Examine international relations, natural resource management, nomadic traditions, and economic growth from Mongolia’s unique vantage point.
The program looks at the interplay between foreign engagement, economic development, and natural resource utilization in the context of Mongolia, a nation facing rapid economic and environmental change. Students scrutinize the multitude of ways in which mining, conservation of pasturelands, grazing rights, and other resource management issues are shaping public and private life. For one to two weeks, students live alongside nomadic herding communities and experience some of the most pristine natural environments in the world.
Major topics of study include:
Diplomatic engagement with major global economies including the US and regional relations with China, Russia, and North Korea
Rapid urbanization and the rise of urban consumption in the context of a dramatic influx of foreign direct investment (FDI)
The search for a balance between environmental conservation and natural resource development
Cultural shifts among Mongolia’s pastoral population