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Mina Pollmann

Mina Erika Pollmann received her Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, majoring in International Politics with a concentration in Foreign Policy. She also received the Dean’s Medal for graduating at the top of her class, and the Peter F. Krogh Millennial Award and the Ernst H. Feilchenfeld Award.

Her research interests focus on Japan’s security and diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy in East Asia, and international relations in Asia-Pacific. She conducted research on Japan for her Honors thesis, as well as for the Ellsworth Bunker Fellowship with the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy. She also participated in the Georgetown-Japan 2020 Initiative, for which she was awarded the Prize for Best Undergraduate Paper. Her research has been published in Australian Journal of International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs, and by various think tanks. She is a Pacific Forum-CSIS Young Leader.

Follow her on Twitter at @MinaPollmann.

Japan's New Security Laws Could See First Test in South Sudan
October 27, 2016
Japan's New Security Laws Could See First Test in South Sudan
A GSDF unit joining UN peacekeepers in South Sudan could be the first authorized to use force beyond self defense.
Japan's New Security Laws Could See First Test in South Sudan
Duterte's Anti-US Rhetoric Throws Japan for a Loop
October 26, 2016
Duterte's Anti-US Rhetoric Throws Japan for a Loop
Japanese officials must sort out the Philippine president's intentions during his visit to Tokyo.
Duterte's Anti-US Rhetoric Throws Japan for a Loop
Why Japan's Upcoming Polls Matter
October 13, 2016
Why Japan's Upcoming Polls Matter
“It would be appropriate to say the wind of an election has now started blowing.”
Why Japan's Upcoming Polls Matter
More High-Level North Korean Defectors Jump Ship: Media
October 06, 2016
More High-Level North Korean Defectors Jump Ship: Media
Reports say diplomats and even a teenage math genius are seeking to leave North Korea.
More High-Level North Korean Defectors Jump Ship: Media
North Korea Brings Japan and China Closer Together -- For a Moment
September 29, 2016
North Korea Brings Japan and China Closer Together -- For a Moment
Once again, the South China Sea and China's increasing naval presence near Japan are causing frictions.
North Korea Brings Japan and China Closer Together -- For a Moment
For the First Time, Japan's Prime Minister Is Visiting Cuba
September 17, 2016
For the First Time, Japan's Prime Minister Is Visiting Cuba
After the U.S. opening, Japan joins a rush of countries seeking increased ties with Cuba.
For the First Time, Japan's Prime Minister Is Visiting Cuba
South Korean Shipping Giant Files for Bankruptcy
September 08, 2016
South Korean Shipping Giant Files for Bankruptcy
The potential bankruptcy would mark the largest failure in container-shipping history. What happened?
South Korean Shipping Giant Files for Bankruptcy
Japan Seeks More African Support With $30 Billion Pledge
August 31, 2016
Japan Seeks More African Support With $30 Billion Pledge
Tokyo steps up its commitment to the continent at the Tokyo International Conference on African Development.
Japan Seeks More African Support With $30 Billion Pledge
Goodbye Rio, Hello Tokyo: The Outlook for the 2020 Olympics
August 23, 2016
Goodbye Rio, Hello Tokyo: The Outlook for the 2020 Olympics
With four years to go, Tokyo still has hurdles to clear to host the perfect Olympic Games.
Goodbye Rio, Hello Tokyo: The Outlook for the 2020 Olympics
World War II Anniversary Once Again Sparks Controversy in East Asia
August 16, 2016
World War II Anniversary Once Again Sparks Controversy in East Asia
The 71st anniversary of Japan's surrender saw several officials visit Yasukuni Shrine, although PM Abe did not.
