Past eventResearch Event

The Russian-Chinese-Mongolia Border

19 November 2010 - 16:00 to 18:00

Chatham House, London


Professor Caroline Humphrey, Director, MIASU
Dr David Sneath, Fellow, Corpus Christi College Cambridge
Jasper Becker, Author, Mongolia: the Lost Country
Robert Court, Global Head of External Affairs, Rio Tinto



The border between Russia, China and Mongolia is one of the most extensive and complex in the world. This seminar will draw upon the work done by the Mongolia and Inner Asia Studies Unit (MIASU) at Cambridge University and its partners over the past year. This work has focussed on issues of the economy, politics and identity of peoples as they move across borders between each of these countries.

The speakers will discuss some of the topics raised at MIASU's recent academic workshop, focussing on: states and their concepts of the border (Russia, China, and Mongolia); the indigenous peoples of the border region - their networks, movements and mutual influences; informal border economies, poaching and practical border infrastructure; and ideological representations of the border. The roundtable is intended to bring non-academic stakeholders into the discussion, including perspectives from diplomacy, investment, banking, journalism and politics.