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Hassan Hassan is based in Washington, DC, as a senior fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, where he focuses his research on militant Islam, Syria and Iraq. He was previously an associate fellow at Chatham House’s Middle East and North Africa program, in London, and a research associate at the Delma Institute in Abu Dhabi. He has written extensively on Sunni and Shiite movements in the region, including for think-tanks such as the European Council on Foreign Relations, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Chatham House and the Brookings Institution.

Hassan is the author, with Michael Weiss, of “ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror,” a New York Times bestseller that was also chosen as one of the London Times’ Best Books of 2015 and The Wall Street Journal’s top 10 books on terrorism. He has contributed to The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the Financial Times and The New York Times, among other publications. He has appeared on television programs such as the O’Reilly Factor, Amanpour and the Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell. Hassan received an MA in international relations from the University of Nottingham in the UK. You can follow him on Twitter: @hxhassan.

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French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities By Oussama Romdhani - Dec 2, 2022

At a time when French-Algerian relations were supposed to be on the mend, Algeria’s Central Bank issued, on November 1, new banknotes which bore for the first time inscriptions in English, alongside Arabic. Politicians in Paris were not amused. They saw it as another sign that Algeria was drifting away from France’s zone of influence. … Continue reading “French Influence in North Africa Falters Amid New Global Realities”

The Eight Billionth Question By Afshin Molavi - Nov 28, 2022

The world just passed a quiet milestone, topping 8 billion people on Earth. Embedded in this demographic story is an important developmental one: We are healthier, wealthier, and better educated than at any time in human history. And yet, macro numbers offer little solace to the 800 million people who still lack access to electricity, or the roughly same amount who go … Continue reading “The Eight Billionth Question”

Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound By Suha Ma’ayeh - Nov 27, 2022

After a two-year slowdown, tourism is once again booming in the Middle East. As countries lift their COVID-19 travel restrictions and demand for travel returns, the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) projects that the sector’s contribution to regional GDP will grow more than 36 percent in 2022 – to more than $256 billion. While this is undoubtedly great news for countries where tourism accounts … Continue reading “Climate Change Could Stifle the Middle East’s Tourism Rebound”