Title

Mongolia Moves Toward Europe

Tuesday, February 09, 2016
Room 210, Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC
Unofficial Transcript: 
Members: 
Name: 
Hon. Joseph Pitts
Title Text: 
Commissioner
Body: 
Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe
Witnesses: 
Name: 
H.E. Khasbazaryn Bekhbat
Title: 
Ambassador
Body: 
Embassy of Mongolia to the U.S.
Name: 
Dr. Terrence Hopmann
Title: 
Professor
Body: 
Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies
Name: 
Mr. John Tkacik
Title: 
President
Body: 
China Business Intelligence
Statement: 

In this briefing, which Commissioner Joseph Pitts (R – PA) moderated, the focus was Mongolia’s desire to seek full membership in the OSCE. Since 2004, Mongolia had been an Asian Partner for Cooperation with the OSCE. By establishing a framework for like-minded countries such as Mongolia, the OSCE has been able to further its mandate, particularly in addressing conflict prevention and security threats, and explore opportunities for a wider sharing of OSCE norms, principles, and commitments.

The rationale for such an effort to make Mongolia a full-fledged member state was its democratic resilience during what had been, at times, a very difficult economic and political transition. Witnesses attending the briefing included H.E. Khasbazaryn Bekhbat, Ambassador of Mongolia to the United States, Johns Hopkins SAIS Professor Terrence Hopmann, and John Tkacik, President of China Business Intelligence.

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