In 2010 Mongolia celebrated 20 years of democracy. Since abandoning state-socialism and a single governing party, democracy has established itself firmly enough for Mongolia to regard itself as the only post-state-socialist democracy in Asia. With its sixth multi-party election in 2012, this status has become more and more institutionalized. Yet, this democracy continues to develop in parallel to an economy that promises a mining boom that has been just around-the-corner for some years now.
The economic changes that the mere promise of a mining boom are bringing to the country are reverberating throughout social and political relations as well as the economy.
The Memos below have tracked some of the convulsions that contemporary Mongolia is undergoing.
- The Politics of Mining in Mongolia and Burma/Myanmar (Memo #216 by Brandon Miliate)
- State Formation and Contemporary Mongolia (Video with Dr. Robert Bedeski) (Memo #209)
- Mongolia: Gauging Inner Asian Tensions over Railways (Memo #200 by Jargalsaikhan Mendee)
- Mongolia Remains Key To US Strategy in Asia (Memo #173, by Jonathan Berkshire Miller)
- Women Part of a Major Turnover in Mongolian Parliament (Memo #168 by Julian Dierkes and Brandon Miliate)
- Mongolian Election: Bumpy Road, but Heading in the Right Direction (Memo #161 by Julian Dierkes and Jargalsaikhan Mendee)
- Why No Anti-Mining Party in Mongolia? Why No Pro-Mining Movement? (Memo #106 by Julian Dierkes)
- Livelihood Clashes in Inner Mongolia and Mongolia, (Memo #87 by Balaibuyan Byambajav, Julian Dierkes, and Jargalsaikhan Mendee)
- Current Convulsions in Mongolia’s Political Party Landscape (Memo #52 by Julian Dierkes). Mongolian translation available here.
- Broad Gauge versus Narrow Gauge: The Politics of Dimension in Mongolia’s Railroad System (Memo #11 by Jargalsaikhan Mendee)