Category Archives: Security Apparatus

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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Failed States Index

The Fund for Peace released its 2013 Failed States Index (FSI) earlier in July 2013 and I’ve included the ranking in our Mongolia Scorecard. Methodology The Failed States Index aims to identify ” pressures [that] are pushing a state towards the brink of … Continue reading

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Presidential Q&A

The general view in Ulaanbaatar was that Bat-Erdene was trailing Elbegdorj significantly in voter support in some part because of his lack of political experience, and profile and the fact that he doesn’t “look presidential”. This latter judgement is not … Continue reading

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Presidential Election as Test of DP Dominance

The upcoming presidential election will be the first occasion for the DP’s claims to stand for clean government to be tested in an election campaign since the party’s predecessor dominated the 1996-2000 parliament. This will be the first election that … Continue reading

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Book Chapter: Discovering Peacekeeping as a New Mission: Mongolia

Mendee Jargalsaikhan introduces a book chapter on Mongolian peacekeeping missions that he has written with Dr. Thomas Bruneau for the “Routledge Handbook of Civil-Military Relations”. Continue reading

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NATO and Mongolia

The NATO is finally changing its behaviour towards Mongolia by recognizing its success in democracy and contribution to the peacekeeping operations. Just adding a recent piece on Mongolia and NATO cooperation

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Survival of New Defense Minister and Other Issues of Controling the Security Forces

One of the youngest cabinet members, J. Enkhbayar, has survived a “no-confidence” vote in parliament on March 9, 2012 after filling the Defense Minister’s seat in the post-Coalition government.  At a quick glance, it could be easily interpreted as an … Continue reading

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