The Mongolian Observer (TMO) is a private, independent English language magazine. Launched in December 2014 with its pilot edition, TMO has been covering a broad range of topics concerning the politics, economy, arts and culture, customs and traditions, and history of Mongolia and the Mongolians. It also carried interviews and features about interesting political, economic, arts and cultural personalities of the country besides the news making headlines. TMO’s special coverage of the news making headlines is covered under The main stories… It tells you what news is making headlines, how has this news been perceived through comments and remarks by a broad gamut of interested politicians, journalists, commentators and individuals, and TMO asks What next… what is going to happen next to the news making the headline. The TMO relies on its external partners such as academics, analysts, researchers, journalists and even expats living and working in Mongolia to contribute their stories and features, throwing light on a particular issue from a different perspective.
TMO also has its Facebook address: https://www.facebook.com/themongolianobserver/ which you can visit and leave your comments, where we regularly update the editions of TMO with latest jpg images from the pages of that particular edition. The launch of TMO’s website has taken sometime, for which we seek our apologies. You can now subscribe on-line to TMO by visiting our website, from where you can also browse, free, through our previous editions of TMO to date.
Last but not the least, the TMO editorial team wishes to thank all our subscribers and readers for your continued support and encouragement to us, which as kept us going despite all the challenges.
We are proud to be the first to launch a wholly English-language magazine covering almost all aspects of life and society in Mongolia, in other words, you can unlock Mongolia through The Mongolian Observer.
We look forward to your continued support and rest assured, we shall try out level best to provide you with an analytical, in-depth coverage of the main stories happening in Mongolia today.
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The editorial staff, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
TMO Editorial Advisory Board Members
Enkhbold is presently a Member of Parliament, elected in 2016. He was first elected to the Parliament in 2000 and this is his 4th term as Member of Parliament. In 2006-2007 N. Enkhbold served as the Foreign Affairs Minister of Mongolia, and in 2007-2008 he served as a Cabinet Member, Minister of Mongolia and Chief Cabinet Secretary. He served as Deputy Speaker of Parliament in 2008-2012 and also as the Chairman of the Mongolian People’s Party Caucus in the Parliament. He is currently the Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on State Affairs. N. Enkhbold has been on the TMO Editorial Advisory Board since the foundation of The Mongolian Observer in December 2014.
Amarjargal has been on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Mongolian Observer since its establishment in December 2014. Amarjargal is one of the prominent politicians from the Democratic Party. From 1999-2000 he served as the Prime Minister of Mongolia, and in 1998 under the Cabinet of Ts. Elbegdorj (who is currently the country’s President, and whose second term is ending in June this year), R. Amarjargal served as the country’s Foreign Minister for a brief period of time after the Elbegdorj Cabinet resigned. He was first elected to the Parliament in 1996 and since he was elected three more times to the Parliament in 2004, 2008, and 2012, and in the 2016 election he voluntarily withdrew his name from running for the Parliamentary elections to give his female colleague in the party to run for the race. R. Amarjargal has a foundation which is named after him, founded in 2000, a non-governmental organization with a goal to promote the progress and development of Mongolia.
Enkhsaikhan, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia, is one of the seasoned diplomats of Mongolia. He got his education in Cairo, Egypt majoring in political science, and majored in international law in Moscow, Russia. He is an international lawyer by profession. He has served as Mongolia’s Ambassadors to the United Nations and Austria, he has been foreign policy adviser to the President of Mongolia, the country’s Foreign Minister, and Secretary of the National Security Council of Mongolia and presently serves as the CEO of a non-governmental organization called Blue Banner, which has played an important role in promoting and reinforcing Mongolia’s non-nuclear status.
A veteran Mongolian journalist B. Pürevdash has served in executive posts in many media organizations of the country during the socialist period and after the democratic transformations in 1990. He has served as the Executive Secretary of a daily Ardyn Erkh (People’s Right) one of the popular dailies before 1990. Pürevdash has also worked as the Director General of the national news agency MONTSAME, and as an advisor to the daily Ündesnii Shuudan (National Post). He has been on the Editorial Advisory Board of The Mongolian Observer since December 2014.
A popular cartoonist and art designer S. Tsgotbayar is one of the few active political cartoonists in the country. He has served as Graphic Art teacher at the Art College of Ulaanbaatar (1984-1985) and in 2002 he launched his own humor magazine called Tonshuul (Woodpecker), of which he is the Chief Editor. He is presently a freelance cartoonist and is a well-known activist promoting young budding artists and cartoonists. He is an active contributor to The Mongolian Observer and has been on its Editorial Advisory Board since its inception.
N. Batnasan is professor at the Business School, National University of Mongolia. Prior to joining the university, he worked as a foreign trade manager, general manager and CEO of “Mongolian Trade” corporation at the Ministry of Trade and Industry of Mongolia. Batnasan currently serves as a Member of Customs Tariff Commission under the Government of Mongolia. He holds an MA in international economics and received his Ph.D. in Business Administration from the National University of Mongolia in 2000. 2007-2008 he did post- doctoral fellowship at the Department of Economics, Sogang University, South Korea. He has worked as a part time advisor to Parliament Standing Committee, worked as Academic Secretary of the Academic Council, National University of Mongolia and Academic Secretary of School of Economic Studies, National University of Mongolia, chaired the department and joint international MBA program.
Pema GYALPO is one of the two international Editorial Advisory Board members of The Mongolian Observer. Prof. P. Gyalpo is a Tibetan, born in Nyarong, Kham (fled to India in 1959) and presently lives in Tokyo, Japan. Since 2013 he has been serving as Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Royal Government of Bhutan. He has earlier served as professor and director of departments at during many years with the Gifu Women’s University, in Gifu and Toin University of Yokohama in Japan. He is presently serving as a counsellor on the Board of the International Friendship Exchange Council (FEC), a non-profit international exchange organization of Japan, which was established in May 1983. Pema Gyalpo is a recipient of the Order of Polar Star, a state award of Mongolia for his contribution to promoting Mongolia-Japan relations.
Another prominent international member of TMO’s Editorial Advisory Board is Jayadeva Ranade, who is the President of the ‘Center for China Analysis and Strategy’. He is a former Additional Secretary in the Cabinet Secretariat, Government of India and was a Member of the National Security Advisory Board (NSAB). He has specialized for over 30 years in the analysis of developments in, and relating to, China and East Asia, and strategic analysis of issues relating to defense, national security and the economy. In the course of his 35-year career, Mr. Jayadeva Ranade has been posted in Indian Diplomatic Missions located in areas strategically important for India viz. in Hong Kong (First Secretary); Beijing (Counsellor); Mauritius (Counsellor); and Washington (USA), (Minister). He became TMO’s Editorial Advisory Board in September 2016.