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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.

UK-Gulf Differences Over Yemen can Be Bridged By Hasan Alhasan - Jun 27, 2018

In recent weeks, the UK has grown critical of the Saudi-led coalition’s military campaign in Yemen to recapture the port of Hodeida from Houthi control. Otherwise considered as one of the coalition’s closest Western allies, the UK’s position reflects concern over the potential humanitarian consequences of a disruption to the port, which reportedly handles up … Continue reading “UK-Gulf Differences Over Yemen can Be Bridged”

The Iran Deal’s Fatal Flaw Was that It Ignored the Concerns of Gulf Countries By Hasan Alhasan - May 12, 2018

When he announced his decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, Donald Trump spent more time criticizing the agreement for its failure to address Iran’s support for terrorism and its destabilizing regional activity, than he did on most of its other defects. For years, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Israel and other regional states made … Continue reading “The Iran Deal’s Fatal Flaw Was that It Ignored the Concerns of Gulf Countries”

If the US Wants an Arab Force in Syria, It’ll Have to Step Up in Yemen By Hasan Alhasan - Apr 29, 2018

For a president whose foreign policy could easily be described as transactional – after all, he does tend to wave charts of foreign military sales and investments in meetings with foreign heads of state at the White House – Donald Trump has had little to say on how he intends to convince his Arab allies … Continue reading “If the US Wants an Arab Force in Syria, It’ll Have to Step Up in Yemen”

Bahrain’s Massive Oil Discovery Could Boost the Country’s Economy, But Also Raises Questions By Hasan Alhasan - Apr 16, 2018

One often hears the saying that although Bahrain was the first Arab country to strike oil in 1932, it was also the first to run out of it. Its recent discovery of over 80 billion barrels worth of oil, however, might finally put all that to rest. Although Bahrain’s massive underwater reserves may not position … Continue reading “Bahrain’s Massive Oil Discovery Could Boost the Country’s Economy, But Also Raises Questions”