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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.

Articles By Hasan Alhasan

Part I: India or Pakistan? Kashmir Is a Test for Gulf Diplomacy By Hasan Alhasan - Aug 14, 2019

The unfolding situation in Jammu and Kashmir, where India’s Hindu nationalist government has abruptly ended the state’s autonomous status, puts the Arab Gulf states’ balancing act in South Asia to the test. By raising tensions with Pakistan and increasing the likelihood of a local insurgency breaking out, India has created a zero-sum situation for the … Continue reading “Part I: India or Pakistan? Kashmir Is a Test for Gulf Diplomacy”

Part II: Beyond Pakistan and India, Will Kashmir Define the New Leader of the Muslim World? By Hasan Alhasan - Aug 14, 2019

For Saudi Arabia, home of Islam’s holiest sites, the ongoing crisis in Muslim-majority Kashmir extends far beyond the question of whether to side with India or Pakistan. Kashmir is becoming the arena for a hotly contested race with the symbolic leadership of the Muslim world as the prize. While Iran has cultivated influence among Kashmiri … Continue reading “Part II: Beyond Pakistan and India, Will Kashmir Define the New Leader of the Muslim World?”

Iran Seeks to Demonstrate It Can Disrupt Export of Oil and Gas from Arab Gulf States By Hasan Alhasan - May 22, 2019

Many observers have interpreted recent attacks on UAE and Saudi shipping and oil facilities as a result of yet another round of escalation in the US-Iran conflict, losing sight of the underlining message behind Iran’s orchestrated action. The attacks have specifically targeted Saudi and UAE facilities that bypass the Strait of Hormuz, a narrow waterway … Continue reading “Iran Seeks to Demonstrate It Can Disrupt Export of Oil and Gas from Arab Gulf States”

Defense Priorities Boost Gulf States’ Space Program By Hasan Alhasan - Apr 18, 2019

Space technology is emerging as a cornerstone of modernization strategies in Saudi Arabia and the UAE, both in terms of economic development and national prestige. In a region plagued by conflict, however, both space programs also serve clear military and security purposes, including countering Iran’s advances in space technology. The UAE, which has invested $6 … Continue reading “Defense Priorities Boost Gulf States’ Space Program”