CWIHP and its Mongolian and international partners plan to hold a workshop on "Mongolia and the Cold War" in Ulaanbaatar in March 2004. The workshop, the first of its kind designed to explore and promote access to the Mongolian archives, to provide a forum for discussion of Mongolia's role in the Cold War based on newly available archival evidence and to allow for the establishment of closer links between Mongolian and foreign scholars and archival experts. Discussion will touch on Mongolian foreign policy during the Cold War;
declassification issues and practices in Mongolia, US and elsewhere; and consideration of future cooperation, activities, collaborative research and publications. The meeting will be hosted by a group of Mongolian Cold War scholars established in partnership with CWIHP in early 2003 and follows a spate of recent revelations from the Mongolian archives. (See March 2003 news announcement and CWIHP Working Paper No 42, by Sergey Radchenko, accessible on the CWIHP website (; and the conference website at http://serrad. mongoliaworkshop.shtm.

Tentative program:

Mongolia and the Cold War
International Workshop, Ulaanbaatar, March 19-20, 2004

Co-sponsored by the Cold War International History Project (CWIHP), the George Washington Cold War Group (GWU), the National Security Archive, and the Parallel History Project (Zurich).

Thursday, March 18. Foreign participants arrive.

Friday, March 19. Chinggis Khaan Hotel (Ulaanbaatar), Meeting Hall.

9:30 - 10:00 Welcome and introduction.

10:00 - 12:00 Panel 1: Mongolia and its neighbours. Chair: Munkh-Ochir K. Khirghis.
Ts. Batbayar, "Chinese-Mongolian relations in the Cold War context"
Sergey Radchenko, "Lin Biao affair: Mongolian evidence"
K. Demberel, "Looking East: Mongolia's Special Relationship with North Korea"

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch. Chinggis Khaan Hotel.

13:45 - 15:45 Panel 2: Mongolia's and its neighbours. Chair: Odd Arne Westad.
Yvette Chin, "Mongol-American relations"
Munkh-Ochir D. Khirghis, "Defying the Soviet line on Iran: Mongolia-Iranian rapprochement in the 1970s"
Badamdash D. Marhy, "Chinese workers and Mongolia's economic difficulties"

16:00 - 18:00 Panel 3: Mongolia's internal politics and the Cold War. Chair: D. Ulzibaatar
J. Boldbaatar, "Mongolian party politics: an insider's view"
Ts. Lookhuuz, "Our moves against Tsedenbal: 1956-1964"
Christopher Kaplonski, "Democratic revolution in Mongolia: how it happened"
J. Tugsjargal, "Soviet-Mongolian Relations during the Cold War: Materials from high-level meetings"

Saturday, March 20. Chinggis Khaan Hotel, Meeting Hall.

10:00 - 12:00 Panel 1: International co-operation on Cold War research. Chair: Ts. Batbayar.
Malcolm Byrne
Jim Hershberg
Vojtech Mastny
Christian Ostermann
Odd Arne Westad

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch. Chinggis Khaan Hotel.

13:45 - 15:45 Panel 2: Declassification and archives. Chair: Jim Hershberg
D. Ulzibaatar, "Mongolian archives: how declassification is coming along"
T. Nergui, "Foreign Ministry Archives of Mongolia: problems and opportunities"
Malcolm Byrne, "Cold War Research Using the U.S. Freedom of Information Act"

16:00 - 18:00 Panel 3: Roundtable discussion. Chair: David Wolff

19:00 Dinner, Irish House.

Monday, March 22. Foreign participants

For further information, contact Sergey Radchenko at or CWIHP at