Fall 2013 Newsletter

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Volume XIV Issue II

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Ambassador Addleton Book Launch

Friends of Mongolia cordially invites you to a reception to celebrate publication of Mongolia and the United States: A Diplomatic History by Jonathan S. Addleton. The book is the 52nd volume in the ADST-DACOR Diplomats and Diplomacy Series.

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“Long before they had diplomatic relations, Mongolia and the Unit- ed States influenced one another in unusual and unrecognized ways. Now Jonathan Addleton’s inside look at the diplomatic rela- tions between the two countries carries lessons for anyone wish- ing to learn from the past as a guide to future relations between the great powers of Asia and America.

– Jack Weatherford, author of Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World


Mongolia and the United States provides a pioneering first-hand look at the remarkable growth in ties between two countries that share a growing list of interests and values, even though they are separated by vast distances. The author, Ambassador Jonathan S. Addleton, participated in a number of these developments, first as USAID country director (2001–04) and later as U.S. Ambassador (2009–12). In 2012, he was awarded the Polar Star, Mongolia’s highest civilian honor conferred on foreign citizens, for his role in strengthening ties between the United States and Mongolia. The narrative provides personal insights and is based on material that would otherwise be unavailable.

The event will be hosted in conjunction with Columbia University Press, DACOR (an organization of foreign affairs professionals), and the Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training (ADST), and will take place at the historic DACOR Beacon House in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:30 pm.

RSVP (acceptances only) to DACOR at 202-682-0500 x15 or prog.coor@dacorbacon.org . FOM members will receive a $5 discount when ordering the book with the form found on the FOM website.

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“Mongol Naadam” in Lorton, VA

[column size=”1-2″ last=”0″ style=”1″]On July 13, 2013 the Washington, DC Area Mongolian Community Association (WAMCA), in coopera- tion with the Mongolian Cultural Center (Mongol Soyeliin Tov) host- ed their annual “Mongol Naadam” sports extravaganza at Occoquan Regional Park in Lorton, VA. Naadam is a traditional Mongolian summer festival that showcases Mongolian Wrestling, Archery, and a horse-race of roughly 25 km for children up to age 12-13. Of course, the annual event hosted by WAMCA modifies this to meet the constraints inherent in hosting such an event in a public park in the United States.

Naadam tends to occur around the hottest, muggiest time of the year for northern Virginia, however, as with their notable ancestors, the DC-area Mongolians are unstop- pable – and Naadam 2013 was awesome! Mongolians turned out in great numbers, with over 200 people throughout the day. Many setting up large tents along the perimeter of the field on which most of the performances and competitions took place.[/column]

[column size=”1-2″ last=”1″ style=”1″]The event began with the singing of the Mongolian National anthem, followed by a parade of singers, dancers, and wrestlers who would be participating in the day’s events. This was followed by a full schedule of traditional Mongolian music, including songs performed by Bolormaa Jugdersuren, and traditional dances performed by the dance instructors and students of the Mongolian School of the National Capital Area – including Delgermaa Batchuluun and U. Tsolmon.

After the music section of the event, there were various running and athletic activities for the children. Then came the day’s main event – the wrestling competition (“bokh” in Mongolian). Wrestlers usually come to the DC area from all over the country to compete in the Naadam wrestling competition and this year was no exception. There is no time limit for matches and no weight classes in Mongoli- an wrestling. Whether the match lasted thirty seconds or thirty minutes, the competition was fierce. Congratulations to all the winners!! This year’s DC area Naadam was a great event, and fun for all who attended.[/column] [divider top=”1″]