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Mina Pollmann

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.

How Japan's Security Reformers Undermine Their Own Cause
July 17, 2018
How Japan's Security Reformers Undermine Their Own Cause
The Japanese public is not against security reform, per se -- but is against the illiberal agenda of many would-be reformers.
How Japan's Security Reformers Undermine Their Own Cause
With North Korea Thaw, Japan Downgrades Missile Alert Level
July 11, 2018
With North Korea Thaw, Japan Downgrades Missile Alert Level
The announcement contrasts with long-term moves to increase Japan's missile defense capabilities.
With North Korea Thaw, Japan Downgrades Missile Alert Level
After North Korea, Pompeo Visits Japan to Meet With US Allies
July 09, 2018
After North Korea, Pompeo Visits Japan to Meet With US Allies
The abductee issues continues to complicate Japan's approach to North Korea.
After North Korea, Pompeo Visits Japan to Meet With US Allies
Japan Has an Iran Decision to Make
June 29, 2018
Japan Has an Iran Decision to Make
Japan will have to choose how to respond to U.S. demands to cut off Iranian oil imports.
Japan Has an Iran Decision to Make
Osaka Earthquake: Another Political Test for Abe
June 19, 2018
Osaka Earthquake: Another Political Test for Abe
Japan's second-largest metropolitan area experiences its strongest quake since the 1920s.
Osaka Earthquake: Another Political Test for Abe
What the G7 Fiasco Means for Japan
June 12, 2018
What the G7 Fiasco Means for Japan
Japan's goals -- maintaining the U.S.-Japan alliance and upholding the liberal international order -- have never been more at odds.
What the G7 Fiasco Means for Japan
Japan and the Shangri-La Dialogue
June 06, 2018
Japan and the Shangri-La Dialogue
Japan saw support for its position on maritime issues, but North Korea remains a source of concern.
Japan and the Shangri-La Dialogue
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
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