• The Trajectory of American-Mongolian Relations

    Ambassador Michael S. Klecheski

    Mongolia Connect (via Zoom)

    Friday, 17 June, 2022, 0800 (Ulaanbaatar), 0900 (Tokyo)

    Thursday, 16 June, 2022, 2000/8pm (New York)

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    Mongolia experienced a multitude of challenges in recent years, ranging from natural disasters to COVID-19, to multiple protests, to repercussions caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Serving as the American Ambassador to Mongolia, Ambassador Klecheski has a wealth of firsthand knowledge of Mongolia’s responses to managing these crises. His responsibility to strengthen the strategic partnership manifested in unique and exciting methods that engaged Americans and Mongolians alike. In this upcoming webinar we will discuss how this partnership progressed under his guidance and what we think the trajectory may be for the future. Ambassador Klecheski will provide his perspective on Mongolia-US relations while reflecting on both the challenges and accomplishments of the recent past. He will then take your questions.


    Please send questions for Ambassador Klecheski to nick@ycaps.org by 10 June.


    Please use this link to register via Zoom.
    You will need the link and passcode provided in the confirmation email.


    This event is a part of YCAPS' "Mongolia Connect Series" and is co-sponsored by the American Center for Mongolian Studies (ACMS), Institute for Contemporary Asian Studies (ICAS), and Friends of Mongolia (FOM)


    Guest Biography:

    On August 13, 2018, President Donald Trump announced his intent to nominate Michael S. Klecheski to be the next United States Ambassador to Mongolia. He was confirmed by the United States on January 2, 2019.


    Ambassador Klecheski earned a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts and Master of Philosophy from Columbia University. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission at the United States Embassy in Astana, Kazakhstan from 2013 to 2015 and in other overseas assignments in Russia, Iraq, Switzerland, and Poland.


    Previous positions also included being Team Leader of the Provincial Reconstruction Team in Diwaniyah in Iraq from 2009 to 2010, and the Political Counselor for the U.S. Mission in Geneva, Switzerland in 2007 to 2009. Prior to those positions, from 2006 to 2007 he served as the Director of the National Security Council at The White House. He was also the Political Internal Unit Chief at the U.S. Embassy in Russia from 2003 to 2006 and prior to that, the Deputy Principal Officer at the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia 2000 from 2003. He has also held the following positions: Senior Watch Officer, Operations Center from 1999 to 2000, as Political Officer at the U.S. Embassy Manila, Philippines from 1996 to 1999 and as Political/Economic Officer at the U.S. Consulate Krakow, Poland from 1992 to 1995. Before this, he served as a NATO Desk Officer from 1990 to 1992, and as Member of the Nuclear Risk Reduction Center from 1989 to 1990.


    Webinar Cost: Free of charge.

    Moderator: Nick Millward
    Format: This event will be off-the-record. Questions are encouraged. It will not be recorded. Please send questions for Ambassador Klecheski to nick@ycaps.org by 10 June.

    Registration: Required via this Link.

    Co-sponsor: American Center for Mongolian Studies, Institute for Contemporary Asian Studies, Friends of Mongolia

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