Elliot Sperling was Chair of the Indiana University Department of Central Eurasian Studies. He had been a faculty member in that department’s Tibetan Studies Program since 1987. In addition to his scholarly writing on Tibetan history and Tibet’s historical and contemporary relationship with China, Sperling wrote op-ed pieces about and analysis of Tibet for The New York Times, The Far Eastern Economic Review, and other publications.

Last Updated: July 19, 2017



Are Ethnic Tensions on the Rise in China?

Enze Han, James Palmer & more
On December 31, President Xi Jinping appeared on CCTV and extended his “New Year’s wishes to Chinese of all ethnic groups.” On January 15, Beijing officials detained Ilham Tohti, a leading Uighur economist and subsequently accused him of “separtist...