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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

Crown Prince’s Trip Sets Saudi Arabia to Be a Key Player in India and Pakistan By Hasan Alhasan - Feb 25, 2019

The visit of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to Pakistan and India represents a new chapter in relations between Saudi Arabia and its two South Asian neighbors. With its tens of billions of dollars of potential investments, Saudi Arabia could position itself as a key player in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and … Continue reading “Crown Prince’s Trip Sets Saudi Arabia to Be a Key Player in India and Pakistan”

Can India Weather the Middle East Strategic Alliance? By Hasan Alhasan - Jan 29, 2019

New Delhi may never have felt more vindicated in its Middle East policy than it does today. Its close ties with all the major powers in the Middle East, including Israel, Iran and the Gulf monarchies, have shielded its interests from the region’s geopolitical fluctuations. Yet, going forward, the region’s increasing polarization, of which the … Continue reading “Can India Weather the Middle East Strategic Alliance?”

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”