Feb. 19 (The New Republic/by Ellen Bork): The Dalai Lama’s democracy-building effort is not nearly as well-known as his moral and religious teachings. The democratization of Tibetan authority has proceeded—and relatively smoothly—over the past several decades.
The Dalai Lama has said that future generations will regard the creation of Tibetan democracy as one of the greatest achievements of his exile. Whether that project succeeds, however, depends in part on whether the US, so often a key partner in international democratic transitions, brings its Tibet policy into line with its democratic ideals.
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Note: The writer is director of democracy and human rights at the Foreign Policy Initiative, writes frequently about U.S. policy toward Tibet and China.