World Policy Journal editor David A. Andelman has returned from his five-week reporting trip that took him to Russia, Mongolia, and China. From the ghosts of Russia's communist past to the growing use of social media in China, Andelman documented a variety of challenges and advances facing these nations.
A Tattoo, Not Taps, at the Kremlin
Andelman's first dispatch from his trip finds him in Moscow, where though Communist statues have been removed, ghosts of the past still linger.
Driving to Distraction
Andelman's second dispatch finds him in Irkutsk, on the shores of the world's oldest and deepest lake, where Japanese cars are all the rage.
Through the Looking Glass
In Andelman's third dispatch, he travels from Irkutsk, Siberia to Ulaanbaatar on the Trans-Mongolian Railway.
A View From the Square
As boutiques like Louis Vuitton and Ermenegildo Zegna pop up in Ulaanbaatar's Sukhbaatar Square and Buddhist monasteries make a resurgence, Andelman explores the growing economic and religious freedoms in Mongolia in his fourth dispatch.
Across the Mongolian Steppes
In his fifth dispatch, Andelman heads to Hinti Province, one of the most remote areas of the world, where the determination of the Mongolian people is on display as they prepare their herds, and themselves, for the harsh winter ahead.
A New Mongolia Rises on the Steppes
In his sixth dispatch, Andelman visits a new mining town which has emerged in the Gobi desert. The country sees the promise of development in its untapped coal resources.
Gers in the Big City
In Ulaanbaatar, Andelman meets with Zaya, a Mongolian herder who moved to the capital looking for a better life. Five years later, she still lives in a tent slum with no running water.
In his eighth dispatch, Andelman travels through the Gobi desert, leaving the country of Mongolia for the very different Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region in China.
All That Glitters…
In Inner Mongolia, Andelman discovers an autonomous region where Islam and new shopping malls seem to coexist peacefully. But under the surface resentment could be building as Han Chinese settlers accumulate great wealth.
Dancing on Knife’s Edge
In his final dispatch from Beijing, Andelman reports on the new challenges facing the media in China. Thanks to the social media new opportunities are emerging.
David A. Andelman, editor of World Policy Journal, has just from his five-week expedition that took him through Russia, Siberia, Mongolia, and China.
[Photos by David A. Andelman]