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.

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

Check here for updated list of U.S. public talks by Khenpo Tsultrim Lodroe in April-May 2015

Khenpo Tsultrim Lodroe of Serta Larung Gar

Khenpo Tsultrim Lodroe of Serta Larung Gar


Thursday, April 2, 6:00-8:00 pm: Religion and Development in Tibet Today

Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University, Washington DC.


Tuesday April 7, 6.15 pm: The Role of Tibetan Buddhism, Monasteries and Nunneries in Development and Tibetan Society Today.

Andover Hall, Harvard Divinity School, Frances Ave, Cambridge MA


Thursday April 9, 7:00 pm: Buddhism and Society in Tibet Today.

Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Building, Columbia University, West 116th Street, New York.  Registration at http://goo.gl/forms/x6eBLZCuJL


Friday, April 17, 3:30-5:00 pm: Tibetan Environmental and Cultural Preservation

University of Virginia, Wilson Hall 301, Charlottesville, VA,


Monday, April 20,  5:30-7:00 pm: Buddhist Contemplation, Science, and Secular Society: A Dialog with  Khenpo Tsultrim Lodroe. In conversation with Professor David Germano

University of Virginia, Minor Hall 125, Charlottesville VA


Thursday, April 23, 6:00pm: Buddhism and Development in Society Today

Otterbein University, Riley Auditorium, Columbus, Ohio


Monday, April 27, 6:00-8:00 pm:  Buddhism and Development in Society Today

Naropa University, Nalanda Events Center, Colorado


Tuesday April 28, 6:00-8:00pm: Liberating Yaks:  The Vegetarian Question in Tibet

University of Colorado Boulder, British Studies Room, Norlin Library, Boulder, Colorado


Friday, May 1, 7:00-9:00pm:  Meditation in Society

Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, 1535 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara CA


Saturday, May 2, 4:00-6:00pm:  Shamatha and Vipashyana Meditation

Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara, 1535 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara CA


Tuesday, May 5, 2:00-3:15pm: Monasteries and Buddhism in Tibetan Society Today

University of California, Santa Barbara CA


The talks will be translated from Tibetan into English. Coordination: Modern Tibetan Studies Program at Columbia. Made possible by support from the Khyentse Lectureship, the HBH Fund, William P. T. Lee & Jason J. Lee, and the Helen Clay Frick Foundation.

Religion and Development in Tibet Series

The Tibet Governance Project honored to host

Khenpo Tsultrim Lodroe of Larung Gar

Religion and Community Development Series


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

The Tibet Governance Project at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs was honored to host Khenpo Tsultrim Lodroe, one of the foremost civic leaders in contemporary Tibet.  A part of the core leadership of Larung Gar in Serta, Khenpo leads an ecumenical Tibetan Buddhist institution of over 10,000 followers in residence.

As a civic leader, Khenpo has led a public conversation inside Tibet about education, language issues, the environment, public health, HIV/AIDs awareness and vegetarianism.  Noted for his scholarship and publications on Buddhist philosophy in both Tibetan and Chinese, Khenpo is a leading figure in faith-based civic engagement in Tibet today.

This is Khenpo’s first visit to North America.  He gave his inaugural U.S. public lecture on Thursday, April 2.  Khenpo also led a series of academic seminars on religion and community development in contemporary Tibet from March 30-April 1.

Public Lecture

Religion and Development in Tibet Today
Thursday, April 2, 2015
6pm – 7:30pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW Room 213
Washington, DC 20052

Community Development in Tibet Seminar Series

Role of Monastic Institutions in Community Development in Tibet

Serta Larung Gar in northern Kham


Monday, March 30, 2015
11am – 12:30pm

Institute for Global and International Studies
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW Room 501

Washington, DC 20052


 Rise of Environmentalism and Its Effects on Community Development in Tibet
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
11am – 12:30pm

Institute for Global and International Studies
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW Room 501

Washington, DC 20052

Effects of Gender Disparities on Community Development in Tibet
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
11am – 12:30pm

Sigur Center for Asian Studies
Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW

Washington, DC 20052

The visit of Khenpo Tsultrim Lodroe to GWU is part of a visit to a consortium of universities in U.S., including Columbia, Harvard, University of Virginia, Otterbein University, Colorado and University of California Santa Barbara.  Khenpo’s visit has been made possible with support from the Khyentse Lectureship, the HBH Fund and the Helen Clay Frick Foundation.  Khenpo’s visit to GW is supported by Machik, the Global Gender Program and Sigur Center for Asian Studies.

