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Tshering Chonzom

Tshering Chonzom Bhutia is Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies. She holds a PhD in Chinese Studies from the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Her thesis was an attempt at generating knowledge on the dynamics of the Sino-Tibetan conflict in engendering a sustained impasse by using negotiation theory as an analytical tool. In 2007, she spent a month in Taiwan where she attended lectures on Taiwanese culture, society, economy and polity. Recently, she was awarded an ICSSR grant to undertake a comparative study of Indian and Chinese ethnic minority policies. She is also associated with the ‘China-India-Nepal Trilateral Cooperation'. 

She speaks and writes regularly on Sino-Tibetan issues. Some of her writings have appeared in the publications of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Indian Council of World Affairs and the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies. Among others, she has published in China Report, Hindustan Times, World Focus and Phayul.

She also has a rich work experience including research, editing and programme coordination. Her last stint as Programme Coordinator for the Heinrich Böll Foundation’s programme on ‘Democracy and Conflict’ in India lasted for about four and a half years. Prior to that, she was Programme Coordinator, Assistant Editor and Assistant Fellow at the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies. Her first work assignment was with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies as a Research Officer in charge of its China Desk. Simultaneously, she was the founding member and Editor of the magazine ‘Tibetan World’ for a period of more than a year. 

To her credit, she has designed and developed the website of the Centre for East Asian Studies, SIS, JNU, her alma mater. She is also a proud recipient of the 'Best Researcher Award' from the same Centre in 2008.

A Review of the Fourth Forum on the Development of Tibet
01 Aug 2016

China Report, (New Delhi, India), Vol. 50, No. 1

Will he or Won’t he? Recent Sino-Tibetan Exchanges over the Dalai Lama’s Reincarnation
01 Feb 2015

ICS Analysis, Institute of Chinese Studies

Lezlee Brown Halper and Stefan Halper, Tibet: an Unfinished Story( India: Hachette, 2014)
01 Dec 2014

Lezlee Brown Halper and Stefan Halper, India: Hachette, 2014, in The Book Review, Vol. XXXVIII, No. 12

100 years of Simla Agreement
11 Nov 2013

A Page from History anchored by Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay, Lok Sabha TV

The Chinese Communist Party in Tibet: Negotiating Dissent, Development and Dialogue
01 May 2013

In C. V. Ranganathan and Sanjeev Kumar (eds), The 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China: A Major Turning Point for China (New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2013)

Self-immolations, the Tibet Question and the Way Forward
01 Mar 2013

ICS Analysis, Institute of Chinese Studies, No. 7, March 2013

Tibeter fahnden nach neuer Strategie
12 Nov 2008

Interviewed by Britta Petersen for Financial Times Deutschland

Tibetan November: Come Rain or Shine?
06 Nov 2008

Article No. 2720, 6 November 2008, Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies, New Delhi

After the Storm: Status Quo of the Sino-Tibetan Talks and the Situation of the Tibetans in Exile
04 Nov 2008

Briefing Paper, Heinrich Boll Foundation, India

Trespassers Please Excuse
06 May 2008

Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Chinese Preconditions and Tibetan Initiatives: Negotiating Narratives
01 May 2008

China Report, (New Delhi, India), Vol. 44, No. 2, pp. 185-193 (2008)

The Arrow and the Olive Branch: Conceptualizing Social Exclusion in Tibet
01 Apr 2008

With Prashant Negi in World Focus, Issue 340

Protests in Tibet and Political Posturing: The Problematique
01 Apr 2008

World Focus, Issue 340

The Protests in Tibet – What caused it?
24 Mar 2008


Sino-Tibetan Dialogue - A Mid-Term Appraisal
01 Mar 2006

World Focus, Issue 315

India-China Relations (Until Atal’s Visit): A Review
01 Apr 2005

Tibetan World, Vol. I, Issue 10

The 1989 Arms Embargo and China
01 Jan 2005

Peace and Conflict, Vol. 8, No. 1

Reflections on the Dalai Lama’s Interview with Time
01 Nov 2004

Peace and Conflict, Vol. 7, No. 11, November 2004: 7-8

Leadership Change in China - Nature and Implications
01 Oct 2004

Peace and Conflict, Vol. 7, No. 10, October 2004: 1-2

Cross-Straits Dispute - The Watchword is Peace
01 Oct 2004

Peace and Conflict, Vol. 7, No. 10, October 2004: 4-5



Areas of interest

Areas of interest: Negotiation theory and conflict resolution; historical and contemporary dynamics of the Sino-Tibetan conflict; comparison of India-China minority policies; Sino-Tibetan talks; Tibet factor in India-China relations; sovereignty and its impact on sub-nationalities and ethnic minorities


Current Positions
    • Associate Fellow, Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi
Past Positions
    • Visiting Associate Fellow (July 2014-March, 2015), Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi.
    • Programme Coordinator, Heinrich Boll Foundation, India Office, New Delhi 
    • Programme Coordinator/Assistant Fellow/Assistant Editor/Web Administrator, Indian Institute of Dalit Studies, New Delhi
    • ­PhDCenter for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
    • MA. Politics with specialization in International Relations, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delh
    • Diploma.Historiography and Research Methodology, Indian Council for Historical Research (ICHR), Delhi (2008).

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