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About Hasan Tariq Al Hasan

Hasan Tariq Al Hasan is a Bahrain-based economic and political analyst.

Articles by Hasan Tariq Al Hasan

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

Corruption in Bahrain

The Crown Prince’s renewed anti-corruption effort faces serious threats, particularly from powerful elites with a deep vested interest in maintaining the fig leaf of impunity.

“Chicken nuggets”: Bahrain’s lost generation goes mainstream

The battle for culture, the conquest of space, the re-interpretation of heritage and the competition for writing Bahrain’s collective memory are well under way in an island roughly half the size of New York City.

Three fallacies surrounding Gulf union

Greater Gulf unity is a popular demand. But in order for a union to work, if one were ever to see the light of day, governments in the Gulf must learn to set their priorities straight.

Walking the tightrope: Al Wefaq’s quest for relevancy in post-uprising Bahrain

A call for foreign intervention is a cry for help by an embattled opposition walking a shaky tightrope with a tough choice ahead.

The Gulf’s cupcake entrepreneurs

In the Gulf, it is all too easy to succumb to the temptation of catering to the population’s excessive tendency to consume as opposed to engaging in innovative entrepreneurship with an exportable added value.

Bahrain’s nostalgic bourgeoisie

This exclusionary cultural gentrification of Muharraq, while holding promising social and identity prospects for a handful, may risk alienating many locals.

Bahrain’s new labour scheme: one step forward, two steps back?

The new labour market scheme represents an economic translation of the political victory of the merchant elite and its allies within government.

‘Too big to succeed’: a case of Sunni politics in Bahrain

Although conservatives within the ruling establishment will go to considerable lengths to ensure Shiite political movements are kept at bay, expect them to be equally relentless in ensuring an uncontested domination over its core Sunni constituency.

Bahrain bids its economic reform farewell

A fierce political battle is currently being waged between the government and the opposition over the labour unions.


Bahrain: throwing the steering wheel out of the window

Over the past year or so, the government and the opposition have both been locked in a game of chicken.



Fancy a ride on Bahrain's economic merry-go-round?

Given the country’s regressive welfare system and the absence of a progressive income tax regime, households on the top of the income ladder who can afford to consume more end up benefiting disproportionately.

Bahrain: split over proposed GCC union, and chronic failure of Sunni groups to mobilize

Bahrainis of all political affiliations waited in tense anticipation as rumours of a Saudi – Bahraini union circulated days before the Gulf leaders convened in Riyadh for the Gulf Cooperation Council summit on May 14th, 2012. The summit fell short of expectations however.

‘Arabs are not ready for democracy’: the orientalist cravings of Arab ruling elites

Scrambling to adjust to the new reality of the Arab revolts, Arab regimes have fallen back on Orientalist stereotypes. Portraying the Arab peoples as unready for democracy, the sole goal of these remaining regimes is to prolong their people's subjugation.

The socio-economic foundations of Bahrain’s political crisis

A study of income inequality in Bahrain highlights the failure of the Government to extend its aid to those who need it most.

Counter-balancing Saudi Arabia: why the US should not abandon Bahrain’s reformists

Rather than calling upon the United States and other western powers to abandon the Bahraini leadership at this time, we should instead be calling upon them to increase their ever-so vital support of the kingdom’s reformists through a series of different aid and development packages.

Taxation: Bahrain's alternative path to political reform

Bahrain's uprising was curtailed by a brutal crackdown. Could the rising sectarianism and tense Sunni-Shia divide be reversed through taxation?

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