11th International Mongolian Studies Conference in Washington

Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ The 11th International Mongolian Studies Conference was held on January 27-28 at the Embassy of Mongolia and at the Library of Congress in Washington, DC, USA.

Over 80 Mongolists from the United States, People’s Republic of China, Russian Federation, former U.S. Ambassadors to Mongolia and Mongolians reside in the United States participated in the conference, which coincided with the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the United States.

Moreover, with the very first live broadcasting of the conference on internet, many Mongolians and those who are interested in Mongolian studies worldwide, were able to watch the conference online.

Ambassador of Mongolia to the US, Altangerel Bulgaa stated in his remark that “Not only has the three decades long cooperation broadened in many areas, including politics, commerce, defense, education and culture, but also in mutual support on international arena, which satisfies me”. He also expressed his view that the conference has been playing an essential role in promoting Mongolian rich history, language, culture and traditions throughout the United States as well as deepening the mutual understanding and friendship between the peoples.

The first day of the conference touched on theme "Mongolia and the United States relations”. Presentations on “30 years of United States-Mongolia relations-Trends” by Dr. Alicia Campi, “The Significance of Mongolia’s Third Neighbor Foreign Policy” by Bolor Lkhaajav (University of San Francisco) and “Contributions of Buddhist Monks for the Mongolia-United States Relations” by Mr.Luvsanjamts Davaanyam (Gandantegchilen Monastery) were made at the Embassy of Mongolia.

Then, the conference continued at the Library of Congress where Ambassador Altangerel Bulgaa gave a comprehensive speech on “Mongolia and United States Relations in 30 Years”, while Professor John W.Williams from Principia College delivered the keynote speech on “The First Draft of History Has a Poor Memory: The Dilowa Khutugtu in American Journalism”.

During the second panel of the conference held on January 28, topics such as Mongolian history, archeology, Mongolian community in the United States, philology were discussed.

The Mongolian Cultural Centre, a non-profit organization established in 2007, has been promoting Mongolian language and culture in the United States and developing Mongolian studies through its activities, including the annual Mongolian Studies Conference.