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Asif Muztaba Hassan

Asif Muztaba Hassan

Asif Muztaba Hassan is a security researcher and an independent journalist.

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
February 08, 2023

Bollywood Film on Holey Artisan Attack Triggers Controversy in Bangladesh

By Asif Muztaba Hassan and Nazifa Raidah
Social media has been abuzz with Bangladeshis opposing the making of “Faraaz,” mostly averring that it is Bangladesh’s story to tell.

February 04, 2022

Cryptocurrency and Terrorist Financing in Asia

By Asif Muztaba Hassan and Shamsul Nawed Nafees
Many states in Asia are falling behind in regulating crypto, making it an attractive tool for local terrorist groups.
December 16, 2021

Bangladesh at 50: On the Path to Becoming a Middle Power

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
Despite the odds, Bangladesh has managed to remain neutral amid great power competition and notch rapid economic growth. But the next decade will bring even more challenges.

November 29, 2021

A Thorn in Pakistan-Bangladesh Relations

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
Fifty years after the Bangladesh liberation war, Pakistan remains reluctant to apologize for the horrific violence it unleashed on millions of Bangladeshis.

November 05, 2021

Will Bangladesh Benefit by Joining RCEP?

By Asif Muztaba Hassan
At the very least, the economic partnership will enable Dhaka to get duty-free or low-tariff access to much larger markets.

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.

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