Mongolia. Perspectives for the market of nuclear raw materials and technologies

 
PIIS032150750012800-2-1
DOI10.31857/S032150750012800-2
Publication type Article
Status Published
Authors
Occupation: Associate Professor of the Department of Foreign Languages of Technical Faculties, Associate Professor of the Department of World Economy, International Relations and Law
Affiliation: Novosibirsk State University of Economics and Management
Address: Russian Federation, Novosibirsk
Occupation: history teacher
Affiliation: Plekhanov Russian University of Economics (Ulaanbaatar branch)
Address: Mongolia
Journal nameAsia and Africa Today
EditionIssue 12
Pages58-63
Abstract

The article is dealt with scrutinising the nuclear raw materials and technologies market in Mongolia at the present time. The paper analyses the involvement of various external actors in the Mongolian uranium market. The work is based on world-systems theory and organised countrywide. The literature review is based on Russian, Mongolian and other sources. Major documents in the sphere of nuclear non-proliferation (such as the country’s international treaties in the sphere, agreements with IAEA, national legislation, etc.) are also taken into account. The main part is devoted to the contemporary state of affairs in Mongolian energy sector. The following subsections deal with the activities of European Union (specifically France), Canada, Russia, China and India. In the conclusion, an attempt is made to provide a short-term prediction as to the related developments.

 

 

The only stage of the nuclear fuel cycle relevant for Mongolia in the present is front-end, namely extraction of uranium ore. The authors draw the inference that so-called “resource nationalism” presenting an important feature of Mongolian energy policy plays a crucial part in defining Ulaanbaatar’s energy policy. Both internal and external factors impede further collaboration between Mongolia and other players on the global nuclear market. According to the world-systems analysts, Mongolia remains in the periphery of the global system, and its resources might be attractive for the “core” countries. Overcoming such obstacles on the basis of mutual cooperation will make it easier for the companies and countries to come to an agreement and establish a win-win situation both for Mongolia and other states.

KeywordsMongolia, nuclear raw materials market, nuclear technologies
Received15.10.2020
Publication date09.12.2020
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