For teaching purposes he has cooperated with the School of International Relations and the Faculty of World Studies (University of Tehran) in Tehran; in Syria with the University of Kalamoon in Deir Atieh; in Yemen with Sana'a University and the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies in Sana'a; in Morocco with Ecole de Gouvernance et d'Economie (EGE) in Rabat; and in Iraq with the American University of Iraq, Sulaimani, and the University of Kurdistan, Hawler in Erbil.
Saudi Arabia in the Balance. Political Economy, Society, Foreign Affairs, edited by Paul Aarts & Gerd Nonneman. Published in updated Arabic edition (Center for Arab Unity Studies, Beirut, September 2012).
The Oil Weapon: A One-Shot Edition? United Arab Emirates/AbuDhabi: ECSSR, 1999.
Waar ligt de grens? Kritische beschouwingen over het vredesproces tussen Palestina en Israël , edited with Mouin Rabbani, Bussum: Coutinho, 1996.
Stilte na de Storm. De TweedeGolfoorlog in perspectief , edited with Bert Bomert, Nijmegen: Studiecentrum voor Vredesvraagstukken, 1993.
Geld, goed en godsdienst in het Midden-Oosten , edited, Bussum: Coutinho, 1991.
Islamitisch fundamentalisme , edited with Kees Wagtendonk, Bussum: Coutinho, 1986.
De Arabische Uitdaging. Europa oog in oog met een nieuwe realiteit, edited with Barry van Heijningen, Rotterdam: Ordeman, 1982.
Het Midden-Oosten en Noord-Afrika. Een politiek landenboek , edited, Weesp/Antwerpen: Het Wereldvenster/Standaard Uitgeverij, 1983.
List of scholarly journals in which articles have been published:
Apart from scholarly articles: regular book reviews and shorter contributions to:
Paul Aarts (1949) has been a lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Political Science (University of Amsterdam). Since his retirement he holds a guest appointment at this department. He was co-founder of ZemZem , a Dutch magazine on the Middle East, North Africa and Islam. He developed the 'Zeytun Academic Exchange' program with academic institutes in several Middle Eastern countries (see below 'Teaching: Cooperating With?'). He mainly writes on the Gulf countries, Saudi Arabia in particular. He has undertaken consultancy work on the Middle East for the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Security and Justice, the European Commission and other institutions. Aarts regularly contributes to public debates on matters related to the Middle East, writing op-eds and giving interviews on radio and tv.
In the media: Five lectures on the 'Arab Spring': Universiteit van Nederland (in Dutch). Five days after '9/11', Aarts debated with the writer Leon de Winter on the 'Invisible Enemy' (VPRO/VARA, in Felix Meritis, Amsterdam, 16-09-2001). For an interview (in Dutch) with Aarts, see Folia Civitatis (nr. 10, 3 November 2010). An interview on the 'Arab Spring' ("It's the economy stupid!"), see Vredesmagazine (2011, no. 3, pp. 22-25, in Dutch); on the Zeytun exchange programme, see Transfer (March 6, 2012, in Dutch). A extensive portrait, in Dutch, was published in ZemZem (2015, 11, see link below).
International relations in general and politics and economics of the Middle East in particular. Regional focus: the Middle East and North Africa,with special emphasis onthe Gulf states (Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Iran in particular). See below: PUBLICATIONS.
For research purposes he acted as one of the academic coordinators of the research project on 'Civil society in West Asia'.