Insecurity Dilemma and the Tibetan Uprising in 2008

  title={Insecurity Dilemma and the Tibetan Uprising in 2008},
  author={Tsering Topgyal},
  journal={Journal of Contemporary China},
  pages={183 - 203}
  • Tsering Topgyal
  • Published 2011
  • Economics
  • Journal of Contemporary China
  • In March 2008, Tibet erupted in the biggest challenge to Chinese rule since 1959. While Beijing and Dharamsala engaged in their familiar battle of representations, pundits speculated on the causes of the uprising, ranging from conspiracy theories to informed policy analysis. Applying the framework of the insecurity dilemma, this article argues that Tibetan identity insecurity on account of the post-1989 hard-line Chinese policies was the chief cause of the uprising. Largely peaceful protests… CONTINUE READING
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