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Mina Pollmann
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Mina Pollmann

Mina Erika Pollmann is a PhD Student in international relations and security studies at MIT’s Department of Political Science.

Mina Erika Pollmann is currently a PhD student at MIT’s Department of Political Science. She is a recipient of the Walter A. Rosenblith Presidential Graduate Fellowship and the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Her research interests focus on Japan’s security and diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy in East Asia, and international relations in Asia-Pacific.

She 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. 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 was awarded the Prize for Best Undergraduate Paper as a participant in the Georgetown-Japan 2020 Initiative, and the Mansfield College Visiting Student Prize during her year abroad at Oxford University.

Her research has been published in Australian Journal of International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs, and by various think tanks.

Posts by Mina Pollmann
August 28, 2019

Japan’s Disappointing G7 Summit

By Mina Pollmann
The grouping seems less and less inclined to take up concerns related to East Asia, adding to Japan’s disillusionment.

August 20, 2019

On Iran, Japan Faces a Difficult Decision

By Mina Pollmann
Tokyo is pulled in several different directions when considering whether to join a U.S.-led coalition in the Strait of Hormuz.
August 14, 2019

US Tries Its Hand at Shuttle Diplomacy Amid Japan-South Korea Disputes

By Mina Pollmann
Defense Secretary Mark Esper visited Tokyo and Seoul in an attempt to insulate security cooperation from rising tensions.

August 07, 2019

US, Japan Look to Clinch Trade Deal in September

By Mina Pollmann
With China talks stalling, Trump may be more inclined to give Japan concessions to seal in a trade 'win.'

July 29, 2019

What's Driving Japan's Trade Restrictions on South Korea?

By Mina Pollmann
The export controls are a policy of last resort from a frustrated Tokyo.

July 26, 2019

What Japan's Elections Tell Us About a Post-Abe LDP

By Mina Pollmann
The results were an indication of ballot box strength, but Abe's pending Cabinet reshuffle will be equally telling.
July 18, 2019

Japan Prepares for Upper House Elections

By Mina Pollmann
In addition to issues like constitutional reform, social questions like disabled and LGBT rights are also in the spotlight.

July 09, 2019

Japan's Aegis Ashore System Hits a Roadblock: Domestic Politics

By Mina Pollmann
Local opposition, and a poorly handled government explanation, have delayed deployment of the new systems.

August 22, 2018

What to Watch in the Okinawa Governor's Election

By Mina Pollmann
The governor's race will have major ramifications for the long-stalled Futenma relocation project.

August 16, 2018

Japan’s Ground Self-Defense Forces Take to the Waves

By Mina Pollmann
The Amphibious Rapid Deployment Brigade (ARBD) is set up to conduct landing operations to retake Japanese territory.

August 08, 2018

Can the 2020 Olympics Push a Rethink of Japan's Counterterrorism Strategy?

By Mina Pollmann
A new terrorism center suggests that Japan may finally be getting serious about the potential for attacks at home.
August 01, 2018

Can Anyone Unseat Shinzo Abe?

By Mina Pollmann
Despite his scandals, Abe is well-positioned win the LDP's presidential election this fall.

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