Subject: Speaker Series - Dr. Baasan Ragchaa, February 11th, 5:30 pm, American Corner- Natsagdorj Library

ACMS Speaker Series
The Impact of China and Russia on United States Mongolian Political Relations in the Twentieth Century
Speaker: Dr. Baasan Ragchaa, Ph.D, Mongolian Diplomat of Honor, 

5:30 PM, Tuesday-February 11th, 2013, American Corner, ULAANBAATAR
Main entrance of Natsagdorj Library.

The United State’s recognition of Mongolia in 1987 is an inseparable part of the bigger issue of Mongolia’s birth as a modern sovereign nation-state in the course of the twentieth century. This story goes back to the first decades of the 20th century when the USA first discovered Mongolia, with its capital of Urga. First Prime Minister of newly born Mongolia, Dogsomiin Bodoo, appealed to the United States for recognition, for Mongolia and the US to establish diplomatic relations.
This fascinating story of early encounters between Mongolia and the United States, that was unknown to Mongolians during the Soviet era is uncovered in the book ”The Impact of China and Russia on United States-Mongolian Political Relations in the Twentieth Century”.

About the Presenter  
A well know expert in Mongolian foreign relations, Dr. Baasan was a member of Mongolia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over 30 years. After serving several years in India, she became director of the North America and Europe desk in Ulaanbaatar.
Baasan was appointed First Secretary in the Mongolian Embassy in Washington, D.C. with accreditation to Mexico from 1997-2000. Upon her retirement from government service in 2001, she moved to Indiana University as a Special Researcher for three years in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. She now is a free-lance consultant in Ulaanbaatar. 
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Thank you to the American Corner and the Natsagdorj Library for sponsoring this event.

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