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Hasan Alhasan

Hasan Alhasan is a PhD researcher at the India Institute at King’s College London and the National University of Singapore. His research focuses on contemporary Indian foreign policy in the Middle East. Previously, he served as a senior analyst at the office of the first deputy prime minister of Bahrain. He has a BA in political science and a dual MA in finance and international political economy from Sciences Po Paris and the London School of Economics, respectively. He is a recipient of the Crown Prince’s International Scholarship in Bahrain.

Alhasan has written extensively on political, economic and foreign-policy issues in the Middle East. His writings have appeared in the Guardian, La Tribune, Gulf News, openDemocracy and elsewhere. He has also written for Chatham House, the European Centre for Energy and Resource Security, the Oxford University Politics Blog and Nottingham University’s Institute of Asia and Pacific Studies Dialogue. Academically, he has published articles in several peer-reviewed journals and edited several books, including on the topic of Sunni political movements, the politics of labor-market reform and migration.

He can be contacted on Twitter @HTAlhasan.

GCC States Should Cultivate Strong Ties with South Asia, Even as They Continue Engagement with China By Hasan Alhasan - Nov 19, 2018

Despite a long period of diplomatic estrangement during the Cold War, GCC states’ relations with China have in recent years become the focal point of their Asia policy. Although the GCC’s focus on China reflects the Asian power’s rising status and position as the GCC’s single-largest trading partner, it overlooks certain long-term trends that position … Continue reading “GCC States Should Cultivate Strong Ties with South Asia, Even as They Continue Engagement with China”

US Sanctions Impose Tough Decisions for India on Iran By Hasan Alhasan - Sep 18, 2018

As President Donald Trump tightens the grip of US sanctions on Iran’s economy, India finds itself walking the tightrope, attempting to steer clear of US penalties while preserving relations with Iran. The US-India 2+2 summit in New Delhi on September 6, which brought together US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary Jim Mattis … Continue reading “US Sanctions Impose Tough Decisions for India on Iran”

India’s Middle East Policy Owes Much to the Vajpayee Years By Hasan Alhasan - Aug 30, 2018

Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former prime minister and a leading figure of the Hindu nationalist Bhartiya Janata Party, may have passed away, but much of his policy toward the Middle East lives on. Vajpayee headed India’s first Hindu-led government to complete a full five-year term. His time in office, from 1998 to 2004, coincided with a … Continue reading “India’s Middle East Policy Owes Much to the Vajpayee Years”

Despite Cheap Oil, There Is No Threat of a Chinese Debt Trap in the GCC By Hasan Alhasan - Aug 5, 2018

While low oil prices continue to squeeze Gulf finances, China is promising GCC states billions of dollars’ worth of investments in massive infrastructure projects through its Belt and Road initiative (BRI). Despite its economic potential, however, China’s trillion-dollar BRI has stoked the suspicions of its competitors over Beijing’s true intentions, leading critics to view it … Continue reading “Despite Cheap Oil, There Is No Threat of a Chinese Debt Trap in the GCC”