Tibet's Cold War: The CIA and the Chushi Gangdrug Resistance, 1956–1974 Journal Article uri icon



  • This article analyzes the Chushi Gangdrug Tibetan resistance as narrated primarily by Tibetan veterans. The article recounts the origins of the Tibetan resistance forces, their relationship with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, their eventual laying down of arms in 1974, and their legacy in the present-day exile community. Analyses of the Tibetan resistance and the guerrilla war must take account of cultural as well as political and historical factors. The war, pitting a voluntary Tibetan guerrilla movement against the Chinese Communist army, had implications well beyond Tibet and China. India, Nepal, and the United States all became involved. In addition to presenting the perspectives of the soldiers alongside those of the relevant states, the article situates its discussion within the latest anthropological literature on international relations and the Cold War.

publication date

  • July 1, 2006

Date in CU Experts

  • November 8, 2013 12:03 PM

Full Author List

  • McGranahan C

author count

  • 1

Other Profiles

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1520-3972

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1531-3298

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 102

end page

  • 130


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