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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.

US, Japan Talk Okinawa, Defense Guidelines During Carter's Visit
April 10, 2015
US, Japan Talk Okinawa, Defense Guidelines During Carter's Visit
Defense Secretary Ashton Carter made his first trip to Tokyo this week.
US, Japan Talk Okinawa, Defense Guidelines During Carter's Visit
Why Japan's Textbook Controversy Is Getting Worse
April 08, 2015
Why Japan's Textbook Controversy Is Getting Worse
Both international and domestic factors are feeding Japan's history textbook "war" with South Korea.
Why Japan's Textbook Controversy Is Getting Worse
Can the US Nudge Japan and South Korea Closer Together?
April 02, 2015
Can the US Nudge Japan and South Korea Closer Together?
The U.S. is pushing for more cooperation between its allies. Are those efforts bearing fruit?
Can the US Nudge Japan and South Korea Closer Together?
Japan's Tangled Ties With Russia
April 01, 2015
Japan's Tangled Ties With Russia
Japan's relationship with Russia will remain stalled as long as the Ukraine crisis continues.
Japan's Tangled Ties With Russia
Okinawa Pushes Back Against US Base Relocation
March 31, 2015
Okinawa Pushes Back Against US Base Relocation
Trouble in Okinawa could have serious repercussions for the Japan-U.S. alliance.
Okinawa Pushes Back Against US Base Relocation
Japan's Argument for Collective Self-Defense
March 30, 2015
Japan's Argument for Collective Self-Defense
LDP official Masahiko Komura makes the case for collective self-defense after meeting with US Defense Secretary Carter.
Japan's Argument for Collective Self-Defense
Will Japan Cooperate With China's Infrastructure Bank?
March 27, 2015
Will Japan Cooperate With China's Infrastructure Bank?
As countries line up to join China's AIIB, Japan has a decision to make.
Will Japan Cooperate With China's Infrastructure Bank?
3 Japanese Dead in Tunisia Attack
March 20, 2015
3 Japanese Dead in Tunisia Attack
Once again, Japanese nationals abroad fall victim to a terrorist group.
3 Japanese Dead in Tunisia Attack
4 Years Later, What Japan Can Teach the World About Disaster Preparedness
March 18, 2015
4 Years Later, What Japan Can Teach the World About Disaster Preparedness
While hosting a UN Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, Japan shares hard lessons from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami.
4 Years Later, What Japan Can Teach the World About Disaster Preparedness
What Can Japan Really Learn From Germany?
March 17, 2015
What Can Japan Really Learn From Germany?
Angela Merkel's visit to Japan reignited the old comparison of Japan and Germany's post-war actions.
What Can Japan Really Learn From Germany?
Financial Scandals in Japan Could Force Shake-Up in Abe's Cabinet
March 04, 2015
Financial Scandals in Japan Could Force Shake-Up in Abe's Cabinet
Alleged violations of the Political Funds Control Law are reverberating through the LDP and DPJ alike.
Financial Scandals in Japan Could Force Shake-Up in Abe's Cabinet
Japan and India's Warming Defense Ties
March 04, 2015
Japan and India's Warming Defense Ties
From defense sales to joint exercises, Tokyo and New Delhi are expanding the scope of military cooperation.
Japan and India's Warming Defense Ties
Japan Nixes Plan to Send Troops to Join Ebola Fight
March 03, 2015
Japan Nixes Plan to Send Troops to Join Ebola Fight
Japan misses a chance to demonstrate the softer side of the SDF.
Japan Nixes Plan to Send Troops to Join Ebola Fight
Japan’s Defense Ministry Seeks to Roll Back Civilian Control
February 28, 2015
Japan’s Defense Ministry Seeks to Roll Back Civilian Control
New reforms would give Japan's SDF personnel increased say over military decisions.
Japan’s Defense Ministry Seeks to Roll Back Civilian Control
Japan Troop Deployment Near Taiwan Clears Major Hurdle
February 25, 2015
Japan Troop Deployment Near Taiwan Clears Major Hurdle
Residents on Yonaguni Island voted in favor of a proposed base housing SDF troops.
Japan Troop Deployment Near Taiwan Clears Major Hurdle
Could Japan Go Minesweeping in the Strait of Hormuz?
February 18, 2015
Could Japan Go Minesweeping in the Strait of Hormuz?
PM Abe's LDP and the Komeito Party debate whether minesweeping operations qualify as collective self-defense.
Could Japan Go Minesweeping in the Strait of Hormuz?
Japanese PM Abe Urges Most Drastic Reforms Since WW2
February 18, 2015
Japanese PM Abe Urges Most Drastic Reforms Since WW2
Shinzo Abe called on Japan's Diet to push through structural reforms in the coming year.
Japanese PM Abe Urges Most Drastic Reforms Since WW2
Japan Mulls Creating Its Own CIA
February 13, 2015
Japan Mulls Creating Its Own CIA
After the Islamic State hostage crisis, Japan wants to beef up its intelligence apparatus.
Japan Mulls Creating Its Own CIA
Are Australian Defense Deals in Peril?
February 13, 2015
Are Australian Defense Deals in Peril?
Domestic concerns about employment may affect who wins Australia's new submarine project.
Are Australian Defense Deals in Peril?
Agricultural Reforms in Japan Pave the Way for TPP
February 12, 2015
Agricultural Reforms in Japan Pave the Way for TPP
New reforms curtail the strength of Japan's powerful farm lobby, Japan Agriculture Cooperative.
Agricultural Reforms in Japan Pave the Way for TPP
Japan Wades Into South China Sea Issue
February 06, 2015
Japan Wades Into South China Sea Issue
Japan is becoming more involved in the South China Sea disputes through increased outreach to Southeast Asian partners.
Japan Wades Into South China Sea Issue
Post-Hostage Crisis, What Is Japan's Role in the Middle East?
February 04, 2015
Post-Hostage Crisis, What Is Japan's Role in the Middle East?
Japan should not let the tragic murder of two citizens shake its resolve to uphold world peace and security.
Post-Hostage Crisis, What Is Japan's Role in the Middle East?
Tokyo Snubs Okinawa's New Anti-Base Governor
February 04, 2015
Tokyo Snubs Okinawa's New Anti-Base Governor
The LDP is using its position as Japan's governing party to make life difficult for Okinawa's new anti-base governor.
Tokyo Snubs Okinawa's New Anti-Base Governor
North Korea's Own Pivot to ASEAN
January 31, 2015
North Korea's Own Pivot to ASEAN
Like China, Japan, and the US, North Korea is looking toward Southeast Asia -- but with a different goal in mind.
North Korea's Own Pivot to ASEAN
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