Monthly Archives: October 2013

My Governor General’s Medallion

It is a bit embarrassing to toot my own horn in this way, but the Rt Hon David Johnston awarded me a Governor General’s Medallion at the Friends of Canada reception on Oct 26 2013. During the award, the following … Continue reading

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Governor General’s Speech to the Mongolian Parliament

Clearly, a parliament, a democratically-elected parliament no less, deserves much respect as an institution and in its proceedings. How appropriate then, that a visiting Governor General would address the Mongolian parliament. As I was not a part of the official … Continue reading

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Foreign Policy Roundup #9: October 13-27, 2013

The last two weeks of Mongolian foreign policy news are marked with 2 important state visits: The Mongolian PM’s official visit to China; The Canadian Governor-General’s first visit to Ulaanbaatar. See below for the highlights of these visits and more. … Continue reading

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Results of Canadian State Visit to Mongolia

Obviously, state visits have symbolic purposes and motivations, but they are also the occasion for announcements in a bilateral relationship. I tried to guess at what the intentions for the state visit to Mongolia by Governor General David Johnston were … Continue reading

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Canadian State Visit

2013 marks the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Mongolia. Earlier this year, this anniversary was marked by a visit of the chairman of the Ikh Khural, Z Enkhbold, to Canada. Now, it has been announced that the Canadian … Continue reading

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Foreign Policy Roundup #8: September 30-October 13, 2013

Latest foreign policy news from Mongolia, including Mongolia’s continuing bid to join APEC. ————-   From Last Week Mongolia established diplomatic relations with Suriname. L. Bold met with a representative from the UN Office for Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Countries, … Continue reading

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If not an SWF then what?

At the recent World Economic Forum’s “Strategic Dialogue on the Future of Mongolia” I heard a lot of talk about the need for the Mongolian government to shed its direct involvement in the economy, but also the recommendation to rely … Continue reading

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Mongolian Defense Diplomacy

Over the last few months, Mongolia has hosted or taken part in several multi-national military exercises with the aim to develop the Mongolian army’s peacekeeping abilities, as well as a way to leverage military-to-military ties as a tool of diplomacy. … Continue reading

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Solutions to the Current Economic Crisis?

Previously, I have written about economic and political aspects of the challenges currently facing Mongolia. Right now, the economic situation seems a bit like a “wicked problem” or a quagmire, and I see relatively little cause for short-term optimism, but … Continue reading

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Summer 2014 History Events with Mongolia Focus

A 5-week faculty summer institute on “The Mongols and the Eurasian Nexus of Global History” and a conference on “Changing Patterns of Power in Historical and Modern Central and Inner Asia” have been announced recently. While these include a focus … Continue reading

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Study in Canada Education Fair, Oct 27-29, Ulaanbaatar

The Canadian embassy in Ulaanbaatar is hosting its first Canadian Education Fair later this month. Over 20 education institutions from Canada will be represented at the fair, reflecting a commitment to education as a key to success and prosperity of … Continue reading

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