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Science Hopes to Rebound in Post-Cold War Era

Science  22 Jan 1999:
Vol. 283, Issue 5401, pp. 479-480
DOI: 10.1126/science.283.5401.479

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ULAAN BAATAR, MONGOLIA-- A decade ago, this vast, isolated, and rugged country boasted a surprisingly strong research enterprise with 100 research institutes, 3000 researchers, and an annual influx of scientists from other parts of the East Bloc. But in 1991 Russia withdrew hundreds of thousands of its troops, along with generous subsidies for outside university education and research work. So officials in this new democracy are looking West for help in building on modest initiatives in seismology and higher education and leveraging Mongolia's natural assets. But creating those links won't be easy for a country that largely banned Westerners for half a century.

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