Category Archives: Society and Culture

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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Back in Ulaanbaatar Town

Für Mongolei Nostalgiker… 懐かしいねえ After too long an absence, I’m back in Ulaanbaatar. Returning 1-3 times per year over the last eight years has given me time lapse glimpses of rapid developments in Ulaanbaatar. At ULN, I was delighted to … Continue reading

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New Book: Does Everyone Want Democracy? Insights from Mongolia

Does Everyone Want Democracy? Insights from Mongolia by Paula L.W. Sabloff. Left Coast Press 2013. 266 pp., 282 pp. / 6.00 x 9.00 / Apr, 2013, eBook (978-1-61132-719-9), Hardback (978-1-59874-565-8) Do all people desire democracy? For over a century, the … Continue reading

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Mongolian Cashmere on Kickstarter

I recently came across an announcement of the first Mongolia-linked Kickstarter project (at least as far as I’m aware). Kickstarter, of course, is the website that offers entrepreneurs and others an opportunity to crowd-source funding for projects and business ideas. … Continue reading

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Christianity in Mongolia since 1990

Like mining, we witness a religious boom in Mongolia. Like many post-socialist countries where religion experienced state repression, Mongolia has seen the revival and diversity of religion since 1990. The expansion of Buddhism and Shamanism, Mongolian “traditional” religions, has been … Continue reading

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Mongolian Bling

On April 27, the Projecting Change Film Festival screened Mongolian Bling, an award-winning documentary about Mongolian hip hop. Benj Binks, the Australian director of the film, happens to be in town for a couple more days, so I’ve invited him … Continue reading

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Guest Post: Musical Mobility and Continued Dialogues Between City and Countryside in Urtyn duu

Sunmin Yoon’s guest post on Mongolian long-song. Continue reading

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Mongolian Pop Culture: Live from UB

Lauren Knapp recently sent us this description of her project on contemporary Mongolian music: Documentary filmmaker, Lauren Knapp spent most of 2012 living in Ulaanbaatar attending just about every rock concert she could. She was researching and filming her forthcoming … 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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Book: Change in Democratic Mongolia – Social Relations, Health, Mobile Pastoralism, and Mining

A new edited volume of social science research on contemporary Mongolia. Continue reading

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New book: Mapping Mongolia – Situating Mongolia in the World from Geologic Time to the Present

Paula Sabloff has edited a book examining Mongolia’s place in the world. Continue reading

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Election Songs of Parties

Campaign songs of major Mongolian parties. Continue reading

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Mobilizing against Dispossession: Gold Mining and a Local Resistance Movement in Mongolia

The genesis of collective action in the context of local resistance to gold mining activities in Mongolia. Continue reading

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BBC Program on Mongolia at the Olympics

BBC program on Mongolia building up to the London Olympic games. Continue reading

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A Good Day in Mongolia

Today, October 14, 2011, Mongolians are very busy. It is the 17th day of the second month of autumn, an auspicious day in Mongolia’s Buddhist calendar. We call it the day with Baljinnyam and Dashnyam (Buddhist deities) or a double-Nyam … Continue reading

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