China, the War on Terror, and the Mass Internment of Turkic Minorities

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Friday, April 5th, 2019

Friday, April 5, 201912:00PM - 2:00PM208N, North House, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
M5S 3K7
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There is evidence that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has indefinitely and arbitrarily detained as many as 800,000 to 2 million of its Uyghur, Kazakh, and Kyrgyz citizens in mass internment camps where they are subjected to great psychological and physical duress. Coupled with the establishment of a dystopian surveillance state throughout the Uyghur region of China, these camps appear to represent a concerted state-led effort to transform the identity and culture of Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities. This talk will discuss this issue with particular reference to how the present situation has emerged from an intersection of China’s Neo-colonial policies towards its Turkic minorities with the Islamophobic ideologies of the global war on terror.


Larysa Iarovenko


Sean Roberts
Sean R. Roberts is an Associate Professor of the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the International Development Studies program at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

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