Mongolia’s Response to Increasing U.S.-China-Russia Rivalry in Asia


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When: Jul 29 2020 - 10:00am until Jul 29 2020 - 11:00am
Where: Zoom Webinar

The East-West Center in Washington invites you to the
60 Minutes for the EWC 60th Anniversary Virtual Seminar Series:

Mongolia’s Response to Increasing US-China-Russia Rivalry in Asia


Dr. Alicia Campi
(EWCW Asia Studies Visiting Fellow, 2012)
Vice President, The Mongolia Society &
Adjunct Professor, Reischauer Center,
School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University

H.E. Dr. Otgonbayar Yondon (Discussant)
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of
Mongolia to the United States of America

Dr.  Satu P. Limaye (Moderator)
Vice President, East-West Center &
Director, East West Center in Washington

East-West Center in Washington · Mongolia’s Response to Increasing U.S.-China-Russia Rivalry in Asia

In the last few years, especially during the Trump administration, Mongolia has developed a strategy, in the face of a growing competitive environment Dr. Alicia Campi and H.E. Dr. Otgonbayar Yondonthroughout Eurasia and the Indo-Pacific, to maximize its relations with its only two border neighbors, China and Russia, while still strengthening its ties to the United States. This seminar discussed Mongolia’s trilateralism policies, economic transit zone, and North Korean diplomatic outreach within the context of growing tension among the great powers.

Dr. Campi also wrote on this topic for the East-West Center's Asia Pacific Bulletin series. 

To view the Power Point presentation from this webinar, click here

This year marks the 60th anniversary of the East-West Center and its mission to promote better relations and understanding among the people and nations of the United States, Asia, and the Pacific through cooperative study, research, and dialogue. The East-West Center in Washington (EWCW)’s 60 Minutes for the EWC 60th Anniversary Alumni Seminar Series  highlights the work of EWCW alumni/ae who have participated in our fellowship, publication, dialogue, and conference programs.


Dr. Alicia Campi is a China/Mongolian specialist and commentator on Northeast Asian security and was a US State Department Foreign Service Officer for 14 years who served in Asian posts (Singapore, Taiwan, Japan and Mongolia) and the U.S Mission to the United Nations in New York. Since 2013, she has been a Research Fellow and Adjunct Professor at the Reischauer Center at SAIS/Johns Hopkins University where she teaches on Northeast Asia, and since 2014 has lectured on Mongolia at the US State Department’s Foreign Service Institute. She received her A.B. in East Asian History from Smith College in 1971, obtained an M.A. in East Asian Studies with a concentration in Mongolian Studies from Harvard University in 1973, and spent 2 years in Taiwan at Fu Jen University. In the mid-1980s in Tokyo under Ambassador Mansfield Dr. Campi conducted preliminary negotiations on the establishment of diplomatic relations between the US and Mongolia. Dr. Campi received a PhD in Central Eurasian and Mongolian Studies with a minor in Chinese Studies in 1987 from Indiana University. In July 2004 she was awarded the “Friendship” Medal by Mongolian President N. Bagabandi and in 2011 received the “Polar Star” (Mongolia’s highest medal) for contributions to US-Mongolian bilateral relations from Mongolian President Ts. Elbegdorj. In September 2007 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the National University of Mongolia. She was President of The Mongolia Society for 12 years and now serves as Vice President.  She is the former President of the Asia Politics and History Association (2017-2020). Dr. Campi has published over 120 articles, speeches, and book chapters on contemporary Chinese, Mongolian, Northeast Asian, and Eurasian issues, especially contemporary international relations, energy resource policies, and Eurasian and Korean peninsula affairs, and has been a guest on Chinese programs for Radio Free Asia. She advises Chinese and western financial institutions on Eurasian investment issues, particularly in the mining sector.  Her book on The Impact of China and Russia on U.S.-Mongolian Political Relations in the 20th Century was published in 2009, and her new book on Mongolia’s Foreign Policy--Navigating a Challenging World was published in April 2019.

View H.E. Dr. Otgonbayar Yondon's biography here

Satu Limaye is Vice President of the East-West Center and the Director of the East-West Center in Washington where he created and now directs the Asia Matters for America initiative and is the founding editor of the Asia Pacific Bulletin. He is also a Senior Advisor at CNA Corp (Center for Naval Analyses) and Senior Fellow on Asia History and Policy at the Foreign Policy Institute at Paul H. Nitze School of International Studies (SAIS). He is a graduate of Georgetown University and received his doctorate from Oxford University (Magdalen College) where he was a George C. Marshall Scholar. Recent publications include: “America’s ‘Pacific Principle’ in an Indivisible Pacific Islands Region,” (Asia-Pacific Bulletin); “Despite Stumbles, America’s Engagement with Southeast Runs Deep,” (Global Asia); Raging Waters: China, India, Bangladesh, and Brahmaputra Water Politics (Marine Corps University Press); and Russia’s Peripheral Relevance to US-Indo Pacific Relations (Center for the National Interest).

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