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ACMS Members and Fellows Profiles

The ACMS has a wide diversity of members and fellows who are conducting work on a variety of projects in many different fields of study. These profiles will give everyone a chance to see what their colleagues and fellow members are accomplishing.

Speaker Series - Tsogtbaatar Byambaa

The adoption of Health Impact Assessments in the Mongolian mining sector: A case study of the diffusion of policy innovation

November 25th, 2014 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: American Corner, Ulaanbaatar Public Library

Tel: 976 7711-0486

Mongolia’s rapid economic growth, propelled by rapid development of the extractives sector requires that the country be better prepared for potential negative impacts to the health of the people and the country. With the support of an SFU-based team of researchers and policy advocates, Mongolia is thus in the process of adopting Health Impact Assessments (HIA), a policy innovation tool that has potential to inform the decision making process through assessing underlying health problems and generating evidence-based recommendations.

However, the values, principles, methods and deliverables of HIA are not easily understood in capacity-limited Low and Middle Income Country (LMIC) settings, including Mongolia, which makes full adoption and proper use of HIA a difficult process to achieve. The overall goal of the research was to evaluate the uptake and adoption rate of the HIA concepts, tools and methods in the emerging Mongolian mining sector.   In this presentation some of the initial findings of this research will be discussed and recommendations presented. 


Mongolian Premiere "The Tsaatan -Revival of a Forgotten Culture and Language" Documentary and Gala

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December 2nd , 2014 - Starting 5:30 PM

Location: Mongolian National History Museum

Tel: 976 7711-0486


Fearing the demise of the Tuvan (Tsaatan in Mongolia) culture, one Tsaatan woman, Oyunbadam, is seeking to reverse the trend.  She obtained a grant from Santis Productions so that she could achieve her first year’s ambitions.  The President of Mongolia  issued a proclamation of support.  The Ministries of Education and of Culture, Sports and Tourism also have rallied in support, as have the Tsaatan people themselves. This film records the first year of that effort.

 The film reports on the steadfast determination of a few remaining Tuvan personalities in Mongolia to prevent their culture and language from dying altogether. Their perseverance resulted in a  pilot project amidst the Tsaatan people to have a summer school program teaching the Tuva language and customs to the children of the area.  The efforts were greeted enthusiastically, and were recorded on this film.  They also attracted the attention of the President of Mongolia, who issued a proclamation in support of these efforts.

To Celebrate the Mongolian Premiere of this film, the ACMS is holding a Gala event at the National History museum of Mongolia on December 2nd starting at 6 pm.  Included in the evening events will be a lecture on the Tuvan people, screening of the documentary with a reception following. 

Space is limited, seats may be reserved by contacting Baigalmaa at 7711-0486 or emailing 


ACMS Closed November 24-25, 2014 for Thanksgiving and Ghengis Khan Birthday Holidays

Please be advised the ACMS will be closed for the American Thanksgiving and Mongolian Ghengis Khan birthday national holidays.  The Center will re-open for regular operations on Monday December 1st.


Marc Tasse
Resident Director


ACMS celebrates it's 10th anniversary

On May 21, 2014 the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS) celebrated the 10th anniversary of the opening of its Ulaanbaatar representative office with a reception and office grand opening event. The Mongolian Minister of Culture. Tourism and Sport, Oyungerel, offered congratulations to the ACMS for its many years of support for academic research in Mongolia, and its efforts to promote academic exchanges between Mongolia and international countries. US Ambassador to Mongolia Piper Wind Campbell offered her support for the ACMS, and noted that the US Government and US Embassy work closely with the ACMS to support academic research and exchanges between the United States and Mongolia. Representatives of several other countries, including Canada and Australia were also present to offer their congratulations.  ACMS Executive Director Dr. Charles Krusekopf noted, “The ACMS plays a key role in building knowledge about Mongolia in the world, and in bringing the world of knowledge to Mongolia.”  Dr. Krusekopf highlighted that the future of Mongolian Studies is bright, and interest in academic research in Mongolia has been growing in recent years.


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On the Move One Last Time

In true nomadic tradition, the ACMS has relocated several times during the last 10 years.  Through our partnership with local Universities, the ACMS has been located in  the National University Mongolia and the Mongolian University of Science and Technology.  Recently we have been in our temporary location at the Center 34 building. Just as Mongolia is becoming more urban and settled, the ACMS is now moving one more time to what will be our long term home. 

 Through the generous support of the Natsagdorj Ulaanbaatar Public Library, we will be located on the main floor, northeast corner of the Library, accessible by the East Entrance.  This new, larger space will house the ACMS admin office, library and resource center and GIS lab.  It will also be the home for the Books for Asia Program delivered in partnership with the Asia Foundation.

Starting on November 19th, the ACMS will be operating exclusively from the new location.  Come by and visit by following the link to the  new ACMS.

New ACMS Link

ACMS Office - Natsagdorj Library East Entrance

New Telephone Numbers:

ACMS:     976 7711 0486

Books for Asia:   976 7710 0486