What to Call a Trump-Kim Summit?

By Julian Dierkes

Yes, an actual meeting between Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump still seems somewhat unlikely, and the chance that it would happen in Ulaanbaatar is even smaller. But if it did happen … there are some plans to be made! After thinking about logistics, here are some not-so-serious suggestions.

The Brand

What would we call the meeting?

  • Steppe Summit
  • Grassland Summit
  • UB Summit
  • 22UB Summit (get it, 2 to Ulaanbaatar?)
  • Ger/Yurt Summit
  • Tuul Summit (as in the Tuul River, but also the two participants…)
  • Chinggis Summit
  • Khaan Summit
  • Kharkhorin Summit

No clear winner in this list yet. For now, I’ve started using #SteppeSummit on Twitter.

Most likely, the world and its journalists will come up with something cringe-y like the many variants of Minegolia and Moncoalia we’ve heard over the past decade. Surely, Chinggis Khaan will feature prominently in reporting. In the end, as condescending toward Mongolia as some of those puns and labels are, there’s probably little to be done about them.

Please leave more suggestions in the Comments!

Any Marco-Polo-inspired suggestions, John Fusco?

The Tag Line

And, the meeting would need some kind of slogan…

  • Come wrestle the Mongolian president and world peace!
  • Come talk among the (greyish) clouds
  • If Chinggis could have nine places of worship in his capital, we can handle two nutty leaders!
  • When a double-deel just isn’t enough.

Activities, Photo Ops, Program for Accompanying Spouses

Some ideas:

Obviously, Trump and Kim would both have to try their hands at archery and be photographed doing so.

Also quite obviously, Pres. Battulga would not miss the opportunity to take the leaders to “his” giant Chinggis Khaan statue.

For accompanying first ladies – if any – cashmere would probably be the obvious choice, but horses could be an alternative.

For the state dinner, everyone seems to assume that a common like for burgers will win the day, but I enjoy the kimchi khushuur that have been popping up, but I’m not sure that Donald Trump can handle that kind of fire. Airag would obviously be the drink of choice.

About Julian Dierkes

Julian Dierkes is a sociologist by training (PhD Princeton Univ) and a Mongolist by choice and passion since around 2005. He teaches in the Master of Public Policy and Global Affairs at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. He toots @jdierkes@sciences.social and tweets @jdierkes
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