Uighur Scholar Working Group
More than three million Muslim Uighurs in the Xinjiang region of China, their native land, are believed to be interned in Chinese prisons. The Uighurs still on the outside are living in one of the world’s most pervasive and heavy-handed surveillance states, in which the camps are just one form of containment and punishment. Uighurs live in constant fear of arbitrary detention and can expect swift retribution for any expression of Turkic or Muslim identity.
Considering the above this group of experts, informed about the Uighurs, has been formed to exchange views, consider strategies, create a plan, and commission new research all to expand knowledge on how to best understand and approach this situation. The goal is to inspire and create more innovative solutions to the problems the Uighurs are currently enduring.
USWG is being chaired by Dr Azeem Ibrahim, a Director at the Center for Global Policy in Washington DC with Prof Sean Roberts from George Washington University as the convener.
Founding members of the Uighur Scholar Working Group include :
- Adrian Zenz, Professor at the European School of Culture & Theology, Korntal, Germany.
- Darren Byler, PhD from the University of Washington in 2018.
- Rian Thum, Historian on Islam in China and India.
- Gardner Bovingdon, Professor of Central Eurasian Studies at Indiana University.
- Sean Roberts, Director of the International Development Studies Program at GWU.
- Rachel Harris, Director of Research for the School of Arts at the University of London.
- James Leibold, Associate Professor at La Trobe University.
- David Brophy, a Senior Lecturer in Modern Chinese History.
- Joanne Smith Finley, Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at Newcastle University, U.K.
- James A. Millward, Professor of Inter-societal History at Georgetown University.
- Michael Clarke, internationally recognized expert on the Xinjiang Uighur Region.
- Azeem Ibrahim, Director of Displacement and Migration at the Center for Global Policy.
USWG intends to commission new research to understand the Uighur issue more thoroughly, publish regular newsletters and policy briefs, hold public events and arrange meetings with policy makers in DC and elsewhere.