CHINA Town Hall with Ambassador Susan E. Rice and Tashi Rabgey
Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:00-7:45 pm
Ramseyer Hall 100
29 W Woodruff Ave
Flyer: CHINA Town Hall Flyer.pdf
A national conversation on China taking place in 80+ communities throughout the United States, the CHINA Town Hall at OSU begins with a talk at 6:00 p.m. by Tashi Rabgey, Research Professor of International Affairs, Elliot School of International Affairs, The George Washington University, and is followed by a live webcast discussion with Ambassador Susan E. Rice that is moderated by Stephen Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
On-site Speaker: Tashi Rabgey
"Missing Territoriality: Tibet and the Governance Paradigm in the People’s Republic of China"
Research Professor of International Affairs
George Washington University
Abstract: The outbreak of unrest in Tibet in 2008 and Xinjiang in 2009 marked a new phase of renewed Chinese scholarly and public debate of what is now often termed ‘the ethnic problem.’ Dr. Tashi Rabgey argues that the recent reframing of the problem as one of ‘minority rights’ or ‘ethnic grievances’ leaves the territorial dimension of the issue analytically obscured. As an alternative, the framework of governance offers an approach that foregrounds ‘territoriality,’ or the territorial aspect of minority politics within the PRC. A broadly prescriptive approach, governance research provides an empirically-grounded account of the growing regionalization of policy-making processes, regulatory systems and public demands across the PRC. This in turn points to a widely overlooked centrifugal pattern in the modern Chinese state that has been present throughout the era of market reforms. The consequent emergence of territorial policy communities and the potential for rescaling governance points the way to an alternative rationality and mode of discourse for the discussion of Tibetan interests and demands within the context of the People’s Republic of China.
Bio: Tashi Rabgey is a Research Professor of International Affairs at the Elliott School, where she is currently directing the Tibet Governance Lab and the Research Initiative on Multi-Nation States (RIMNS). Dr. Rabgey led the development of the TGAP Forum, a seven-year academic dialogue with policy researchers of the Chinese State Council in Beijing as well as Harvard, UQÀM and other global academic partners. This has led to new inquiries into the institutional structure and process of China's policymaking in Tibet. Before joining the Elliott School, Professor Rabgey was a faculty member of the University of Virginia East Asia Center where she was co-director of the University of Virginia Tibet Center. She holds a Ph.D. from Harvard University, as well as law degrees from Oxford and Cambridge where she studied as a Rhodes scholar.
National Webcast Speaker: The Honorable Susan E. Rice, former National Security Advisor and U.S. Ambassador to the UN
- Moderated by Mr. Stephen A. Orlins, President, National Committee on U.S.-China Relations
Ambassador Susan E. Rice was national security advisor (2013-2017) for the Obama administration and U.S. permanent representative to the UN (2009-2013), as well as U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs and senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council. Her critical role as a presidential advisor developing and executing policies U.S. foreign policy maker her perspective on the relationship especially relevant during this uncertain time in the bilateral relationship.
For fifty years, the National Committee on United States-China Relations has been the leading national, non-partisan, nonprofit public affairs organization devoted to building constructive and durable relationships between the United States and China.
This event is sponsored in part by a U.S. Department of Education Title VI grant to The Ohio State University East Asian Studies Center.