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.

Click to read in Chinese

Click to read in Chinese

In 2010, direct budgetary subsidies from the central government to the local government of the TAR exceeded 100 percent of the TAR gross domestic product (GDP) for the first time – exceeding even the levels reached during the peaks of subsidization during the Maoist period in the late 1960s and 1970s. Thereafter, subsidization continued to surge, reaching almost 116 percent of GDP by 2012.

By comparison, budgetary subsidies to the government in Qinghai reached 44 percent of GDP. In Guizhou, the poorest province of the PRC, subsidies reached 16 percent, while in Gansu, the second poorest, they reached approximately 18 percent. Subsidies were increasing in these other provinces, but nowhere to the extent they were in the TAR. Unlike in TAR, the economies of these other poorer provinces slowed as the Chinese national economy has slowed.

TAR the only provincial-level unit to meet growth target in 2014

Given the unprecedented flow of subsidies to the region, it is perhaps not surprising that the TAR was also recently announced as the only provincial unit of the PRC to have met its economic growth target in 2014.  The TAR economy grew by 12 percent — precisely on the target set by the local government. Since economic activity in the TAR is essentially driven by government spending and investment, the government is able to meet its targeted growth rate by adjusting the flow of subsidies.  To a large extent much of economic growth in the TAR has thus been an accounting illusion.

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.

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

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

For more details,


Economic Perspectives on Development in Tibet:  Effects of Subsidization under the Hu-Wen Administration

Thursday, April 9, 2015

5pm – 6:30pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW Room B14 (Please note that venue has been moved from Rm 214 to B14)
Washington, DC 20052

Click here to RSVP


Preferential Practices and Employment in Tibet:  
A Study of the Dynamics of Public Employment and Tibetan-Medium Education

Dr. Andrew M. Fischer
Associate Professor of Development Studies, International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, Erasmus University Rotterdam

Moderator:  Dr. Tashi Rabgey, Research Professor of International Affairs

Friday, April 10, 2015

3pm – 5pm

Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW, Room 308
Washington, DC 20052

Click here to RSVP


7c36395e-25cf-492f-8cc0-7b1074471920“Yartsa Rinpoche, The Precious Caterpillar”

Friday, April 10, 2015


Elliott School of International Affairs
1957 E Street NW, Room B12
Washington, DC 20052

Directed by Dorje Tsering Chenaktsang. Cordyceps sinensis (in Tibetan, Yartsa-gunbu) has been called “Tibet’s golden worm” and “The Viagra of the Himalayas.” When it was discovered 30 years ago as a natural remedy, it became a boon to Tibetan nomads. Today, some nomadic Tibetan communities bring in as much as 80% of their income collecting it. Yartsa Rinpoche follows Darlo, an elder in the Amdo region, who with his family forms a group of 30 that treks 800 kilometers to collect the “worm,” while exploring its larger implications. In Tibetan; English subtitles. 101 min.

showphoto.viewDr. Andrew Fischer is a leading specialist on the economics of contemporary Tibet. He is currently a convener of the MA in Social Policy for Development at Institute for Social Studies, in which he leads teaching on poverty studies, population, social policy, inclusive development, and development economics. A development economist by training, he has been involved in researching in development studies or in developing countries for over twenty-five years. Beyond his regional specialization on Tibet, he has also dealt with inclusive development strategies to combat poverty, inequality, and social exclusion in both China and India. A major focus of his current research are the challenges of redistribution in contemporary development. He has published widely on subjects related to China’s development and on the international development agenda more generally. He earned a PhD in Development Studies from the London School of Economics and an MA in Economics from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Co-sponsored by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and Machik
The Tibet Governance Project advances scholarship, research, and new perspectives on key issues of governance and public policy in contemporary Tibet. The program promotes research initiatives and program activities that produce fresh insights, analyses, and approaches to understanding the social, economic and institutional challenges confronting the Tibetan region.

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.


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