The Diplomat  |  Author

Mubashar Hasan

Mubashar Hasan

Mubashar Hasan, Ph.D., is a Sydney-based scholar and analyst of geopolitics in South Asia.

Mubashar Hasan is a researcher, communication expert and policy analyst. A well-known expert in Bangladesh, Hasan holds a Ph.D. in politics from Griffith University, Australia. He is currently a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Department of Culture Studies and Oriental Languages at the University of Oslo, Norway. Since 2019, he has been an adjunct fellow at the Humanitarian and Development Research Initiative (HADRI) at the University of Western Sydney, Australia.  In addition to authoring two books, Islam and Politics in Bangladesh” and Narratives of Bangladesh: Culture, Politics and History,” Hasan has co-edited two books and written numerous journal articles and chapters on Bangladesh and global politics. Apart from The Diplomat, his think pieces have been published in the Foreign Policy Magazine, Lowe Institute’s Interpreter, Georgetown Journal of International Affairs, Al Jazeera, E-IR, The Conversation US and Australia, OpenDemocracy and LSE@South Asia, among others.

In 2021, Griffith University conferred an Outstanding International Alumni award on Dr Hasan for his role in promoting human rights and democracy in Bangladesh. In 2022, he co-founded the Sydney Policy and Analysis Centre to provide policy solutions to governments and civil society organizations.  His website is Follow him on X.

Posts by Mubashar Hasan
February 23, 2024

Bangladeshi PM Sheikh Hasina Goes for an Image Makeover Abroad

By Mubashar Hasan
At the recent Munich Security Conference, Hasina sought to project herself as a champion of climate change action and a supporter of Ukraine.

January 26, 2024

Instability Looms Over Post-Election Bangladesh

By Mubashar Hasan
Hasina is back as prime minister. Economic problems and surging anger among opposition supporters threaten the much-vaunted stability under her rule.
December 29, 2023

Deep Fakes and Disinformation in Bangladesh

By Mubashar Hasan
The Awami League government doesn’t bother itself with public opinion. So why does it engage in disinformation campaigns against the opposition?

December 18, 2023

Crackdown on Bangladesh Nationalist Party Hasn’t Broken its Morale Yet

By Mubashar Hasan
Contrary to the ruling Awami League’s calculation, activists are not leaving the BNP in droves.

November 29, 2023

Why is Bangladesh Even Bothering to Hold Elections?

By Mubashar Hasan
Autocratic states elsewhere in the world offer useful insights to understand Bangladesh’s upcoming election.

November 16, 2023

Religion and Bangladesh’s Political Parties

By Mubashar Hasan
Both the Awami League and the Bangladesh Nationalist Party have Islamist allies and wear their religious identity with pride.
October 30, 2023

Bangladesh Government Doubles Down on Pressure Campaign Against Opposition

By Mubashar Hasan
Clashes between BNP leaders on the one hand and police and ruling party activists on the other broke out in Dhaka during a major opposition rally.

October 18, 2023

What is Driving China-Bangladesh Bonhomie?

By Mubashar Hasan
Unlike the U.S., China is making no demands on PM Hasina to ensure that elections are free and fair.

September 26, 2023

What Do Bangladeshis Think About Democracy, Human Rights, and Elections?

By Mubashar Hasan
Two surveys provide useful insights into how Bangladeshis view elections and their concerns over democracy, human rights and price rise.

September 18, 2023

Is the US Coming Around to Backing India’s Position in Bangladesh?

By Mubashar Hasan
Is the priority it accords to containing China prompting the Biden administration to play along with India in standing by Bangladesh's PM Hasina?

August 29, 2023

Bangladesh’s Jamaat-e-Islami Thrives Amid Persecution

By Mubashar Hasan
The party is banned. Its leaders and activists have been arrested or killed. Yet it has the capacity to organize massive rallies.
August 21, 2023

Bangladesh Government Scraps Controversial Digital Security Act

By Mubashar Hasan
But will the proposed Cyber Security Act, which will replace the DSA, restore meaningful freedom of expression to Bangladeshis?

Page 1 of 2