More information about Mongolia is available on the Mongolia Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
The United States established diplomatic relations with Mongolia in 1987. Located between Russia and China, Mongolia describes the United States as one of its “third neighbors.” Mongolia adopted democracy in 1990 and has since conducted six presidential and six legislative elections. The United States has sought to assist Mongolia's market-oriented reforms and to expand relations with Mongolia, primarily in the cultural and economic fields. The two countries have signed a cultural accord, a Peace Corps accord, and a consular convention. U.S. and Mongolian legislators participate in exchange programs, in which Mongolian and U.S. participants share information and experiences about democracy and institutional reform. Mongolia deployed troops to Iraq from 2003 through October 2008, and now has approximately 350 troops in Afghanistan supporting Coalition operations. There is increased interest in Mongolia in learning English and in studying in the United States. A government of Mongolia commitment in 2011 to provide up to $600,000 annually for the Fulbright program allowed Mongolians studying in the U.S. under that program to expand to about 16 new students annually.
U.S. Assistance to Mongolia
Mongolia’s economic growth rate is among the highest in the world. Increased income for both the Mongolian government and the private sector, primarily from mining, brings increased opportunities for economic diversification, improvements in education, infrastructure, and social programs. U.S. Government assistance seeks to promote private-sector-led growth and long-term capital investment, as well as other activities to aid the Mongolian government in strengthening the implementation of its laws, creating greater transparency and accountability, and addressing corruption. Training and equipment provided by the U.S. Government support the professionalization of Mongolia’s defense forces and their continued support for United Nations peacekeeping operations. Because of Mongolia’s long and highly porous borders, U.S. assistance also aims to support non-proliferation activities.
The U.S. Agency for International Development program and the Peace Corps both have programs in Mongolia. The United States and Mongolia implemented a Millennium Challenge Compact between September 2008 and September 2013.
Bilateral Economic Relations
Over the past several years, the U.S.-Mongolia trade and economic relationship has been developing steadily. In 2012 U.S. exports to Mongolia increased by 111 percent from $315 million in 2011 to $665 million, an upward trend closely related to the development of Mongolia’s mining sector. Major exports include passenger cars, excavating equipment, trucks and buses, industrial machinery, civilian aircraft and parts, telecommunications equipment, meat and poultry, and some consumer items such as household appliances, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, apparel, music, and films. U.S. imports from Mongolia include steelmaking and ferroalloying materials, sulfur, non-metallic minerals, art and antiques, knit apparel, and jewelry. The United States and Mongolia have signed a Bilateral Trade Relations Agreement, Bilateral Investment Treaty, and Trade and Investment Framework Agreement.
Mongolia's Membership in International Organizations
Mongolia and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, ASEAN Regional Forum, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, and World Trade Organization. Mongolia also is a participating state in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. From 2011 to 2013, Mongolia was the president of the Community of Democracies, a group of democratic nations focused on strengthening democratic institutions globally.
The U.S. Ambassador to Mongolia is Piper Anne Wind Campbell.
Mongolia maintains an embassy in the United States at 2833 M Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20007; tel. (202) 333-7117.
More information about Mongolia is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
Department of State Mongolia Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Mongolia Page
U.S. Embassy: Mongolia
USAID Mongolia Page
History of U.S. Relations with Mongolia
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Millennium Challenge Corporation
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel and Business Information