SOAS University of London

SOAS China Institute

Pacifying Minorities in Xinjiang: Policy Drivers and Implications

Prof. Reza Hasmath (University of Alberta)

Date: 10 July 2019Time: 5:30 PM

Finishes: 10 July 2019Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: SG36

Type of Event: Round Table

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.


In the past few years there has been a documented rise of inter-ethnic violence in Xinjiang. While ethno-cultural repression and ineffective state policies are correctly attributed as culprits behind this reality, using recent statistical data and interview narratives, Prof. Hasmath argues that socio-economic factors is the most crucial element for disaggregating and projecting future sites for ethnic tensions in the region. In his presentation, he will discuss the internal state logic for present-day strategies for managing ethnic minorities (i.e., increased securitisation), and its policy implications viewed from both short-run and long- term perspectives.


Reza Hasmath (Ph.D., Cambridge) is a Professor in Political Science at the University of Alberta. Prior to this appointment he was a faculty member at the Universities of Oxford, Melbourne, and Toronto. His award-winning research is currently supported by various multi-year grant schemes, notably from the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation. He has written widely in a variety of academic journals, and his most recent publications include ‘What Explains the Rise of Majority-Minority Tensions and Conflict in Xinjiang?’ in Central Asian Survey (2019). Professor Hasmath is also a SOAS Alumnus, having taken an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy.

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