The Future of Tibet

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AP Photo/Ng Han Guan
A Chinese military officer visits the square near the Potala Palace in Lhasa, western China's Tibet
Province, July 28, 2007. Tibet's history is steeped in dispute.

Modern Political History of Tibet

In the popular consciousness, Tibet is a mystical, spiritually and culturally rich land of sublime natural beauty, beset with social unrest and political turmoil. And its exiled leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, is of the world’s most charismatic and influential social activists. Learn about the modern political history of Tibet, the debate surrounding Tibetan freedom and the future of Tibet.

History of Tibet

Tibet was once a great military power that “carved for itself a huge empire in Central ... read more »

Chinese Annexation of Tibet

In the early 1950s, China invaded Tibet, enforcing its claim to ownership of the region. The ... read more »

Tibet Today

Protests surrounding the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games brought renewed attention to Tibet, and ... read more »

Free Tibet Movement

The Dalai Lama and advocates of Tibetan political sovereignty maintain that since the 1951 invasion ... read more »

The Future of Tibet

Activists advocate for Tibetan sovereignty, and the Chinese government argues that life for Tibetans has improved since the country’s period of self-rule. Is it possible to reconcile these different perspectives, and will the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people ever return to his homeland? Think tanks, political leaders and activists attempt to predict what’s in store for the future of Tibet.

Top Sites for Tibet’s Future

The Heritage Foundation hosted a discussion on the future of Tibet with a group of Asian scholars from several think tanks. A complete video file of the lecture is available at the Heritage Foundation Web site.

The Office of Tibet in London has a translation of “The Guidelines For Future Tibet’s Polity And Basic Features of Its Constitution,” which was written by the Dalai Lama in 1992.
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