||Hassan was born in Tangerang on 9th July 1948. He has a master's degree in law from Harvard University and a JD in international law from the University of Charlottesville, Virginia. He is one of the few ministers from the Megawati Soekarnoputri cabinet to have retained his post. This was not because of his political affiliation or loyalty, but his distinguished diplomatic career, his negotiating skills, as well as his proven leadership ability during Indonesia's chairmanship of ASEAN. Hassan has been a very competent foreign minister. Unfortunately, however, he has unnecessarily annoyed the Americans on a few occasions with strange criticisms, such as his claims that the United States treats its Muslim citizens particularly badly and that the US carpet bombed the whole of Iraq.