The United States and Mongolia: A Diplomatic Perspective

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When: Oct 23 2013 - 12:00pm until Oct 23 2013 - 1:30pm
Where: 1819 L St, NW, Washington, DC. Sixth Floor Conference Room
What:

The United States and Mongolia: A Diplomatic Perspective

An Asia-Pacific Security Seminar featuring:

Ambassador Jonathan Addleton

Former United States Ambassador to Mongolia


Former Ambassador Jonathan Addleton discussed his book Mongolia and the United States: A Diplomatic History at the East-West Center in Washington.

While maintaining positive ties with its two powerful neighbors, China and Russia, Mongolia has also sought to strengthen relations with various "third neighbors" such as Japan, South Korea and the United States to help provide balance. For its part, the United States has responded by supporting Mongolia as an emerging democracy while strengthening development and commercial relations. People-to-people and commercial ties have also expanded, as has a security partnership that supports Mongolia's emergence as a provider of military peacekeepers in Afghanistan, Kosovo, Darfur, South Sudan and elsewhere.

Ambassador Jonathan Addleton discussed these and other aspects of the US-Mongolia diplomatic relationship, drawing heavily on his recently published book Mongolia and the United States: A Diplomatic History.  Written to commemorate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, this book provides a pioneering firsthand look at the remarkable growth in ties between two countries separated by vast distances that yet share a growing list of interests and values. Ambassador Addleton combined archival evidence with anecdotes to describe strong and growing ties with this North Asian democracy.


Ambassador Jonathan Addleton served as a US Foreign Service officer in Mongolia twice, first as USAID country director (2001-2004) and then as ambassador (2009-2012). Other assignments include development counselor at the US Mission to the European Union in Brussels, Belgium; senior civilian representative in Kandahar, Afghanistan; USAID mission director in Pakistan and Cambodia; and USAID program officer in Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Africa and Yemen. He has written a number of articles on Asia as well as three books, Mongolia and the United States: A Diplomatic History (Hong Kong University Press, 2013); Some Far and Distant Place (University of Georgia Press, 1997); and Undermining the Center: The Gulf Migration and Pakistan (Oxford University Press, 1992). Born and raised in Pakistan, he has a PhD from Tufts University and a BS from Northwestern University.


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Name: Grace Ruch
Phone: 202-327-9762