The events of 9/11 were a pivotal moment for the Uyghurs living in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in NW China. From that point on, China used the global narrative of combating terrorism as the basic premise for a sustained and aggressive attack on Uyghur populations, with a systemic and brutal campaign of disassembling Uyghur communities and cultural sites in what has been described as a genocide. Dr. Sean R. Roberts’ new book examines China’s Uyghur policies and provides a geopolitical analysis of the Global War on Terror and China’s translation of counterterrorism into a campaign against the Uyghur Muslims.
Dina Dajani is the Dep. Director of Special Initiatives at the Newlines Institute and Co-Chair of the Uyghur Scholars Working Group.
Dr. Sean R. Roberts is an Associate Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and Director of the International Development Studies program at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. Dr. Roberts is a cultural anthropologist with extensive applied experience in international development. He has studied the Uyghur people for 30 years, and this book is the product of long-term research, utilizing interviews and unique sources not previously analyzed in academic works.