Ambassador designate to Mongolia Jonathan Addleton will speak on “US-Mongolia Relations: Looking Forward, Looking Back” at the Mongolia Lecture Series’ inaugural event which will take place Thursday, October 29, from 5-7 p.m. at the Alumni Lounge in the Pyle Center located at 702 Langdon Street. The talk will be followed by the American Center for Mongolian Studies opening event and reception.
The Mongolia Lecture Series aims to promote discourse and sharing of knowledge about Mongolia and the Inner Asian Region and is organized by the Center for East Asian Studies and American Center for Mongolian Studies.
This Mongolia Lecture Series event is co-sponsored by the International Institute; Center for East Asian Studies, Center for Russia, East Europe, and Central Asia; and American Center for Mongolian Studies.
Learn more about the October 29 Presentation and Ambassador designate to Mongolia Jonathan Addleton
Ambassador designate to Mongolia Jonathan Addleton will offer reflections on past encounters with Mongolia during his prior assignment as USAID Mission Director in Ulaanbaatar (2001-2004) — and provide a perspective on future opportunities and challenges that are likely to dominate US-Mongolia relations in the years ahead. Drawing to some extent on recent Senate confirmation hearings, he will focus especially on five areas: development; private investment; democracy and good governance; security; and people-to-people relationships. Scheduled to depart for Ulaanbaatar in mid-November, his participation at the opening of the American Center for Mongolia Studies marks his first appearance at an external event since being confirmed as the next U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia earlier this year.
Mr. Addleton has been a career member of the U.S. Foreign Service since 1984. Previous assignments include service as USAID Representative to the European Union in Belgium; USAID Mission Director in Pakistan, Cambodia, and Mongolia; and USAID Program Officer in Jordan, Kazakhstan, South Africa, and Yemen. During his previous three-year tenure in Mongolia (2001-2004) , he traveled extensively within the country and was involved in a number of USAID-funded programs, including the revitalization of Xaan Bank as well as small business development through the Ger and Gobi initiatives.
Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Addleton worked briefly at the World Bank and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, both in Washington, DC. He has a PhD and MA from Tufts University and a BS from Northwestern University. He has written two books, Some Far and Distant Place (University of Georgia Press) , a memoir of a childhood spent largely in Pakistan; and Undermining the Center (Oxford University Press) , an assessment of the impact of international migration on development. In addition, he has published articles on Asia in a variety of journals, including “Asian Survey,” “Asian Affairs,” “Muslim World,” and the “Foreign Service Journal.”