Great Balancer

January 9, 2015

There is no shortage of commentators trying to figure out what China’s rise means to the international system. Lately their focus has shifted to Xi Jinping, the party secretary and the country’s president, whose ability to consolidate his power within the party structure has been swift and unrelenting.  What does a strong country with a... Read more »......Read More

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The Jailor Jailed: Zhou Yongkang Behind Bars

December 6, 2014

In a widely anticipated move, Zhou Yongkang, China's most powerful domestic security chief who on his watch commanded a budget bigger than that of China's armed forces, was late this week expelled from the Chinese Communist Party, ......Read More

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