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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
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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?
July 31, 2023

Political Storm Brews in Election-Bound Bangladesh

By Mubashar Hasan
Despite efforts by the government to decimate rivals, the opposition BNP is drawing huge crowds at rallies.

July 13, 2023

Bangladeshi Diaspora Journalists Push Back Against Democratic Backsliding at Home

By Mubashar Hasan
Back home, ruling party activists threaten and assault journalists' relatives to silence their criticism of the government.

June 28, 2023

How India, the US, and China Can Impact Bangladesh’s Impending Election

By Mubashar Hasan
Unlike in previous elections, India has stepped back from a proactive role in shaping the electoral outcome. While China is backing Prime Minister Hasina, the U.S. is pushing back.

June 16, 2023

Kin of Forcefully Disappeared People in Bangladesh Demand Answers

By Mubashar Hasan
The forum Maayer Daak has helped people overcome their fear of further retribution from the state and speak up about enforced disappearances.
May 30, 2023

Bollywood Returns to Big Screens in Bangladesh

By Mubashar Hasan
The recent release of the movie “Pathaan” in Bangladesh’s cinema theaters is the outcome of the lobbying of Bangladeshi film exhibitors.

May 09, 2023

Bangladeshi PM Swings Through Japan, US and UK

By Mubashar Hasan
Hasina’s trip to the U.S. was limited to meeting officials at the World Bank and the IMF. No official meeting took place between her and the U.S. government.
April 20, 2023

Bangladesh’s Free Press Is Under Fire

By Mubashar Hasan
However, growing global scrutiny and an upcoming visit to the U.S. could be forcing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to go slow on cracking down on the media.

March 10, 2023

Can Bangladesh’s Election Commission Act to Boost Its Credibility?

By Mubashar Hasan
It needs to convince voters that it is not an extension of the ruling Awami League and that it will provide all parties with a level playing field.

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