Ragchaa Baasan was a member of Mongolia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs for over 30 years. After serving several years in India, she became director of the North America and Europe desk in Ulaanbaatar. During that period she became renown as her country’s best simultaneous translator of Mongolian and English. Baasan was appointed First Secretary in the Mongolian Embassy in Washington, D.C. with accreditation to Mexico from 1997-2000. Upon her retirement from government service in 2001, she moved to Indiana University as a Special Researcher for three years in the Department of Central Eurasian Studies. She now is a free-lance consultant in Ulaanbaatar.2009 0-7734-4753-9
Written by two former diplomats, this work is the first in-depth analysis of the political relationship between the United States and Mongolia. The study elucidates why, despite over a hundred years of substantive interactions between the two countries, the establishment of formal diplomatic relations did not occur until 1987.