In the year of I was born, my country had successfully transitioned from communism to democracy without a single drop of blood despite its landlocked location between Russia and China, two enormous illiberal countries. Mongolia’s newly gained independence and sovereignty from the collapsed Soviet Union, however, was not without external threats by its neighbors. I vividly recall the time when my father bought me a globe-shaped pencil sharpener, which was made in China, and that showed every country except Mongolia. The fact that my country wasn’t included on the globe sparked in me a sense of patriotic duty to let the world know that this little country, my country, existed. To that end, I’ve chosen to pursue graduate studies in international relations and aspire to become a foreign policy maker who can negotiate with the great powers to defend my country’s democracy amid complex regional and international systems.
With an ambition to help local municipality, I joined the public service at Southgobi province’s Governor’s office in 2013 as a foriegn affairs officer , where I realized that in the countryside has a lack of high educated young generations and especially women specialists Mongolia as a small nation can further ensure its independence by playing an active role in Northeast Asia affairs, a region in constant fear of the emergence of wars. Despite the potential to become the most prosperous region in the world and with the presence of economic and technological powerhouses – China, Japan and South Korea – Northeast Asia is suffering from vexing security challenges stemming from territorial disputes, historical tensions, and the nuclear program of DPRK (People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)). By convening officials and scholars from the hostile countries of the region, including the two Koreas for international security conferences in Ulaanbaatar capital city in 2015, as well as doing research on dialogue for conflict resolution, I was encouraged that I too can contribute to stability in Northeast Asia, which would be beneficial not only to the states, but also to the people of the region. In the future, I hope to become a special representative for my country in charge of Northeast Asian dialogue and diplomacy. Though no such position exists within the Mongolian government, in this role, I will aim to help build trust amongst the involved parties and work to mitigate conflict through official and informal dialogue as a third-party mediator while leveraging Mongolia’s position in the region as a neutral actor who enjoys friendly relations with all neighboring states. Since UCSD has organized official dialogues in Northeast Asia since the early 1990’s and its IR program complements my professional interests perfectly, I believe a GPS education will prepare me with the knowledge and skills required for successful conflict resolution, international dialogue and bargaining.