Transitioning: Mongolia in the 1990s

Mongolia, as large as it is, has a relatively small population at just over three million people. To put it in perspective, this is a near equivalent to Puerto Rico in population whereas Mongolia has nearly the size of Alaska, or 2.25 Texas’. For Europeans, Mongolia would be the largest country in Europe, if we choose to exclude Russia, besting Ukraine by nearly 300 km. This large nation is dwarfed between behemoths on either side which have sapped its resources over the centuries although its landscape hasn’t permitted for much growth due to its traditional nomadic culture, delaying the benefits that a sedentary base can bring.