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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
March 21, 2023

What Does Xi Jinping’s Third Term Mean for China-Mongolia Relations?

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Since Xi assumed office, Mongolia has seen three different president, but the overall trajectory of the relationship has remained stable.

March 16, 2023

Mongolia, US Seek to Advance Economic Ties  

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Mongolia and the United States took big steps forward in 2018 and 2019, but ties have stalled since then amid the pandemic and a downturn in economic engagement.
March 02, 2023

Mongolia and South Korea Emphasize Deeper Economic Ties 

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Prime Minister Oyun-Erdene's visit to Seoul highlighted some future directions of bilateral economic cooperation.

February 24, 2023

Mongolia, UK Celebrate 60th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

By Bolor Lkhaajav
In 1963, Britain became the first Western country to recognize Mongolia.

January 31, 2023

How Mongolia Is Navigating a Changing Security Environment 

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Beyond the external security issues, Mongolia’s internal security environment is shifting as well.

January 18, 2023

Mongolia, China Look to Bolster Economic Activities in the Post-COVID Era

By Bolor Lkhaajav
The end of China's zero COVID policies will allow Ulaanbaatar and Beijing to accelerate the pledges made during President Khurelsukh’s November visit to China.
December 24, 2022

India to Finance Mongolia’s Greenfield Oil Refinery Plant

By Bolor Lkhaajav
The deal is a triumph for Mongolia's third-neighbor diplomacy, and will bolster its efforts to reduce energy dependencies as well.

December 14, 2022

Interview With France’s Ambassador to Mongolia, Sebastien Surun

By Bolor Lkhaajav
Amb. Surun on France-Mongolia bilateral relations and his personal views on regional security issues involving Mongolia’s neighbors. 

December 12, 2022

Anti-Corruption Protests Pressure the Government of Mongolia 

By Bolor Lkhaajav and Bolorerdene Bazarsuren
Protesters have been demanding an end to the "coal mafia" in ongoing demonstrations since December 5.

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.

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