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
Analyst of the Mongolian Institute for Geopolitical Studies.
Research Intern at the Ricci Institute, M.A. in Asia-Pacific Studies University of San Francisco; Contributing Writer at The Diplomat.
In our 21st century’s political environment, the rise and fall of a nation or a policy shift affect other countries regionally and globally. The rise of People’s Republic of China (PRC) and its political, economic, and military influence has become apparent regionally and internationally. Experts in the field of security studies have focused on the PRC’s economic and military development and how it affects Japan, South Korea, and other regional actors geopolitically.
Mongolia’s land-based military has faced many modernizing challenges and opportunities throughout history. The ancient Mongol army, like other great armies, whether the Greeks, Romans, or Ottomans, had its strengths and weaknesses, its historical glories and bruises. When discussing the modernization of Mongolia’s military today, a number of historical aspects remain crucial in shaping military principles, core values, and social influences. These historical aspects link to the fundamental changes, progress, and sometimes regressions of Mongolian military affairs and military diplomacy. Continue Reading