Hassan HassanFounding Director, Non-State Actors and Geopolitics
He is the author, with Michael Weiss, of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror. His internationally acclaimed 2015 book was a New York Times bestseller, and was selected as one of the Times of London’s best books of 2015 and as one of the Wall Street Journal’s top 10 books on terrorism. The book was translated into more than a dozen foreign languages.
He testified before Congress on extremism, and has frequently advised senior policymakers in the United States, Europe, and the Middle East. He frequently conducts training courses for military personnel and diplomats specializing or operating in the Middle East, on subjects such as tribes and Salafi-jihadism.
A native of eastern Syria, Hassan received a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Nottingham. He is also a senior non-resident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy in Washington DC.
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 the United Arab Emirates. From 2008 to 2014, he worked on the news and commentary sections at The National, an English-language daily newspaper in the UAE.
Hassan has written extensively on Sunni and Shia movements, society, and politics in the Middle East for numerous publications, including the Guardian, Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, the New York Times, Financial Times, the Daily Beast, The National.
Alarmists Were Wrong about the Soleimani StrikeJanuary 24, 2020
Suleimani’s death is a huge blow to Iran’s plans for regional dominationJanuary 10, 2020
Trump and Erdoğan risk a resurgent Isis thanks to their recklessness in SyriaOctober 14, 2019
How Yemen Brought Saudi Arabia and the UAE to the Brink of DivorceSeptember 25, 2019
The Emiratis Bit Off More Than They Could ChewSeptember 20, 2019