Mongolia's Return to Horseback Politics: From Destruction to Diplomacy

Home to the world-famous Genghis Khan, the land-locked and remote Asian nation now employs a more nuanced method of attracting the world spotlight than conquering territories in outer Eurasia.

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Mongolia 2019 Q2 Economic Update

Executive Summary

Mongolia is holding steady with another quarter of powerful growth and a strong future outlook. We watch in anticipation for developments to come.
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Mongolian stock exchange: A booming market of IPOs

As Chinese investments surge into the landlocked country of Mongolia, economic growth enables local companies to enter the stock market, creating lucrative investment opportunities for everyone. 

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Mongolia: A Case Study in the Complexities of Gender Parity

Gender parity is often portrayed as a very "black and white" issue—it either exists or it doesn't. Most societies, however implicitly, tend to be very geared toward males, with the reality of gender parity a mere ghost of what could be. Societal norms reflect this in various facets, such as literacy rates and employment. Mongolia is a unique case study when it comes to analyzing gender parity theory in practice.

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A Ray of Hope: Mongolia's Burgeoning Solar Power Industry

At first glance, the coal rich lands of Mongolia might not seem to be a natural home to a renewables revolution. Yet, despite the country's economic reliance on its vast coal fields, or perhaps because of it, the Government of Mongolia is aggressively pursuing clean energy sources. 

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US-Mongolian Diplomatic Relations Blossom
The recently published Indo-Pacific Strategy Report by the United States signals strengthening US-Mongolian diplomatic ties.

 

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Mongolia and Microfinance: A Means to Grassroots Economic Development

While billion dollar investments into Mongolia steal the spotlight, the country has also been actively pursuing grassroots economic development through microfinance initiatives. As far back as 2005, the country declared a "National Year of Microfinance", which coincided with the United Nation's "Microcredit Year". The country’s transition from a centrally-planned economy to a democratic, free market economic model has brought prosperity, albeit unevenly distributed. Mongolia's commitment to microfinance initiatives demonstrates a recognition of this issue and their recent success bodes well for inclusive economic development.

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Air Pollution in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, and the sustainable solutions Problems
  • During the long harsh winter, air pollution levels in Ulaanbaatar, the world's coldest capital city, are among the highest in the world.
  • The major cause (circa 80%) of air pollution in Ulaanbaatar comes from unprocessed coal burning stoves which are essential to heat traditional ger dwelling homes in the sub-zero temperatures. Other pollution sources include vehicles (10%), power plants (6%), and soil contamination (4%).
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