What are the implications of the rise of China as a global power and the impasse between the Chinese government and the Dalai Lama for the Tibetan diaspora and the Tibet movement in exile? Is there an alternative to the ‘Middle Way’ approach of the Dalai lama? What is the road ahead? Leading Tibetan intellectuals and scholars will discuss the contentious present and the possible futures for the diaspora.
0920 Introduction and Welcome speech by Dibyesh Anand
0930-1100 Thupten Samphel, Information Secretary in Tibetan Government-in-Exile, ‘The Middle Way Approach and the Tibet Issue’
Thubten Samdup, Acting Personal Representative of the Dalai Lama for Northern Europe, A brief talk on change and choice in the election of Kalon Tripa 2011
Tenzin Tethong, Stanford University, 'The Exile of the Tibetans and the Future of Tibet'
1100-1115 Tea Break
1115-1300 Dr Lobsang Sangay, Harvard Law School, 'Is the Dalai Lama a Democrat?'
Tshering Chonzom Bhutia, Jawaharlal Nehru University, 'In a Post-Dalai Lama Situation: Contending Perspectives and Approaches'
Tseten Wangchuk, University of Virginia, 'China Rising and the Challenge of Tibet'
1300-1400 Lunch Break
1400-1530 Tsering Topgyal, London School of Economics, ‘Breaking the Insecurity Dilemma: Scenarios for the Future of the Sino-Tibetan Conflict’
Dr Tashi Rabgey, University of Virginia, ‘Remapping the Tibet Issue in a Shifting Global Context: Toward the Paradigm of Governance’
1530-1545 Tea Break
1545-1630 Keynote lecture by Professor Tsering Shakya, University of British Columbia
1630-1730 Open panel discussion
1730 Closing Remarks