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Asif Muztaba Hassan

Asif Muztaba Hassan

Asif Muztaba Hassan is a journalist based in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

He writes on South Asia’s political and security issues, with a particular focus on Bangladesh’s foreign policy with respect to bigger global actors, and the country’s domestic politics. Asif finished his Masters in Strategic Studies from S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, NTU in Singapore.

Posts by Asif Muztaba Hassan
October 25, 2021

Why Is the World Ignoring Repatriation of Rohingya Refugees?

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
Refugee camps in Bangladesh have become a source of business for vested interests.

October 19, 2021

Communal Cauldron Bubbles Over in Bangladesh

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
Acting on allegations of blasphemy, mobs have unleashed violence against Hindus, their homes, temples, and businesses.
September 27, 2021

Will Bangladesh Recognize the Taliban Regime?

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
Dhaka’s criteria for according diplomatic recognition, which drew on its historical experiences, seem poised now to expand.

August 30, 2021

Implications of the Taliban Victory for Bangladesh

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
Bangladesh has dismantled transnational jihadist networks in recent years, but new radicals pose a threat.

August 24, 2021

China Swoops Into Bangladesh With a Vaccine Deal

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
It bided its time and when India halted supply of vaccines to Bangladesh, it saw opportunity and struck.

July 27, 2021

Is Securitization of Climate Change a Boon or Bane?

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
Climate-vulnerable nations are calling on rich countries to deliver the $100 billion per annum they promised years ago as climate finance.
July 14, 2021

Narayanganj Fire: Same Problems, No Solutions to Industrial Accidents in Bangladesh

By Asif Muztaba Hassan and Yashab Osama
Data from early 2019 shows that at least 468 fire incidents took place in Old Dhaka, home to over 500 illegal chemical warehouses and factories.

July 01, 2021

Rohingya Repatriation Unlikely If It’s ‘Business as Usual’ in Global Politics

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
If foreign companies continue to do business with the Myanmar junta, the latter will persist with its brutal offensives against Rohingya Muslims.

June 02, 2021

Bangladesh’s ‘Reactionary’ COVID-19 Response Is Working, But For How Long?

By Asif Muztaba Hassan and Zarif Faiaz
As the country battles hard to stop an ongoing surge of infections in the border districts, structural difficulties and public indifference about the pandemic are fueling the fire.

May 27, 2021

Bangladesh Journalist’s Arrest Highlights Growing Curbs on Press Freedom

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
Investigative reporter Rozina Islam was arrested on charges of espionage many consider dubious.

May 19, 2021

Bangladesh Cracks Down on Hardline Islamist Group

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
The latest government pushback followed intelligence that terrorist groups had infiltrated Hefajat-e-Islam.
April 26, 2021

West Bengal Elections: What’s in It for Bangladesh?

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
A BJP win in West Bengal in the ongoing state elections could complicate Bangladesh-India relations even further.

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