Category Archives: Civil Society

Guest Post: Five Reasons Why Democracy in Mongolia is Working

By Daniel Schmücking and Adiyasuren J Mongolia is hailed as an ‘oasis of democracy’, as a shining example of democratic development, and as a model for other post-communist countries especially the Central Asian nations to strive to. Although, many challenges such … Continue reading

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My Biggest Question about the Election

By Julian Dierkes Of course, it is interesting to speculate about the likelihood of one candidate or another winning the election. On that front, a week into the campaign, an Enkhbold victory still seems more likely, though a second round … Continue reading

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Benchmarking Corruption

By Julian Dierkes In January, Transparency International released the most recent instalment of its corruption perception index. I’ve already commented that Mongolia’s drop in the CPI rankings was not very meaningful. The more I’ve looked at the CPI over the years, … Continue reading

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Tales of Election Observation

By Julian Dierkes As Mongolia votes today on June 29, I’m feeling a bit left out. I was an election observer in the last four national elections, but am unable to be in Mongolia this time around. Role of Observers … Continue reading

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Election Day

By Julian Dierkes The spectre of the July 1 2008 riots still loom over Mongolian elections. While full explanations never really emerged, it seems that those riots were a combination of some orchestration of protests, the latent potential for protests in … Continue reading

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Berkeley Conference “Deadly Modernity”

By Julian Dierkes The Mongolia Initiative at UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies hosted a conference entitled “Deadly Modernity: The Environmental Crisis Behind Mongolia’s Swift Development” March 10-12, 2016. I don’t think anyone was tweeting from the conference, but … Continue reading

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Learning about Development Policy in Uvs Aimag

I just visited Uvs province in Western Mongolia for the first time and had the chance to meet with stakeholder representatives from government, civil society, small businesses, and the corporate sector to learn about their development policy. Fascinating 1st visit … Continue reading

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FOC Comes to Mongolia

Thanks to support from the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, I was able to participate in the Freedom Online Coalition conference in Ulaanbaatar. Below, I want to highlight some of the discussions and presentations that were of particular relevance … Continue reading

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Outlook: Freedom Online Coalition Conference in Ulaanbaatar

[For my impressions from the Conference, see http://blogs.ubc.ca/mongolia/2015/freedom-online-coalition-mongolia/] Next week (May 4-5) the Mongolian government hosts the annual conference of the Freedom Online Coalition, a club of 26 countries dedicated to the promotion of, er, freedom online. This is yet another … Continue reading

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A Network Approach to NGO Development: Women’s NGOs in Mongolia

This article presents results of a social network survey of women’s NGOs in Mongolia, which was conducted during the spring of 2010. The main objective of the survey was to understand the structural properties of collaborative interactions among women’s NGOs. … Continue reading

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Mongolie : « démocratisation libérale » et luttes pour la justice sociale

My article titled Democratization and the Struggles for Social Justice in Mongolia was translated and published in the “The State of Resistance in the South”: An annual critical overview of social movements in Africa, Asia and Latin America. The volume … Continue reading

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Book Chapter: Finding the Buddha Hidden Below the Sand

Matthew King describes his on-going research on the revival of Buddhism in Mongolia to expand upon his chapter in “Change in Democratic Mongolia”. Continue reading

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Mongolia Jumps to Higher Category in Freedom House Political Rights

Mongolia’s political rights evaluated in top category by Freedom House. Continue reading

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The Citizens’ Hall and Homeland Councils

Just adding a part of my thesis that focuses on the Citizens’ Hall and Homeland Councils.  And, still wondering how political parties’ emerging interests in local politics will impact the most powerful local network, Homeland Councils. The citizens’ halls and the homeland councils provide interesting … Continue reading

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More on Corruption in Mongolia According to Transparency International: Further Comparisons

Mongolia compared to other countries for the Corruption Perception Index in more ways. Continue reading

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