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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.

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
How Japan and Russia Cooperate in the Arctic
March 10, 2016
How Japan and Russia Cooperate in the Arctic
Japan is counting on Russian help to gain access to the Arctic's energy reserves.
How Japan and Russia Cooperate in the Arctic
Will Taiwan's 'Comfort Women' Get an Apology From Japan?
March 04, 2016
Will Taiwan's 'Comfort Women' Get an Apology From Japan?
After reaching a deal with South Korea over the "comfort women" issue, will Japan ignore Taiwanese victims?
Will Taiwan's 'Comfort Women' Get an Apology From Japan?
3 TEPCO Execs To Face Trial for Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
March 01, 2016
3 TEPCO Execs To Face Trial for Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Nearly five years after the Fukushima meltdown, three executives have been indicted for the disaster.
3 TEPCO Execs To Face Trial for Fukushima Nuclear Disaster
Japan Moves (Slowly) Toward Electoral Reform
February 26, 2016
Japan Moves (Slowly) Toward Electoral Reform
Prime Minister Abe has pushed forward the timetable for reform, but critics say his plan doesn't go far enough.
Japan Moves (Slowly) Toward Electoral Reform
Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
February 26, 2016
Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
By-elections in April will be a testing ground for major opposition parties' election strategy.
Can Japan's Opposition Unite to Dethrone the LDP?
How the US Approached the 2012 Senkaku/Diaoyu Tensions
February 17, 2016
How the US Approached the 2012 Senkaku/Diaoyu Tensions
Released emails between Kurt Campbell and Hillary Clinton speak of "delicate diplomacy" with both China and Japan.
How the US Approached the 2012 Senkaku/Diaoyu Tensions
Australia Due for a Cabinet Shake-up After Scandals, Resignations
February 13, 2016
Australia Due for a Cabinet Shake-up After Scandals, Resignations
Scandals, sackings, and run-of-the-mill retirements mean Malcolm Turnbull will have to fill his Cabinet with new faces.
Australia Due for a Cabinet Shake-up After Scandals, Resignations
Japan Unveils Unilateral Sanctions on North Korea
February 12, 2016
Japan Unveils Unilateral Sanctions on North Korea
Japan is sending a signal, even though its sanctions are likely to have a limited effect at best.
Japan Unveils Unilateral Sanctions on North Korea
What to Make of Japan's New Negative Interest Rate
February 03, 2016
What to Make of Japan's New Negative Interest Rate
The economic (and political) factors behind the Bank of Japan's decision
What to Make of Japan's New Negative Interest Rate
Japan's 'TPP Chief' Resigns Over Corruption Scandal
January 29, 2016
Japan's 'TPP Chief' Resigns Over Corruption Scandal
Economic Revitalization Minister Akira Amari resigns from the Cabinet over a cash-for-favors bribery scandal,
Japan's 'TPP Chief' Resigns Over Corruption Scandal
Supporters of Okinawa Base Relocation Plan Claim a Win in Local Elections
January 26, 2016
Supporters of Okinawa Base Relocation Plan Claim a Win in Local Elections
Tokyo's favored candidate won reelection as Ginowan's mayor, providing a boost for the relocation of a U.S. base.
Supporters of Okinawa Base Relocation Plan Claim a Win in Local Elections
Japan's MSDF Will Help Guard Disputed Islands From Chinese Warships
January 14, 2016
Japan's MSDF Will Help Guard Disputed Islands From Chinese Warships
Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force will now respond when Chinese vessels enter the Senkakus' territorial waters.
Japan's MSDF Will Help Guard Disputed Islands From Chinese Warships
2015: Japan's Year in Review
January 09, 2016
2015: Japan's Year in Review
Looking back at 2015 and ahead to 2016 for Japan and PM Shinzo Abe.
2015: Japan's Year in Review
Japan’s Controversial State Secrets Law: One Year Later
December 09, 2015
Japan’s Controversial State Secrets Law: One Year Later
A year after the state secrets law passed, what impact is it having on freedom in Japan?
Japan’s Controversial State Secrets Law: One Year Later
Amid South China Sea Tensions, Japan Strengthens Ties With Philippines, Vietnam
December 02, 2015
Amid South China Sea Tensions, Japan Strengthens Ties With Philippines, Vietnam
The South China Sea is a large part of Tokyo's calculations, but aid to Manila and Hanoi has a decades-long history.
Amid South China Sea Tensions, Japan Strengthens Ties With Philippines, Vietnam
How Will Australia Choose Its Next Submarine Builder?
November 19, 2015
How Will Australia Choose Its Next Submarine Builder?
As France, Germany, and Japan promote their bids, a look at Australia's wishlist for its next submarine class.
How Will Australia Choose Its Next Submarine Builder?
Can Japan and China Ever Finish Their Maritime Communication Negotiations?
November 12, 2015
Can Japan and China Ever Finish Their Maritime Communication Negotiations?
Japan and China's talks on a maritime communication mechanism have a convoluted history.
Can Japan and China Ever Finish Their Maritime Communication Negotiations?
'Comfort Women' Issue Dominates Rare Japan-Korea Bilateral Talks
November 03, 2015
'Comfort Women' Issue Dominates Rare Japan-Korea Bilateral Talks
South Korea's president wants to reach a final solution by the end of 2015.
'Comfort Women' Issue Dominates Rare Japan-Korea Bilateral Talks
What Did Abe Accomplish in Central Asia?
October 28, 2015
What Did Abe Accomplish in Central Asia?
Shinzo Abe's historic tour of Central Asia is an indication of unprecedented levels of Japanese interest in the region.
What Did Abe Accomplish in Central Asia?
What Next in Japan-Iran Relations?
October 15, 2015
What Next in Japan-Iran Relations?
Worried it is falling behind Europe and China, Japan is eager to boost ties with Iran.
What Next in Japan-Iran Relations?
What the TPP Means for Japan
October 08, 2015
What the TPP Means for Japan
The TPP will bring strategic and economic benefits to Japan, but it has to clear domestic hurdles first.
What the TPP Means for Japan
What Did Japan Accomplish at the UN General Assembly?
October 06, 2015
What Did Japan Accomplish at the UN General Assembly?
Putin, Park, and peacekeeping: recapping Shinzo Abe's busy week in New York.
What Did Japan Accomplish at the UN General Assembly?
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