Tuva and Mongolia: At the Nexus of Economics and Culture

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by Matthew Kupfer on 2/9/2015 · 1 comment

I’ve published a new article in the most recent edition of the Russian Analytical Digest on growing economic relations between Mongolia, the Tuva Republic, and other south Siberian border regions. This article builds on an earlier post I wrote for Registan, “Tuva Looks To Mongolia for Investment in a Post-Crimea World,” and provides a fuller picture of growing Mongolian investment in culturally similar “national republics” in Russia. I suggest that Tuva’s active courting of Mongolian investors could serve as a template for other border regions to follow:

A mineral mining boom in Mongolia has made the land of Genghis Khan the fastest growing economy in the world for the past several years, and both Ulaanbaatar and Kyzyl (the Tuvan capital) are now eyeing greater economic and cultural ties. Russia and Mongolia’s decision in September 2014 to cancel the visa regime between their countries for visitors staying no longer than 30 days will only serve to further lower the barriers to Tuvan–Mongolian cooperation.

With Russia facing Western economic sanctions for its role in the Ukraine crisis, the Kremlin is increasingly looking to the East for new partners, most critically in Beijing. But Russia-watchers should not overlook Ulaanbaatar. Mongolia may lack the sheer economic might of China, but cultural commonalities with south Siberia and the poor economic position of the regions directly across the border in Russia can create unique opportunities for investment and cooperation. In this regard, Tuva’s growing ties with its southern neighbor may provide an example for other parts of the south Siberian region.

Feel free to check out the full article in the Russian Analytical Digest.


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Matthew Kupfer is a writer focused on Russia, Ukraine, and Central Asia and a graduate student at Harvard University's Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies. A witness to the 2010 interethnic unrest in southern Kyrgyzstan, he is particularly interested in conflicts and interethnic relations in the former Soviet Union. Matthew's research and writing has covered topics as diverse as the interethnic violence in Kyrgyzstan, women's rights in Central Asia, the history of genocide accusations in the former Soviet Union, and the Ukraine Crisis. His work has been published by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, the Moscow Times, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, EurasiaNet.org, and Muftah.org. Follow him on Twitter at @Matthew_Kupfer.

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Tuva February 16, 2015 at 12:20 pm

TUVAN BROTHERS SHOULD JOIN ITS MONGOLIAN BROTHERS!

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