Central Asia Program Series Publications Voices from Central Asia

Finally A New Era in NATO-Mongolia Relations

Voices From Central Asia No. 1, June 2012

By Mendee Jargalsaikhan

The implementation of the first Individual Partnership and Cooperation Program is a noticeable acknowledgement of Mongolia’s sustained commitment toward democratization and international peace and security.

Mongolia’s inclusion in NATO initiatives offers an opportunity for the military and security forces to expedite their transformation toward NATO-standard professionalism, and civilian control.

Mongolia’s experience may offer lessons for Central Asian states, especially in its success in creating a democratic civil-military relationship, civilian control of the military, military professionalism, and determined commitments toward peacekeeping operations.


Mendee Jargalsaikhan served as Mongolia’s Defense Attaché to the United States, Chief of the Foreign Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Defense of Mongolia, and Senior Fellow at the Mongolian Institute for Strategic Studies. He is a graduate student at the Political Science Department of the University of British Columbia (UBC).

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