Editor’s note: This commentary piece is written by former U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia Jonathan Addleton. The author’s views are his own and don’t necessarily represent those of the Global Atlanta staff. Washington is increasingly seen as a toxic place, providing few opportunities for politicians on opposite sides of the aisle to talk and work with each other. Even Read more
Now that President Donald Trump has rolled the dice and accepted an invitation to meet North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong Un by May, a suitable venue needs to be found. Already, the BBC has proposed at least five possible locations: North Korea or the United States (not likely); South Korea or China (possible); or a “neutral” location on the high Read more
Though he’s no longer in the thick of the relationship, former U.S. Ambassador Jonathan Addleton has literally written the book on diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Mongolia since 1987. “Mongolia and the United States: A Diplomatic History” was published in May, nearly a year after Dr. Addleton was transferred to a new position in Afghanistan following a second three-year stint working for the U.S. foreign service in Mongolia. He Read more
Often portrayed as a ruthless barbarian, Genghis Khan and his descendants established the largest land empire in history but also spread more practical innovations like pants, post offices and passports.
Since China‘s famous Soong sisters attended Wesleyan College in the early 1900s, the Macon women’s school has always had strong links to Asia. It has also hosted students from Russia, but it wasn’t until a native son was posted as ambassador to Mongolia that it began recruitment in the cold, sparsely populated country sandwiched between the two great powers. This fall the first two Mongolian students began classes Read more
Habitat for Humanity volunteers are still wiping the dust from their hands after the July 2-7 Blue Sky Build project, which brought 20 new homes to families in Mongolia.
“We are most thankful for the passion of our volunteers and the commitment of our sponsors in making the Blue Sky Build a success,” said Charles Jolliffe, director of Habitat for Humanity Mongolia, in a news release.
Editor’s note: GlobalAtlanta traveled to Mongolia last year. This story is part of a special report on the country, the second to be featured in our Emerging Market series. Given Georgia‘s massive trade relationship with China, Mongolia‘s southern neighbor, the state’s commercial relationship with the land of horses and herders seems particularly insignificant. Mongolia makes very little, and even Read more
Editor’s note: GlobalAtlanta traveled to Mongolia last year. This story is part of a special report on the country, the second to be featured in our Emerging Market series. When Mongolia moved to a free-market economy in the early 1990s, it was a revolutionary shift. For about seven decades, the country employed (endured?) the economic policies of the Soviet Union, Read more
Mongolia is on a mineral-fueled dash to modernity, but GlobalAtlanta‘s Trevor Williams took the laid-back route to the quickly changing country.
He encountered camels and customs officials on the 30-hour train journey from Beijing to the Mongolian capital, Ulaanbaatar. Along the way, colorful characters revealed cultural insight into a land that’s misunderstood but growing less exotic by the day.
Editor’s note: GlobalAtlanta traveled to Mongolia last year. This story is part of a special report on the country, the second to be featured in our Emerging Market series. It’s been six years since he left Atlanta, but Greg Goldhawk still faithfully contributes to WABE, the local public radio affiliate. He must really believe in the mission, since the Canadian diplomat is now posted Read more