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Yasmin Hassen

PhD student

BA (Global) (Monash University); Post Grad Dip in European and International Studies (Monash University); MA (Monash University); MDipl (ANU)

Briliantina Putri

Yasmin commenced her doctoral studies at the NSC in February 2017. She holds a BA (Global), Post Graduate Diploma in European and International Studies as well as a Master of Arts by Research from Monash University and a Master of Diplomacy from ANU. Yasmin has professional and voluntary experience working in the delivery of programs and development of policies in the humanitarian, multicultural and multi-faith space.

Research interests

  • Foreign aid-counterterrorism nexus
  • Evolution of the ‘war on terror’ narrative
  • African politics, histories and security realities
  • terrorism in Africa –primarily al-Shabaab and Boko Haram
  • Muslims in diaspora.

Thesis topic

For more than five years counterterrorism efforts in Somalia and Nigeria have become subjects of academic and policy interest as an extension of the ‘war on terror.’ Yasmin’s dissertation explores the dialectal relationship between foreign aid and development, the war economy in failed and weak states and counterterrorism. It aims to analyse contemporary discourses on the complex instersectionality of these key determinants of sustainable peace in an ever changing geopolitical counterterrorism landscape in Nigeria and Somalia.


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