Borderlands, development and indigeneity: China in South, Central, and South-East Asia

A Symposium Organized by
The International Development Studies Program at the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs, the Institute for Gilgit-Baltistan Studies, and
The American Islamic Congress’ Project Nur

Thursday December 13, 2012, 9:00 A.M. – 4:00 P.M.
Lindner Commons, 1957 E St. NW, Room 602
Elliott School of International Affairs

This day-long symposium will examine the increasing influence of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on development in Asia today in the context of its impact on indigenous peoples in China’s Asian borderlands.  The symposium, therefore, explores the role of two increasingly important players in the new geopolitics of development: rising global powers (represented by the PRC) and non-state actors (represented by indigenous peoples’ groups).  In doing so, it raises questions about the contested nature of international development today, both globally and more specifically in Asia.  The symposium will consist of three panels, focusing on South Asia (9:00-11:00), Central Asia (11:15-1:15), and South-East Asia (2:15-3:15) respectively.  Speakers, including both scholars and practitioners, will examine case studies of China’s interaction with indigenous peoples in the context of Asia’s development, highlighting both positive and negative ramifications, and provide recommendations for how Chinese-led development in Asia can better account for the particular needs of indigenous peoples, including their concerns about preserving cultural and religious traditions, the use of native lands, and their rights to self-determination.

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Lunch will be provided

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