Why Mongolia is Part of Central Asia, Jan. 26, Washington DC

by Nathan Hamm on 1/15/2006 · 3 comments

[I post this announcement because I would love it if someone would be able to go to it an report on it. I’m quite interested in the topic. I get all kinds of agitated when Mongolia is treated as part of East Asia. — Nathan]

W.P. Carey Forum

Central Asia Caucasus Institute
School of Advanced International Studies
Johns Hopkins University

“Why Mongolia is Part of Central Asia”

Ambassador Ravdan Bold, Ambassador of Mongolia to the United States


Morris Rossabi, Adjunct Professor, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University

Thursday, January 26, 5PM-7PM

1619 Massachusetts Avenue NW, The Rome Auditorium Washington, D.C.

Ambassador Bold came to the United States in early 2003, after six years as Executive Secretary of the National Security Council of Mongolia, where he had the opportunity to consider the full range of Mongolia’s security interests. Before that, he held posts as Adviser to the Office of Parliament, Deputy Director of the Mongolian General Intelligence Agency and Director, Secretary of the Institute for Strategic Studies in Ulaanbaatar. Ambassador Bold began his career, first, in the Ministry of Defense, and then, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including five years in the Embassy of Mongolia in Japan. He studied at the Diplomatic Military School in Moscow and at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. Ambassador Bold is married, with two daughters.

Refreshments will be served at 5pm.

Please RSVP with your name and affiliation to caci2 -at- mail(dot)jhuwash(dot)jhu(dot)edu or call (202) 663-7721.

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upyernoz January 16, 2006 at 8:20 am

couldn’t mongolia be considered to be both part of central asia and east asia? culturally and linguistically they may be connected to central asia, but they also have a linguistic connection to south korea and on the religious front they are more like northeast siberia and east asia

when you look at these things long enough any way you group it breaks down. central asia has a religious and historic connections to the middle east too (not to mention much of central asia’s historic connection to europe via russia). really every place has its own unique combination of history, language, culture, etc. groupings into regions is more just a tool for convenience. none of the groupings should be taken all that seriously.

not that there’s anything wrong with this forum. discussions about what group a country belongs can be illuminating. i just don’t think they’re worth getting agitated about if someone’s model is a little different than yours

Nathan January 16, 2006 at 11:25 am

I’d say that Korea has a linguistic connection to Mongolia, myself. And it’s also worth pointing out that Islam and Buddhism aside (I’d say Mongolia’s religion is arguably Central Asian seeing as it’s Tibetan Buddhism), many of the earlier religious practices that Mongolia shares with Central Asia still manifest themselves in many ways. But most importantly, most of the region shared a fairly similar lifestyle until recently.

redacted March 16, 2006 at 2:33 pm

Why should Mongolia be related to Korea? They broke away from Central Asia to settle in Easta Asia, so in essence, Koreans should be related to Central Asians, not the other way around. It’s like Europeans considering themselves North Americans because they have ties to the land, but that is ludicrous. Mongolia is a Turanian Central Asian land that practiced Tengriism just like all the other Turanian people.

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