Political Development of Mongolia

In 2010 Mongolia celebrated 20 years of democracy. Since abandoning state-socialism and a single governing party, democracy has established itself firmly enough for Mongolia to regard itself as the only post-state-socialist democracy in Asia. With its sixth multi-party election in 2012, this status has become more and more institutionalized. Yet, this democracy continues to develop in parallel to an economy that promises a mining boom that has been just around-the-corner for some years now.

The economic changes that the mere promise of a mining boom are bringing to the country are reverberating throughout social and political relations as well as the economy.

The Memos below have tracked some of the convulsions that contemporary Mongolia is undergoing.