Hassan Hassan

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Hassan Hassan
Born Syria
Alma mater University of Nottingham
Occupation Author, journalist

Hassan Hassan is an American author and journalist of Syrian origin. He co-wrote the 2015 New York Times Bestseller ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror with Michael Weiss.[1][2][3][4] His work on Islamist groups in the Middle East is widely acclaimed.[5][6] He frequently appeared on flagship television programs, including The O'Reilly Factor,[7] Amanpour[8] and The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell,[9] and has written for the New York Times, Foreign Policy, the Guardian, Foreign Affairs, Financial Times, the Daily Beast, among other outlets.[10]

Background[edit]

Hassan is from Albu Kamal, Deir Ezzor, in eastern Syria near the Iraqi border.[11] He moved from hometown to Damascus in 2000 to study English literature at the Damascus University.[12] He completed an MA in International Relations at the University of Nottingham, the UK.[13] After graduation, he moved to the United Arab Emirates in 2008 to work as a journalist for The National newspaper, covering domestic and Gulf affairs.[14] He covered the Syrian conflict since the uprising began in 2011.[15] His research on the Islamic State included extensive interviews with members of the organization since its rise in his area in 2014.[16]

Career[edit]

Hassan Hassan discusses his work on extremism in DC

His book on the rise of the Islamic State[17] was chosen by the Wall Street Journal as one of 10 must-read works on the evolution of terrorism in the Middle East,[18] one of the Times of London's Best Books of 2015,[19] and the New York Times Editors' Choice in April 2015.[20] The book was reviewed favorably twice by the New York Times.[21][22] Times' chief book critic, Michio Kakutani, said the book gave readers "a fine-grained look at the organization’s evolution through assorted incarnations."[23]

Hassan studies Sunni and Shia militant organizations, as well as Iraq, Syria, and the Gulf.[24] His research was commissioned by Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,[25] European Council on Foreign Relations,[26][27] Chatham House,[28] Royal United Services Institute,[29] Brookings Institution,[30] University of Oxford's Gulf studies forum.[31]

Hassan is currently a senior fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, a think-tank in Washington DC, and a weekly columnist for The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates.[32][33] He was previously an associate fellow at Chatham House.[34] He advises officials in the United States and the Middle East.

In June 2016, Hassan testified before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on the extremist ideology of ISIS,[35][36] a widely covered hearing.[37][38][39][40] In February 2017, he testified before the House Foreign Affairs Committee on defeating terrorism in Syria.[41]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hassan Hassan". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "ISIS:Inside the Army of Terror". The New York Times. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  3. ^ "Hassan Hassan on How to Uproot ISIS in Deir Ezzor". News Deeply. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  4. ^ "Book Discussion on ISIS Hassan Hassan, co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror". C-SPAN. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  5. ^ Hassan, Hassan (2015-02-07). "Isis has reached new depths of depravity. But there is a brutal logic behind it". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  6. ^ "Eight Experts To Watch On Syria's Islamist Groups". Syria Deeply. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  7. ^ O'Reilly, Bill. "Bill O'Reilly: The O'Reilly Factor – U.S. Ineffective in Fighting ISIS". www.billoreilly.com. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  8. ^ U.S. and the West 'out of cards to play' in Syria – CNN Video, retrieved 2016-10-31 
  9. ^ Hassan Hassan (2015-11-29), Hassan Hassan on the Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, retrieved 2016-10-31 
  10. ^ "Hassan Hassan". The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  11. ^ "Making Sense of ISIS: an interview with Michael Weiss". Fathom. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  12. ^ "Sign Up | LinkedIn". www.linkedin.com. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  13. ^ "Hassan Hassan – The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy". The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  14. ^ "Hassan Hassan – The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy". The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  15. ^ "'Why Would Someone Participate in the Beheading of Their Cousin?' Talking With an Author Who Interviewed Dozens of ISIS Members". Daily Intelligencer. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  16. ^ "'Why Would Someone Participate in the Beheading of Their Cousin?' Talking With an Author Who Interviewed Dozens of ISIS Members". Daily Intelligencer. Retrieved 2016-11-18. 
  17. ^ Weiss, Michael; Hassan, Hassan (2015-02-17). ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror (First ed.). Regan Arts. ISBN 978-1-941393-57-4. 
  18. ^ Russell, Anna. "10 Must-Read Books on the Evolution of Terrorism in the Middle East". WSJ. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  19. ^ Noble, Barnes &. "ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror (Updated Edition)". Barnes & Noble. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  20. ^ "Editors' Choice". The New York Times. 2015-04-10. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  21. ^ Negus, Steve (2015-04-01). "'ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror,' and More". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  22. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (2015-04-02). "Review: 'ISIS: The State of Terror,' by Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger, and 'ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror,' by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  23. ^ Kakutani, Michiko (2015-04-02). "Review: 'ISIS: The State of Terror,' by Jessica Stern and J. M. Berger, and 'ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror,' by Michael Weiss and Hassan Hassan". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2016-11-19. 
  24. ^ "Hassan Hassan". The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  25. ^ Hassan, Hassan. "The Sectarianism of the Islamic State: Ideological Roots and Political Context". Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  26. ^ "Syria: the view from the Gulf states". ECFR. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  27. ^ The Gulf and sectarianism. 
  28. ^ "Understanding Iran's Role in the Syrian Conflict". RUSI. 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  29. ^ "Understanding Iran's Role in the Syrian Conflict". RUSI. 2016-08-01. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  30. ^ "Experts weigh in (part 7): Is ISIS good at governing?". Brookings Institution. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  31. ^ "GCC Security Amid Regional Crises". www.oxgaps.org. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  32. ^ "Understanding the Islamic State's Strategy: Hassan Hassan on Last Week's Terrorism Events". Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  33. ^ "Hassan Hassan". The National. Retrieved 2016-10-31. 
  34. ^ "Hassan Hassan Associate Fellow, Middle East and North Africa Programme". Chatham House. Retrieved 30 June 2016. 
  35. ^ "Hearings". Senate Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs Committee. Retrieved 2016-11-24. 
  36. ^ Hassan Hassan (2016-06-27), Hassan's testimony before the Senate's Homeland Security & Govt Affairs Committee, retrieved 2016-11-24 
  37. ^ "Experts: The next president will face a more dangerous ISIS". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  38. ^ "Gains against Islamic State not yet enough, could backfire: U.S. officials". Reuters. 2017-06-22. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  39. ^ Seldin, Jeff. "Yazidi Woman Pleads With US to Hold IS Accountable". VOA. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  40. ^ "Syrian Refugee Subhi Nahas Gives Voice to LGBTQ Asylum-Seekers". NBC News. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 
  41. ^ "Subcommittee Hearing: Defeating Terrorism in Syria: A New Way Forward". House Committee on Foreign Affairs. Retrieved 2017-02-15. 

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