The decision by the government of Mongolia to allow Rio Tinto and Ivanhoe Mines Ltd to develop the Oyu Tolgoi mine has caused civil unrest in the country because of a number of claimed legal irregularities in the agreement (not least the lack of a full Environmental Impact Assessment and a detailed water study). The Government proved it is possible to suspend mining licenses, after it did just that to Canadian junior miner Khan Resources. Meanwhile Mongolia is being touted as the ‘Kuwait of Central Asia’. That may refer to the supposed rush to exploit natural resources, or it could be a comparison of their relative governments.