Location: The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
The Olympic Torch Relay is scheduled to enter Tibet on June 19,
arriving in Lhasa on June 20. Judging from China's robust
appropriation of the Olympic Torch as a beacon - not of global
sportsmanship but of China's debut as a world power, the Torch
ceremonies in Lhasa are likely to be fraught with political and
Tibetan exiles across the world, increasingly desperate to halt
the "Sinification" of their homeland, see the 2008 Olympic Games in
Beijing as the last chance to shine the spotlight of international
attention on their plight. And Beijing, calculating that they
need do little-to-nothing - except perhaps give the appearance of a
"dialogue" with the Dalai Lama - to respond to Tibetans' and the
broader global community's calls to preserve Tibet's heritage and
culture, is running out the clock.
Will the Torch spark new unrest on the Roof of the
World? What are the real prospects for dialogue once the
Olympics are over? Join Dr. Warren Smith, a Washington expert
on Tibetan politics and history, as he discusses his new book (June
2008) China's Tibet?: Autonomy or Assimilation at The
More About the Speakers
Warren W. Smith, Jr.
Author of China's Tibet?: Autonomy or
John J. Tkacik, Jr.
Senior Research Fellow