Jack Weatherford’s new book, Genghis Khan and the Quest for God, argues that the Great Khan pioneered freedom of religion, influenced the US First Amendment

Jack Weatherford, New York Times bestselling author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World, Indian Givers: How the Indians of the Americas Transformed the World, and The Secret History of the Mongol Queens, has delivered another thought-provoking and lively biography that discusses how Genghis harnessed the power of religion to rule the largest empire the world has ever known:  Genghis Khan and the Quest for God. The book is available through Amazon.com and Amazon.ca and in bookstores [...]

November 30th, 2016|

2016 Investment Climate Statement issued by the US Embassy; link to full text of annual analysis

Prime Minister Erdenebat’s government appears to be addressing many of the issues listed in the US Embassy’s 2016 “Investment Climate Statement,” which was released this past summer after the June elections. As US Ambassador Jennifer Z. Galt stated in remarks on September 22, “The new government has acted quickly both to publicly define problems and to address them.” Ambassador Galt noted that “Government leaders have met with investors and vowed to correct missteps that contributed to Mongolia’s economic decline.”  This [...]

November 30th, 2016|

5.11 Tactical sponsors MMA and marksmanship competitions

NAMBC Member 5.11 Tactical – together with its Mongolian dealer, Brother Merchants LLC – recently sponsored the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) match series between the Mongolian team, “MGL-1,” versus a Japanese team, “DEEP,” at the Mongolian Wrestling Stadium earlier this fall. Each team had seven fighters, including one woman. “MGL-1” was founded in 2009. MMA competitions have become increasingly popular among law enforcement and military personnel throughout Asia. 5.11 also regularly sponsors marksmanship competitions hosted by the Mongolian Practical Shooting [...]

November 30th, 2016|

James Peter Morrow, 1947 – 2016

James Peter ("Pete") Morrow was an international banker who arrived in Ulaanbaatar in 2000 on a temporary assignment to privatize a failing state-owned bank, and ended up staying for the rest of his life, making Mongolia his home, where he became a transformative leader in financial services, regulatory reform, civil society, transparency, education, and the arts. Pete died peacefully at the age of 68 on August 4 in a Seattle hospital, surrounded by his wife and children. Pete is survived [...]

August 8th, 2016|

President Elbegdorj to visit Philadelphia, September 23, speak at UPENN; other opportunities for public participation include luncheon and concert

President Ts. Elbegdorj will visit Philadelphia on Friday, September 23, after participating in the annual meeting of the UN General Assembly and related events in New York City. His visit is at the invitation of the Mayor and City Council of Philadelphia, home of Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution were debated and adopted, and the world-famous Philadelphia Orchestra , which will visit Mongolia for performances and workshops in early June 2017. The President will deliver [...]

August 4th, 2016|

In record-fast 8-day transition, Parliament swiftly elects M. Enkhbold as Chairman, J. Erdenebat as Prime Minister; S. Batbold confirmed as new mayor of UB

Within eight days of the June 29 elections, in the fastest post-election transition in Mongolia’s 26 years of democracy, President Ts. Elbegdorj approved the list of winning MPs, who were promptly sworn in and then proceeded to elect MPP Party Chairman M. Enkhbold as Chairman of the State Great Khural (parliament), and former Finance Minister J. Erdenebat as Prime Minister. Because of the upcoming 11th ASEM Summit in UB, existing cabinet members will continue to serve in an “acting” capacity. [...]

July 13th, 2016|

Mongolian People’s Party wins 85% majority of 76 seats in State Great Khural, 75% majority in Ulaanbaatar City Council, takes 20 of 21 provincial legislatures

In the June 29 parliamentary and aimag (provincial) elections, the Mongolian People's Party (MPP) decisively ousted the ruling Democratic Party (DP) by winning landslide super-majorities in the 76 member unicameral State Great Khural, and majorities in 20 of the 21 aimag legislatures, including the Ulaanbaatar City Khural. The MPP captured 65 of 76 seats in the State Great Khural (SGK), winning an 85% super-majority, the largest party majority since 2000, when the MPP won 72 of 76 seats. Many of [...]

July 4th, 2016|