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Mina Pollmann

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

Mina Erika Pollmann is currently a PhD candidate 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 rising powers, power transitions, the role of beliefs in international relations, and Japan’s security and diplomacy.

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.

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
September 26, 2022

What Did Japan’s Kishida Do at the UN General Assembly?

By Mina Pollmann
Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio had a packed schedule on the sidelines on the U.N. General Assembly.

September 07, 2022

NPT Conference Collapse, Military Drills Further Strain Japan-Russia Relations

By Mina Pollmann
Russia’s ongoing war in Ukraine has seriously damaged Russia-Japan relations, and the fallout continues to be felt.
August 05, 2022

Kishida Becomes First Japanese PM to Attend NPT Review Conference

By Mina Pollmann
Kishida's appearance at the review conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons is a sign of his personal interest in nuclear disarmament.

July 07, 2022

Japan’s NATO Outreach Bears Fruit

By Mina Pollmann
Prime Minister Kishida's emphasis on unity with NATO over Russia paid off with recognition of China as a challenge to NATO's interests and security.

June 09, 2022

Japan Looks to Alaska to Shore up Energy Supplies

By Mina Pollmann
The energy-rich U.S. state has attracted increased interest from Japan as Tokyo seeks to reduce imports of Russian oil and gas.

March 25, 2020

With Olympics Pushed Back, Tokyo Braces for Coronavirus Spread

By Mina Pollmann
Japan's capital is preparing hospital beds and mulling the possibility of a lockdown.
March 13, 2020

Japan Takes Additional Measures to Fight Coronavirus Outbreak

By Mina Pollmann
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has declared the spread of the coronavirus as a “state of historic emergency.”

February 26, 2020

At G20 Finance Meeting, Japan Sticks to Optimism Despite Viral Outbreak

By Mina Pollmann
Japan's finance minister and central bank head both downplayed the economic impact from coronavirus.

February 18, 2020

Coronavirus, Middle East Top Japan’s Agenda in Munich

By Mina Pollmann
Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi held a flurry of meetings on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference.

February 12, 2020

Coronavirus: Japan Sends Final Evacuation Flight

By Mina Pollmann
Japan is sending its final evacuation flight to Hubei as it continues to try to stem the spread of the virus.

February 05, 2020

Japan Eyes Free Trade Deal With Post-Brexit Britain

By Mina Pollmann
With the UK officially withdrawn from the EU, both London and Tokyo are eager to sign a bilateral trade deal.
January 30, 2020

Japan Begins Evacuating Citizens From Outbreak-Hit Wuhan

By Mina Pollmann
Japan's government used a charter flight to bring home some of the Japanese citizens caught up in the quarantine zone in China.

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