Chinggis Khaan – 850 Year Legacy 

The Sixth Annual International Mongolian Studies Conference 

Co-Hosted by

The Mongolian Cultural Center


The Embassy of Mongolia

In partnership with 

The Institute for Defense Studies

With contribution from

Dr. Alicia Campi, President of the Mongolia Society

Mongolian-American Cultural Association (Mr. Sanj Altan)

Pyramide Granite LLC (Mr. Delgertsogt Manaljav and Mr. Olziikhuyag)

April 4-5, 2012

The Embassy of Mongolia

2833 M Street NW, Washington, D.C., 20007





Friday, May 4


08:30               Registration & Breakfast

09:00               Opening Remarks

H.E. Khasbazaryn Bekhbat, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Mongolia to the United States of America

Dr. Saruul-Erdene Myagmar, President, the Mongolian Cultural Center

COL Munkh-Ochir Dorjjugder, Director, The Institute for Defense Studies


09:15               Keynote Address

Dr. Alicia J. Campi, President, Mongolia Society

The Image of Chinggis Khaan – The Marketing of a National Symbol          


09:45               Panel One. Political Tradition and Military Strategy? of the Mongol Empire

Moderator: Dr. Paul D. Buell, Gortz Institute, Berlin

Lasha Tchantouridzé (Norwich University)

Tolerance and the International Social Order in the Mongol Empire

Sultan Akimbekov (Center for Political Analysis, Almaty)

Strengthening the Mongol Political Tradition

Myagmarsambuu Galindev (Institute for Defense Studies)

The Tengri Cult as an Imperial Political Ideology


10.45               Panel Two. Global Influence and Impacts of the Mongol Empire          

Moderator: Munkh-Ochir Dorjjugder, Institute for Defense Studies


Batir Xasanov (Tel-Aviv University)

In Search for the Good Light of Chinggis Khaan: The Rise of Importance of Chinggis Khaan Figure and the Neo-Dastanic Discourse in Qazaqstan

Lala Aliyeva (Harvard University)

The Impact of Mongolian Conquest on the ethnic and religious processes in Azerbaijan in the 13th -14th centuries             

Gulnar Kendirbai (Columbia University)

The Russian Institution of Protectorate as the Legacy of the Mongol Political Culture

Michael Polczynski (Georgetown University)

First Mongol Invasion of Piast Poland 1240-1241


12:00               Lunch

Photographic Exhibition, Mongolia’s Story in Images, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Mongolia and MONTSAME News Agency


13:00               Panel Three. Mongol Strategy and Art of War

Moderator: Dr. Morris Rossabi, Columbia University

Paul D. Buell (Horst Gortz Institute, Berlin)

Cinggis qan and Strategy: How Mongols Did So Much with so Little.

Özlem Arzu Azer (Istanbul Universitesi)

Adaptation of Chinggis Khaan’s War Strategy To Business Life in the Competitive World   

Paul Khan (TBC)

Shagdar Khainzan (Institute for Defense Studies)

Strategic Dominance and Tactical Supremacy in Mongol Art of War

Bazarsuren Jamba (Institute for Defense Studies)

13th Century Revolution in Military Affairs: How Weapons Superiority Contributed to Invincibility of  Chinggis Khaan’s Troops


15.00               Panel Four. Modern Perception of Chinggis Khaan’s Legacy

                        Moderator: Dr. Alicia Campi, The Mongolia Society

Paula Sabloff (University of Pennsylvania) (TBC)

Tamir Ch. (National University of Mongolia)

The 1990 Democratic Revolution and Return of Chinggis Khaan: Popular Resistance and National Identity

Boldbaatar Chunt (Mongolian State University of Education) (TBC)


Saturday, May 5


09:00               Panel Five. Linguistic and Literary Heritage of the Mongols

Moderator: Dr. Saruul Erdene Myagmar, Mongolian Cultural Center


Khuslen Soninbayar

On Choiji-Odser’s Translation of Bodhichirya Avatara from Tibetan

Bat-Ireedui Jantsan (National University of Mongolia)

Benedictions and Swear Words in Mongolian: Contrasts and Semantics

Otgontsetseg Damdinsuren

Textbooks and Recommended Literature Used in ROK Universities

Ishaq Mohammadi (Assistant Director Department of Archaeology, Balochistan)

On Some Linguistic and Historic Ties of Mongol and Hazara People.


10.30               Panel Six. Mongol Artistic Expression and Its Impacts

Moderator: William J. Fitshigh, Smithsonian Institution


Altangerel Dagvasambuu

Chinggis Khaan as Portrayed in “Khor Choinjun”: Lamaist Influence on Chinggis Khaan’s Biography      

Jennifer Purtle (University of Toronto)

The Orthography of Yuan Dynasty Paintings: Reading the Visual and Verbal Languages of “Chinese” Paintings in their Sino-Mongol Context         

Zoljargal Nyambuu

Mongolian Dress Influence: Traces of Distant Nomads on Western Fashion

Erdenetsetseg Baatar (National Museum of Mongolia)

Weapons Displayed in the National Museum of Mongolia


12:00               Lunch


Art Exhibition, Artist Tsolmon Damba


13:00               Panel Six. Chinggis Khaan in Historiography

                        Moderator: (TBC)


Gantulga Tsend (Mongolian State University of Education)

Chinggis Khaan and the Uriankhai               

Delgerjargal Purevsuren (National University of Mongolia)

The Encounter of Chinggis Khaan and Tao Scholar Ch’iang-chun

Altanzaya Laikhansuren (Mongolian State University of Education)

History if Ritual Offerings in Commemoration of Chinggis Khaan               

Enkhjargal Damdinsuren (National University of Mongolia)

Is the “Secret History of the Mongols” a Primary Historical Source?


14.45               Open Discussion by Participants

                        Moderators: Saruul-Erdene Myagmar and Munkh-Ochir Dorjjugder

16.00               Wrap-Up and Concluding Remarks

19:00               Reception in Honor of Conference Participants

Hosted by H.E. Khasbazaryn Bekhbat, Ambassador of Mongolia to the United States of America   

Ambassador’s Residence, Potomac, MD

Presentation of the collection of books on the history of Mongol Empire and Chinggis Khaan. 


Sunday, May 6

10.00               Sight-seeing Tour and Informal Party, Great Falls, MD

Hosted by the Mongolian Cultural Center and Sponsors