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Bolor Lkhaajav

Bolor Lkhaajav

Bolor Lkhaajav is a researcher specializing in Mongolia, China, Russia, Japan, East Asia, and the Americas. She holds an M.A. in Asia-Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco.

Bolor Lkhaajav received an M.A. in Asia-Pacific Studies from the University of San Francisco. She is a researcher specializing in Mongolia, China, Russia, Japan, East Asia, and the Americas. Her research work has appeared in a range of publications in multiple languages. Bolor is currently writing a book and is a regular commentator on Mongolian foreign policy and politics. She is also a host at the 77 Nation Podcast based in Washington, DC.
Posts by Bolor Lkhaajav
November 19, 2022

Former President Elbegdorj Tsakhia on Mongolia’s Democracy and Security

By Bolor Lkhaajav
“Democracy is deeply rooted in Mongolia. Yet, our people’s choice is under constant assault.”

October 25, 2022

Northeast Asia’s Changing Security Environment

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Worsening tensions, from North Korea's provocations to the fallout from Russia's Ukraine invasion, underline the failure of existing policy dialogues.
October 08, 2022

Russian Citizens Flooding Into Mongolia to Evade Conscription

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Mongolia is not typically a destination for refugees. Now it is having to figure out a policy response on the fly.

September 29, 2022

Why Mongolia Is Steering Clear of Full Membership in the SCO

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Mongolia was the first observer state in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, and it has been content to remain there even as other countries upgrade to member status.

September 21, 2022

Mongolia, Australia Celebrate 50 Years of Diplomatic Relations

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Australia and Mongolia established ties in 1972, but their relationship began to pick up steam much more recently.

August 24, 2022

China-Financed Hydroelectric Power Plant Faces Popular Opposition in Mongolia

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Critics say the Erdeneburen hydroelectric power plant, which will be Mongolia’s largest, risks devastating crucial wetlands.
August 10, 2022

Interview With Bolor Ganbold, Mongolia’s First Female General

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Bolor Ganbold was once Mongolia's first female cadet; now she is the country's first female general. She speaks about her journey and the role of women in Mongolia's military.

July 15, 2022

How Abe Shinzo Fortified Japan-Mongolia Relations

By Bolor Lkhaajav
The assassination of the former prime minister was a shock to Mongolia, given his immense contributions in bolstering the bilateral relationship.

July 05, 2022

Mongolia’s Military Diplomacy Highlights Female Peacekeepers

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Mongolia hosted a conference dedicated to the role of women in peacekeeping operations.

June 28, 2022

Mongolia Hosts 7th Ulaanbaatar Dialogue on Northeast Asian Security

By Bolor Lkhaajav
After a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19, Mongolia's pre-eminent foreign policy mechanism is back in action.

June 14, 2022

Mongolia’s ‘1 Billion Tree’ Movement

By Bolor Lkhaajav
The policy was launched to much fanfare, but can the participants follow through on their commitments?
May 20, 2022

Can Digital Governance Strengthen Mongolia’s Democratic Institutions?

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Mongolia sees e-government as essential to eliminating red tape and fighting corruption. How are its efforts faring thus far?

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