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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
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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With the UK officially withdrawn from the EU, both London and Tokyo are eager to sign a bilateral trade deal.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.
January 22, 2020

Is Japan Ready to Welcome Immigrants?

By Mina Pollmann
A recent survey by Japan's Cabinet Office has interesting implications for the push to welcome more foreign workers.

January 17, 2020

With Iran, North Korea Tensions in Headlines, Japan’s Defense Minister Visits US

By Mina Pollmann
Taro Kono’s trip included the usual rhetoric on the alliance, but a few surprises as well.
January 10, 2020

Foreign Bribery Scandal Muddies Japan’s Casino Legalization Gamble

By Mina Pollmann
Six Japanese politicians are under fire for taking bribes from a Chinese company interested in opening a casino in Japan.

December 31, 2019

New Year, New Scandals for Japan’s Ruling Party

By Mina Pollmann
Once again, Abe and his LDP are beset by multiple scandals. And once again, it doesn't seem to be impacting their political dominance.

December 12, 2019

The Ever-Evolving Importance of Japan’s Coast Guard

By Mina Pollmann
Two recent changes highlight the multifaceted role the JCG will continue to play in Japan’s defenses.

December 06, 2019

Japan Ends 2019 With a Packed Diplomatic Schedule

By Mina Pollmann
Japan's flurry of diplomacy highlights its outreach to newer, more distant partners.
August 28, 2019

Japan’s Disappointing G7 Summit

By Mina Pollmann
The grouping seems less and less inclined to take up concerns related to East Asia, adding to Japan’s disillusionment.

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