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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.

The Trouble With Japan's Defense Exports
October 02, 2015
The Trouble With Japan's Defense Exports
Opening Japan's defense industry to the international market is a significant step, but it won't happen overnight.
The Trouble With Japan's Defense Exports
Japan’s Coming Cabinet Reshuffle
September 18, 2015
Japan’s Coming Cabinet Reshuffle
Abe’s new Cabinet will signal his priorities for Japan after winning reelection as LDP president.
Japan’s Coming Cabinet Reshuffle
Japan's Role in the Refugee Crisis
September 11, 2015
Japan's Role in the Refugee Crisis
Japan has been quick to donate money, but slow to welcome refugees.
Japan's Role in the Refugee Crisis
Japan's Abe Is in for a Successful September, But at a Cost
September 03, 2015
Japan's Abe Is in for a Successful September, But at a Cost
Abe will see his security legislation passed, but will need to boost Japan's economy to win back support.
Japan's Abe Is in for a Successful September, But at a Cost
Interview: Australian Senator Nick Xenophon
August 27, 2015
Interview: Australian Senator Nick Xenophon
The Diplomat speaks with Sen. Xenophon about Australia's submarine deal.
Interview: Australian Senator Nick Xenophon
What Abe's WW2 Anniversary Statement Says About Japanese Identity
August 20, 2015
What Abe's WW2 Anniversary Statement Says About Japanese Identity
The language in Abe's statement reflects a mainstream consensus on modern Japanese identity.
What Abe's WW2 Anniversary Statement Says About Japanese Identity
Atomic Remembrance and Japan's Security Reform Debate
August 08, 2015
Atomic Remembrance and Japan's Security Reform Debate
The 70th anniversary of the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a focal point for opponents of defense reform.
Atomic Remembrance and Japan's Security Reform Debate
NSA Spying on Japan: The Fallout
August 03, 2015
NSA Spying on Japan: The Fallout
WikiLeaks revelations about U.S. espionage against Japan could jeopardize Abe's security reforms.
NSA Spying on Japan: The Fallout
Can Japan Win Australia's Submarine Contract?
July 28, 2015
Can Japan Win Australia's Submarine Contract?
Domestic factors will play just as much of a role as actual technology when it comes time to select the winning bid.
Can Japan Win Australia's Submarine Contract?
The Troubled Japan-South Korea Relationship
July 27, 2015
The Troubled Japan-South Korea Relationship
The Diplomat talks with Brad Glosserman and Scott A. Snyder about Japan-Korea relations.
The Troubled Japan-South Korea Relationship
Japan's Xenophobia Problem
July 24, 2015
Japan's Xenophobia Problem
Despite recent efforts, hate speech and racial discrimination continues to plague Japan.
Japan's Xenophobia Problem
How Does Japan's LDP Plan to Pass Security Reform?
July 10, 2015
How Does Japan's LDP Plan to Pass Security Reform?
With the 60-day rule, the Diet juggles technicalities and the LDP presses forward its bill reinterpreting Article 9.
How Does Japan's LDP Plan to Pass Security Reform?
Is Japan's LDP Beginning to Get Serious About Reigning In Public Debt?
July 07, 2015
Is Japan's LDP Beginning to Get Serious About Reigning In Public Debt?
For Abe, security reforms and TPP-related legislation may trump the annual budget.
Is Japan's LDP Beginning to Get Serious About Reigning In Public Debt?
Japan’s South China Sea Strategy
July 01, 2015
Japan’s South China Sea Strategy
Tokyo doesn’t have a claim to the sea, but it certainly cares about what happens there.
Japan’s South China Sea Strategy
Japan and China: 'Intimate Rivals'
June 15, 2015
Japan and China: 'Intimate Rivals'
An interview with Sheila Smith, author of Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China.
Japan and China: 'Intimate Rivals'
Japan's Nuclear Diplomacy
May 07, 2015
Japan's Nuclear Diplomacy
At the NPT review conference, Japanese politicians and citizens push for a nuclear-weapons-free world.
Japan's Nuclear Diplomacy
The Domestic Hurdles for Japan's Defense Reforms
May 06, 2015
The Domestic Hurdles for Japan's Defense Reforms
With Abe's U.S. visit over, the next task is getting the domestic security reforms he promised while in Washington.
The Domestic Hurdles for Japan's Defense Reforms
Japan's Local Elections: LDP Victories Marred By Record-Low Turnout
May 02, 2015
Japan's Local Elections: LDP Victories Marred By Record-Low Turnout
The elections were a victory for the LDP, but a dismal showing for Japanese democracy.
Japan's Local Elections: LDP Victories Marred By Record-Low Turnout
Abe's Visit Marks 'New Era' for US-Japan Alliance
April 29, 2015
Abe's Visit Marks 'New Era' for US-Japan Alliance
A joint statement released with Obama and Abe's meeting reveals the focus of the alliance moving forward.
Abe's Visit Marks 'New Era' for US-Japan Alliance
Japan, US Talk Okinawa, South China Sea at Ministers' Meeting
April 28, 2015
Japan, US Talk Okinawa, South China Sea at Ministers' Meeting
A 2+2 meeting in New York set the stage for Japanese PM Abe's visit to the U.S. What issues were on the agenda?
Japan, US Talk Okinawa, South China Sea at Ministers' Meeting
Will Congress Kill the 'Rebalance to Asia'?
April 28, 2015
Will Congress Kill the 'Rebalance to Asia'?
As Abe heads to the US, Congress remains a potential stumbling block for TPP negotiations.
Will Congress Kill the 'Rebalance to Asia'?
Who Landed a Radioactive Drone on Shinzo Abe's Roof?
April 27, 2015
Who Landed a Radioactive Drone on Shinzo Abe's Roof?
A man claims he landed the drone on Abe's office roof to protest plans to restart nuclear power plants.
Who Landed a Radioactive Drone on Shinzo Abe's Roof?
Japan's Increasingly Uncertain Security Environment
April 21, 2015
Japan's Increasingly Uncertain Security Environment
Japan's defense reforms are motivated by perceived security threats in the region.
Japan's Increasingly Uncertain Security Environment
US-Japan-Australia Security Cooperation: Beyond Containment
April 21, 2015
US-Japan-Australia Security Cooperation: Beyond Containment
Contrary to popular belief, the trilateral security cooperation isn't all about keeping China in check.
US-Japan-Australia Security Cooperation: Beyond Containment
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