The Foreign Service Journal - December 2013 - page 47

Mongolia: Many Mountains Still to Climb
country and the Ambassa-
dor’s Fund for Cultural Pres-
ervation has been successful.
In his closing remarks,
before taking questions from
the enthusiastic audience,
Addleton addressed the chal-
lenges Mongolia faces in the
near future. “This has been
a tough year for Mongolia,
for all kinds of reasons, but
I think that no country can
ever reach the mountaintop.
And if it does, there are still
many mountains to climb.”
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dent Joseph R. Biden and
almost every Secretary of
State has visited Mongolia
since 1988 underlines the
importance the U.S. attaches
to maintaining close bilateral
relations between the U.S.
and Mongolia.
Peop l e - t o - Peop l e
Addleton’s book offers
many examples of the
people-to-people aspects
of our relationship with the
country over the past 25
years. He notes that there
are hundreds of Mongolian
students studying in the U.S.,
the Peace Corps has made
a tremendous impact in the
people relationships and
security. Mongolia has part-
nered with the United States
in military peacekeeping mis-
sions in Afghanistan, Kosovo,
Darfur and elsewhere.
Fa s t - Gr ow i ng
“When I first visited Mon-
golia in 2001, it was a billion-
dollar economy, with a $400
million budget. By the time
I left last year, it was a $10
billion economy, with a $4
billion annual budget,” Addle-
ton remarked. He added,
“Per capita income rose from
$400 in 2001, to $4,000 11
years later. It is still tough
for Mongolia, but you’ve got
to give them credit for their
efforts on the business side.”
In fact, Mongolia is one of
the world’s fastest-growing
The fact that President
George W. Bush, Vice Presi-
On Oct. 21, AFSA’s Book
Notes program welcomed
Ambassador Jonathan S.
Addleton, who spoke about
his book,
Mongolia and the
United States, A Diplomatic
. Addleton served as
ambassador to Ulaanbaatar
from 2009 to 2012, and pre-
viously served in Mongolia as
the U.S. Agency for Interna-
tional Development mission
director from 2001 to 2004.
U. S . -Mongo l i an
Re l a t i on s
Amb. Addleton’s book was
first published in 2012, partly
to celebrate the occasion of
the 25th anniversary of the
establishment of U.S.–Mon-
golian relations. He originally
thought the book would only
be published in Mongolian,
but its publication in English
gives many more readers a
comprehensive view of U.S.–
Mongolian history.
During his presentation,
Amb. Addleton made the
point that Mongolia’s foreign
policy relies on a “third neigh-
bor policy, ” concentrating on
good relationships not only
with such powerful neighbors
as China and Russia, but
also with other democracies
around the world.
Ame r i can E f fo r t s
American diplomatic
efforts in Mongolia concen-
trate on five areas: develop-
ment, commerce, democracy
and governance, people-to-
Amb. Jonathan S. Addleton
signs copies of his book after his
presentation at AFSA on Oct. 21.
well as others.
In 1995, in appreciation of
the Clements’ long history
with the Foreign Service, the
company offered funding
to establish an award in the
name of M. Juanita Guess.
This exemplary performance
award is given to a Commu-
nity Liaison Office coordina-
tor. Since then, 21 recipients
have been so honored.
The CLO, a Foreign Service
family member, addresses
quality-of-life issues for the
official American communi-
ties at U.S. embassies and
consulates around the world.
The program, administered
by the department’s Family
Liaison Office, requires the
incumbent to cover eight
areas of responsibility, from
security and education to cri-
sis management and events
Each year, a panel of
judges comprised of AFSA
staff and employees of the
State Department, select the
winner of the Guess Award.
This year, two CLOs were
so honored: Jessica McVay
(Khartoum) and Elizabeth
Jenkins (Caracas).
On June 4, Jon Clements
presented the awards during
AFSA’s annual awards cer-
emony, held in the Benjamin
Franklin Diplomatic Recep-
tion Room in the Department
of State.
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