Communism to Democracy: Lessons from Mongolia on the Eve of the Election Campaign
Recorded on May 30, 2003
The Heritage Foundation's Lehrman Auditorium
As the 20th Century closed, dramatic changes from authoritarian
regimes to democratic governments were witnessed around the world.
A striking example of such a transformation took place in Mongolia.
As leader of the National Counseling Committee of the Mongolian
National Democratic Party, Elbegdorj Tsakhia was instrumental in
developing the coalition that led to the defeat of the People's
Revolutionary Party - a ruling power for 75 years. A new
Constitution guaranteeing human rights, democracy and a free market
economy was ratified. Crucial steps were taken to solve pressing
political, economic, structural and social issues and to firmly
continue an open door foreign policy. It is indeed a compelling
saga of uniting and leading a movement that brought freedom and
liberty to a proud people who call a million square miles in the
heart of Eurasia home.
Please join us on Friday, May 30, 2003 at 10:00 a.m. as we explore
these breathtaking political changes and the outlook for Mongolia's
future. We are honored to host former Prime Minister Elbegdorj as
he prepares to return to Mongolia to participate in the Fall
campaign leading up to the June 2004 elections.