(Comparing its intended, and the perceived purposes based on the case of khoome)
By Enkhrel Enkhtsetseg.
Graduate Student at Yonsei University, Graduate School of International Studies
Researcher member of The Mongolian Institute for Geopolitical Studies.
As the world takes a shape more globalized and homogenous, cultural diversity that exists in it is facing a danger of extinction. Foreseeing this threat, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO hereafter) adopted the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (the Convention hereafter) in 2003 in a bid to expand its efforts which previously was confined only within the scope of “tangible”, and “natural” heritage. Continue Reading
By Bolor Lkhaajav (Institute of Geopolitical Studies of Mongolia)
April 15, 2018
The political apparatus is quickly changing in East Asia. There is a number of existing and emerging political and security issues, all carry geopolitical implications that marks a broad spectrum of changes. Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, the international arbitration between the Philippines and China in 2016, North Korea’s ongoing nuclear crisis, and lastly, Russia’s expelling of British diplomats followed by 27 other nations (including the US, Germany, Netherlands, Hungary, Georgia, and Montenegro and more) all a sign of a stranded relationships, that may neglect Russia in the East Asia, leaning more towards China, Mongolia, and other Russia-friendly countries. While there are some existing narratives on this prognosis, it is an important perspective that foreign policy decision makers and experts must pay attention to. By carefully looking at the past and developing events, one can speculate that there is an emergence of a new Eastern bloc, that is modernized and geopolitically driven, maneuvered by Russia and China’s political, economic, and security interests. Continue Reading
By Bolor Lkhaajav (Analyst of the Mongolian Institute for Geopolitical Studies)
April 3, 2018
Mongolia is a country with an abundance of natural resources. Its land-locked geographical position imposes some economic challenges but it helps Mongolia to distance itself from other regional security issues. Neighboring two politically, economically, and militarily powerful nations Russia and China- Mongolia’s economy is prone to any political and economic changes of these countries. As extractive institutions such as Rio Tinto, Centerra Gold, China Shenhua, and many other pursue Mongolia as a large market, good governance, short and long-term economic strategies are fundamental to build a strong Mongolia. Most importantly, Mongolia has all the tools to strengthen its economic outlook by looking at good-governance models and developmental model from regional and global actors. Hence, to build a stronger Mongolia, this research will address investment-led growth model’s opportunities and challenges. The research will also look at China as an example for solving an investment-led growth issues. Continue Reading
By Jargalsaikhan, Ph.D candidate in Political Science at the University of British Columbia.
Julian Dierkes (The Diplomat March 10, 2018)
In his recent article “8 Questions the Trump Administration Must Answer Before the Summit With Kim Jong-un,” The Diplomat’s Ankit Panda included the location of the meeting. “Trump should not be willing to sweeten the already-sweet concession of a summit by traveling to North Korean soil to see Kim Jong-un.” The most likely solution to that challenge is Panmunjom, as Panda notes, but should the Trump administration look elsewhere, Mongolia’s capital of Ulaanbaatar emerges as the obvious choice for a meeting location. Continue Reading
Mendee Jargalsaikhan, Ph.D candidate in Political Science at the University of British Columbia.
If one describes the bargaining game between Mongolia, a small and isolated resource-rich state, and Rio Tinto, a giant multinational corporation, through the Mongolian national pastime sport – wrestling, it is truly an unequal match between the дархан аварга (invincible titan) and залуу бөх (unknown young wrestler). Unlike the young wrestler with one or two supporters, the invincible titan knows the game and even has the power and prestige to influence the game. However, when the invincible titan acts that way, he starts losing his fans and weakening the very spirit of the game – fairness. At the same time, such arrogant behaviour emboldens many young and junior wrestlers for fearless competition. Continue Reading