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Yasmin Hassen


Bachelor of Arts (Global) (Monash University)

Post Grad Dip in European and International Studies (Monash University)

Master of Arts by Research (Monash University)

Master of Diplomacy (ANU)

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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.

PhD programme

National Security College

Topic title

The Foreign Aid and Terrorism Nexus: Analysing the Cost of (In)Security in Somalia

Topic description

The dissertation explores the dialectal relationship between foreign aid and development, the war economy in failed and weak states. 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 Somalia.

The research is a study of the effects of foreign aid on terrorism. The research aims to: (i) critically evaluate the relationship between foreign aid and terrorism in Somalia; (ii) understand the mechanisms through which foreign aid is used as a counter-terrorism tool in Somalia; and (iii) investigate under what conditions can foreign aid, primarily military aid, undermine or strengthen a recipient state’s responses to terrorism.


‘Making Muslims: The Politics of Religious Identity Construction and Victoria’s Islamic Schools’, Journal of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations (Special Theme: It’s who we are: Being Muslim in Australia). Monash University Press: Melbourne, Australia. 2013.

The Politics of Identity and Australian Muslim Students’ Associations: A Preliminary Survey of the Literature. Proceedings of the 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia. December 2010

Mailing address

Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
Lennox Crossing
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia

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