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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. Her research interests focus on Japan’s security and diplomacy, U.S. foreign policy in East Asia, and international relations in the Asia-Pacific.

She did original 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 by Australian Journal of International Affairs, Georgetown Journal of Asian Affairs, Journal of Asian Security and International Affairs and various think tanks. She is a Pacific Forum-CSIS Young Leader.

Mina 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 received the Dean’s Medal for graduating at the top of her class, as well as the Peter F. Krogh Millennial Award and the Ernst H. Feilchenfeld Award. She was also awarded the Mansfield College Visiting Student Prize from her year abroad at Oxford University.

She is also a recipient of the Walter A. Rosenblith Presidential Graduate Fellowship.

How Japan Reacted to North Korea's Ballistic Missile Overflight of Its Territory
August 31, 2017
How Japan Reacted to North Korea's Ballistic Missile Overflight of Its Territory
Japan enters a new era of North Korean provocations with great unease.
How Japan Reacted to North Korea's Ballistic Missile Overflight of Its Territory
Are Things Looking Up Politically for Abe and the LDP in Japan?
August 29, 2017
Are Things Looking Up Politically for Abe and the LDP in Japan?
A recent gubernatorial election in Ibaraki Prefecture yielded a desirable result for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
Are Things Looking Up Politically for Abe and the LDP in Japan?
What's in Japan's Record 2018 Defense Budget Request?
August 28, 2017
What's in Japan's Record 2018 Defense Budget Request?
Japan's defense spending continues to be driven by concerns about North Korea and Chinese maritime activities.
What's in Japan's Record 2018 Defense Budget Request?
Who Is Taro Kono, Japan's New Foreign Minister?
August 25, 2017
Who Is Taro Kono, Japan's New Foreign Minister?
Japan's new top diplomat inherits a complex portfolio.
Who Is Taro Kono, Japan's New Foreign Minister?
Abe's Political Woes Continue With Moritomo Scandal Arrests
August 02, 2017
Abe's Political Woes Continue With Moritomo Scandal Arrests
A much-needed electoral victory for the LDP comes with arrests in a scandal involving Abe and his wife.
Abe's Political Woes Continue With Moritomo Scandal Arrests
Can a Cabinet Reshuffle Reverse Abe's Downward Spiral?
July 25, 2017
Can a Cabinet Reshuffle Reverse Abe's Downward Spiral?
The LDP takes another electoral hit as approval ratings continue to slide.
Can a Cabinet Reshuffle Reverse Abe's Downward Spiral?
Abe's Nordic Tour and Japan's Arctic Ambitions
July 13, 2017
Abe's Nordic Tour and Japan's Arctic Ambitions
Japan's Nordic diplomacy is falling behind China's outreach to Arctic countries.
Abe's Nordic Tour and Japan's Arctic Ambitions
Abe's LDP Loses Big in Tokyo Metropolitan Elections: Why That Matters
July 07, 2017
Abe's LDP Loses Big in Tokyo Metropolitan Elections: Why That Matters
Governor Yuriko Koike's new Tokyo Citizens First party takes a big majority in Japan's capital.
Abe's LDP Loses Big in Tokyo Metropolitan Elections: Why That Matters
Toshiba's Chip Unit Saga Drags on
June 29, 2017
Toshiba's Chip Unit Saga Drags on
Opposition to the sale from a partner is keeping Toshiba from sealing the deal.
Toshiba's Chip Unit Saga Drags on
Will Japan Join China's Belt and Road Initiative?
June 14, 2017
Will Japan Join China's Belt and Road Initiative?
Shinzo Abe expresses cautious interest, but Japan wants potential concerns addressed first.
Will Japan Join China's Belt and Road Initiative?
Japan Shops Maritime Arms to Southeast Asia
June 13, 2017
Japan Shops Maritime Arms to Southeast Asia
At the Maritime Air Systems and Technologies Asia exhibition, Japan hopes to lure in Southeast Asian buyers.
Japan Shops Maritime Arms to Southeast Asia
Tokyo's Governor Throws in With a New Political Party
June 02, 2017
Tokyo's Governor Throws in With a New Political Party
Yuriko Koike has officially withdrawn from the LDP to head the new Tomin First no Kai.
Tokyo's Governor Throws in With a New Political Party
What Next for Japan-South Korea Relations?
May 29, 2017
What Next for Japan-South Korea Relations?
A reopening (yet again) of the comfort women issue could threaten cooperation on defense issues.
What Next for Japan-South Korea Relations?
The Asian Development Bank Adjusts to the Age of AIIB and Trump
May 11, 2017
The Asian Development Bank Adjusts to the Age of AIIB and Trump
First, China's challenger bank arose. Now, Japan has to deal with lack of U.S. interest in the ADB.
The Asian Development Bank Adjusts to the Age of AIIB and Trump
What's New in Japan-Russia Relations?
May 04, 2017
What's New in Japan-Russia Relations?
A recent summit had little to offer on a thorny territorial dispute, but added North Korea to the agenda.
What's New in Japan-Russia Relations?
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
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