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Oz Hassan

Dr. Oz Hassan FHEA FRSA is a Reader in the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick. He is currently conducting a study at the request of the European Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET), entitled 'Afghanistan: Lessons learnt from 20 years of supporting democracy, development and security'. This is the first official lessons learnt Study on AfghanistanLink opens in a new window published outside of the United States, and whilst published by the European Parliament, it does not represent an official position of the European Parliament. Dr Hassan was awarded one of the Middle East Policy Council's 2023 40 under 40 awardsLink opens in a new window, highlighting him as an important international voice on transatlantic relations with the Middle East across professionals from academia, business, culture, and diplomacy.

Dr Hassan is also undertaking the project Managing National Security Risk during and after the Blockade: Strategic Challenges and Opportunities for Qatar's Energy Sector, led by Georgetown University in Qatar. He was the primary investigator on the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) Future Research Leaders Link opens in a new windowproject entitled Transatlantic Interests and Democratic Possibility in a Transforming Middle East (2013-2016). The project analyses US and EU policy in Egypt, Morocco, and Saudi Arabia to assess how "conflicts of interest" continue in the post-Arab Spring environment and how these can be overcome to promote democracy.

Dr. Hassan is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA), recognising his contributions to policy impact and commitment to finding practical solutions to social challenges. He is a former associate at LSE Ideas on the United States International Affairs Programme and a former visiting scholar on the Democracy and Rule of Law program at the Carnegie Endowment for International PeaceLink opens in a new window in Washington, D.C. He has also held the position of chair of the US Foreign Policy Working groupLink opens in a new window, which is Europe's largest academic grouping dedicated to the study of US foreign policy and subsequently served on its advisory committee. He has also spent considerable time living in Washington D.C. as a British Research Council Fellow at the John W. Kluge Center Link opens in a new windowin The United States Library of Congress. His expertise has provided substantial interaction with the policy-making community both domestically and internationally.

Dr Hassan worked on the European Commission-funded Framework 7 Programme's EU-GRASP and GR:EENLink opens in a new window. He joined PAIS in 2009, shortly before completing his ESRC-funded doctoral research on US democracy promotion in the Middle East and North Africa. Subsequently, he completed his monograph, entitled Constructing America's Freedom Agenda for the Middle East: Democracy or DominationLink opens in a new window, after conducting extended research in the region.

Dr. Hassan's research is theoretically driven but empirically rich, which has led to numerous citations by policymakers, international media, and other stakeholders. Theoretically, Oz’s work has further developed a Constructivist Institutionalist (CI) methodology within a comparative framework, and state-of-the-art qualitative research methods. As such, his methods include various forms and expertise in Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS), data visualization, and big data management and analysis. He has various qualifications in the uses of Artificial Intelligence, including machine learning, natural language processing, and computer vision. Innovations in this area have allowed Dr. Hassan to provide training both domestically and internationally to public and private companies.

Throughout his time at Warwick, Dr Hassan has developed his research interests in American Foreign and Security Policy, European Foreign and Security Policy, Middle Eastern Politics, democratization theory, and constructivism in International Relations. This has resulted in the publication of a monograph, an edited special edition of the International Journal of Human rightsLink opens in a new window, and multiple articles and book chapters.

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Teaching Information

Advice and Feedback Hours:

Thursday: 13:30-14:30 (MSTeams)

Friday: 9:00-10:00 (F2F)

Research Interests:

US Foreign Policy

EU & European Security

Transatlantic Relations

Middle Eastern Foreign & Security Policy

Domestic & International Terrorism
Critical Techno-Geopolitics
Democracy Promotion Theory and Practice

Computer-Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis

Trained in Specialist Research Software:


ProSuite (QDA Miner; WordStat; SimStat)

Azure Microsoft: Computer Analytics (certified) (Artificial Intelligence)

WEKA: Machine Learning (certified) (Data Mining and Machine Learning)

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Research Grants and Funding:
  • Rutherford Strategic International Fellows 2017-18: Successful nomination of Dr Joachim Koops | Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium, to develop research and teaching collaborations between PAIS and the VUB
  • ESRC Future Research Leaders Award: Transatlantic Interests and Democratic Possibility in a Transforming Middle East (£215000) 2013-2016
  • RCUK Global Uncertainties - ESRC-AHRC-DSTL Futures and Innovation: Science and Security - Research Impact and the Co-Production of Knowledge (£125,000) led by Stuart Croft, with George Christou, Jon Coaffee and Nick Vaughan-Williams; 2013-2015
  • The Compagnia di San Paolo: EUSPRING (€138500 of €500000) 2013-2015
  • ESRC Seminar Series: The Future of American Power (£17500 led by Adam Quinn the University of Birmingham) 2013-2015
  • Institute for Advanced Studies: Summer School on Practice-based Studies (£18000) 2013
  • US Embassy London: Early Career Day Funding (£2950) 2013
  • Institute for Advanced Studies: European Frontiers Fund (£4000) 2011
  • PAIS CARP Workshop Grant (£2000) 2011 & (£3500) 2012
  • ESRC/AHRC: British Research Council Fellowship at the Library of Congress (£6000) 2008
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