A portion of a taped interview I conducted aired on the CBS Early Show Thursday morning explaining my view of the Chinese government’s priorities in dealing with the unrest in Tibet –

“Obviously, the main concern of the government is maintaining internal stability and control, even if that means, perhaps, what we might call ‘tarnishing’ the Olympics.”

In a recent piece on The National Interest Online, I reflect on an opportunity lost to address concerns of the Tibetan community when the demonstrations were still peaceful and concerns about how the Chinese government’s hard line approach restricts their own ability to re-open negotiations with the Dalai Lama and seek a lasting solution to the Tibet situation.