World War II Anniversary Once Again Sparks Controversy in East Asia
Japan Election Results: It's the Economy, Abe
July 12, 2016
Japan Election Results: It's the Economy, Abe
After a big victory by the ruling coalition, all eyes turn toward the potential for economic reforms.
Japan Election Results: It's the Economy, Abe
After Dhaka Attack Claims 7 Japanese Lives, Tokyo Steps up Counterterrorism
July 08, 2016
After Dhaka Attack Claims 7 Japanese Lives, Tokyo Steps up Counterterrorism
Japan's response, as usual, will involve foreign aid and assistance, rather than deploying military assets.
After Dhaka Attack Claims 7 Japanese Lives, Tokyo Steps up Counterterrorism
What Does Brexit Mean for Abenomics in Japan?
June 28, 2016
What Does Brexit Mean for Abenomics in Japan?
The economic and political fallout from the UK referendum.
What Does Brexit Mean for Abenomics in Japan?
Experts Imagine an Asia Without the US
June 23, 2016
Experts Imagine an Asia Without the US
At a panel discussion, Asia experts reveal deep-seated fears about U.S. commitment to the region.
Experts Imagine an Asia Without the US
US Navy Bans Alcohol Use for Okinawa Sailors
June 08, 2016
US Navy Bans Alcohol Use for Okinawa Sailors
Sailors are also restricted to base after a series of crimes committed by U.S. personnel on the island.
US Navy Bans Alcohol Use for Okinawa Sailors
Japan Protests Chinese Construction in East China Sea
June 04, 2016
Japan Protests Chinese Construction in East China Sea
Once again, Japan criticizes China's gas projects in an undemarcated maritime area.
Japan Protests Chinese Construction in East China Sea
Beef and Boat People: New Trouble in Australia-Indonesia Relations
May 26, 2016
Beef and Boat People: New Trouble in Australia-Indonesia Relations
A gaffe by an Australian politician ahead of this summer's elections causes blowback from Indonesia.
Beef and Boat People: New Trouble in Australia-Indonesia Relations
US Expands 3rd Fleet's Role in the Western Pacific
May 11, 2016
US Expands 3rd Fleet's Role in the Western Pacific
The California-based half of U.S. Pacific Fleet is gaining new independence.
US Expands 3rd Fleet's Role in the Western Pacific
Taiwan, Japan to Seek Bilateral Talks on Fishing Spat
May 10, 2016
Taiwan, Japan to Seek Bilateral Talks on Fishing Spat
After sending Coast Guard vessels to conduct competing patrols near Okinotori Island, the two sides are ready to talk.
Taiwan, Japan to Seek Bilateral Talks on Fishing Spat
Fearing Encroachment, Japan to Increase Investment on Far-Flung Islands
April 23, 2016
Fearing Encroachment, Japan to Increase Investment on Far-Flung Islands
Japan wants to encourage islanders to stay put -- but is that in their best interests?
Fearing Encroachment, Japan to Increase Investment on Far-Flung Islands
Japan's Achilles Heel: Cybersecurity
April 13, 2016
Japan's Achilles Heel: Cybersecurity
Japan is uniquely underprepared for the cyber challenges of the 21st century.
Japan's Achilles Heel: Cybersecurity
Japan's Nuclear Weapons Conundrum
April 06, 2016
Japan's Nuclear Weapons Conundrum
Even while Japan pushes for a world free of nuclear weapons, it recognizes the importance of a nuclear deterrence.
Japan's Nuclear Weapons Conundrum
Japan: How Energy Security Shapes Foreign Policy
March 16, 2016
Japan: How Energy Security Shapes Foreign Policy
Jane Nakano on Japan's energy policy and its approach to the Middle East, Russia, and the South China Sea.
Japan: How Energy Security Shapes Foreign Policy
Tokyo, Okinawa Avoid Court Battle Over Futenma Base Issue
March 11, 2016
Tokyo, Okinawa Avoid Court Battle Over Futenma Base Issue
In the latest twist in the Futenma relocation saga, Tokyo and Okinawa have shelved their court cases.
Tokyo, Okinawa Avoid Court Battle Over Futenma Base Issue
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