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Dr Tshering Chonzom Bhutia was a Visiting Associate Fellow at the Institute of Chinese Studies, Delhi. She holds a PhD from the Centre for East Asian Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. Her thesis was titled 'Applying Negotiation Theory to the Sino-Tibetan Talks, 1979-2006'. She has just completed a significant research project comparing the Indian and Chinese government's ethnic minority/nationalities policies. 

She was part of the prestigious International Visitor Leadership Programme (IVLP) sponsored by the United States Department of State in July 2017. Earlier in June 2017, she was at the Southwest University for Nationalities, Chengdu, Sichuan, China (within the Department of Tibetan Studies) on a one-month teaching fellowship as a 'foreign expert'. In 2007, she participated in a month-long diploma programme supported by the Ministry of National Defense of the Republic of Taiwan.

She 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. Before that, she was Programme Coordinator, Assistant Editor and Assistant Fellow at the Indian Institute of Dalit Studies in its Publications and Dissemination Unit. Her first work assignment was with the Institute of Peace and Conflict Studies as a Research Officer in charge of its China Desk.



Tibetan ‘returnees’ journey home
22 Mar 2019

The Tibetans who followed the Dalai Lama after he fled to India in 1959 chose to live in makeshift houses, in the hope that the arrangement was temporary and they would go back home soon.

Quoted - Why India Won’t Play Its ‘Tibet Card’
31 May 2018

The Indian government’s distancing from the Tibetan events is at odds with its proximity to the Dalai Lama and the CTA the past four years.

China’s Crackdown on Crime and Corruption with Tibetan Characteristics
23 May 2018
China’s Crackdown on Crime and Corruption with Tibetan Characteristics

Under the leadership of Xi Jinping, along with the United Front Works Department and the various security apparatus in the country, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection Commission (CCDI) has been deployed to counter and subdue ‘separatism’ in Tibet.

Quoted - Dalai Lama caught in the middle as India and China reboot ties
31 Mar 2018

Is India distancing itself from the Tibetan exile community six decades after the Dalai Lama fled to the country?

Will India turn its back on the Dalai Lama to appease China?
17 Mar 2018

In a rare snub, New Delhi put its relationship with Beijing ahead of its exiled Tibetan community. But just how far is the Modi administration willing to go to ease tensions with its rival?

China Roundtable: New Delhi Buckling to Beijing by Red-flagging Dalai Lama event?
06 Mar 2018

New Delhi buckling to Beijing by red-flagging Dalai Lama event?

The Politics of Reincarnation: India, China, and the Dalai Lama
14 Apr 2017

Will the Dalai Lama reincarnate in Tawang?

Does Tibet's New Governor Signal Change?
19 Jan 2017

Meet Tibet’s new governor, and the other figures shaping China’s Tibet policy.

Tibet and China’s 'Belt and Road'
30 Aug 2016

Will Tibet become China’s bridge to South Asia under the Belt and Road Initiative?

A Review of the 2016 Forum on the Development of Tibet
24 Aug 2016

China organised yet another ‘Forum on the Development of Tibet’ that lasted for two days from 7 to 8 July 2016 and was jointly organised by the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) local government and the central State Council Information Office (SCIO). Interestingly, despite all the controversy garnered by the conference declaration titled ‘Lhasa Consensus’ that was issued on the conclusion of the Fourth Forum in 2014 (Xinhua 2014), the organisers yet again issued another ‘Lhasa Consensus’ (Tibet Online 2016a).

A Chinese Cab Driver and the Sino-Tibetan Problem
30 Jun 2016

A brief conversation illuminates how public opinion is shaped by (and diverges from) official Chinese narratives.

Tibet, Taiwan and China – A Complex Nexus
24 Nov 2015

Recent developments in cross-strait relations raise interesting questions for Tibet’s leadership in exile.

The Tibet issue in India-China relations: Destabilizing but Dynamic
12 Nov 2015

Without doubt, Tibet is the connecting thread – the inconspicuous link – in the India-China border dispute.

China’s Minorities: State of Research in India
11 Sep 2015

The data more or less speaks for itself. It is clear that in the research focus of students, university faculty, analysts to think tanks, there is a lop-sided focus on Tibet related issues.

The Protests in Tibet – What caused it
24 Mar 2015

The question looming large in everybody's head seems to be – what caused the protests inside Tibet?

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

Discussions range from whether the Dalai Lama would be reborn in Tibet or outside to who has the ultimate authority to choose the next Dalai Lama.

वह होंगे या नहीं होंगे? दलाई लामा के अवतार पर चीन और तिब्बत के बीच ताज़ा बहस
20 Feb 2015

दलाई लामा के बाद की स्थिति और चीन-तिब्बत समस्या पर इसके प्रभाव को लेकर लंबे समय से चर्चा चल रही है। इस बड़ी बहस से जुड़ी हुई, लेकिन सर्वव्यापी चर्चा हमें दलाई लामा के अवतार या zhuanshi (转世) से संबंधित सवाल की तरफ़ ले जाती है।

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

Impasse Yet Again: Beijing’s Failure to Acknowledge the Dalai Lama’s Increasing Moderation
17 Oct 2014

There has, of late, been growing interest in media across the world about a possible thawing of relations between the Dalai Lama and the Chinese authorities.

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

Dissent and opposition on the Tibetan plateau has surfaced prominently from time to time since the late 1950s – but has taken a serious turn in the form of the ‘self-immolations’ since 2009.

Indian Democracy, Elections and Society
16 Jul 2009

There is now light at the end of the tunnel. As you know, they fought like a 33% representation of women in the Indian Parliament.

Trespassers Please Excuse
06 May 2008

Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Trespassers Please Excuse
06 May 2008

Hindustan Times


Areas of interest

Negotiation Theory and Conflict Resolution; International Relations theory; Domestic (minority) sources of China’s foreign policy diplomacy; Sino-Tibetan dialogue process; Indian and Chinese minority policies; political economy of Chinese development policies in Tibet; Tibet factor in India-China relations & Tibetan question in India; and Post-14th Dalai Lama contingencies. She regularly speaks and writes on these issues in national and international forums.


Current Positions

    • Former Visiting 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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