New Books in Asian Studies: The War on the Uyghurs with author Sean R. Roberts

The War on the Uyghurs book cover by Sean R. Roberts

The fifth edition of the Sigur Center's latest research series, New Books in Asian Studies, focuses on China's internal campaign against a Muslim minority.

The Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the M.A. in International Development Studies Program (IDS) at the Elliott School of International Affairs bring you this webinar with IDS Director and Sigur affiliated faculty member, Sean R. Roberts, and moderator Eric T. Schluessel, Assistant Professor of modern Chinese history. Roberts' first book, The War on the Uyghurs: China's Internal Campaign against a Muslim Minority (Princeton University Press, September 2020), is a gripping and moving account of the humanitarian catastrophe that China does not want you to know about. The War on the Uyghurs draws on Roberts’ own in-depth interviews with the Uyghurs, enabling their voices to be heard.

Within weeks of the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington, the Chinese government warned that it faced a serious terrorist threat from its Uyghur ethnic minority, who are largely Muslim. In this explosive book, Sean Roberts reveals how China has been using the US-led global war on terror as international cover for its increasingly brutal suppression of the Uyghurs, and how the war’s targeting of an undefined enemy has emboldened states around the globe to persecute ethnic minorities and severely repress domestic opposition in the name of combatting terrorism. Of the eleven million Uyghurs living in China today, more than one million are now being held in so-called reeducation camps, victims of what has become the largest program of mass detention and surveillance in the world. Roberts argues that the reframing of Uyghur domestic dissent as international terrorism provided justification and inspiration for a systematic campaign to erase Uyghur identity, and that a nominal Uyghur militant threat only emerged after more than a decade of Chinese suppression in the name of counterterrorism—which has served to justify further state repression.

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