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.
From Resilience to Revolt. Making Sense of the Arab
Spring. Research report commissioned by the Research and
Documentation Centre (WODC) of the Dutch Ministry of Security
and Justice (June 2012, 117 pages).
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).
Saudi Arabia Between Conservatism, Accomodation and Reform (IRP research report edited by Roel Meijer & Paul Aarts. Main contributors: Joas Wagemakers, Mariwan Kanie and Annemarie van Geel. Clingendael, July 2012.
Jort Statema & Paul Aarts, 'The Netherlands: Follow Washington, Be a Good European', in Timo Behr & Teija Tiilikainen (eds.), Northern Europe and the Making of the EU's Mediterranean and Middle East Policies. Normative Leaders or Passive Bystanders? (Ashgate 2015), pp. 91-107.
'The political economy of Saudi-Iranian relations:
present and future', in Jean-Francois Seznec & Mimi Kerk
(eds.), Industrialization in the Gulf. A socioeconomic
revolution (London/New York: Routledge, 2010), pp. 57-77
(with Joris van Duijne).
'Saudi Arabia and Iran: Less Antagonism, More Pragmatism'. In Viewpoints Special Edition, 'The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 1979-2009: Evolution of a Pivotal State', Middle East Institute, Washington, DC, pp. 62-64 (with Joris van Duijne).
'The Saudi Security Environment: Plus Ca Change...', in
Laura Guazzone & Daniela Pioppi (eds.), The Arab
State and Neo-Liberal Globalization. The Restructuring of
State Power in the Middle East (Reading: Ithaca Press,
2009), pp. 275-297 (together with Joris van Duijne).
'Kingdom with borders: the political economy of Saudi-European relations', in Madawi Al-Rasheed(ed.), Kingdom without Borders. Saudi Arabia's Political, Religious and Media Frontiers (London: Hurst, 2008), pp. 135-156 (together with Roos Meertens and Joris van Duijne).
'Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States: Continuity Amidst
Instability', in Strategic Survey 2008 , London: The
International Institute for Strategic Studies, 2008, pp.
235-245 (together with Joris van Duijne).
Paul Aarts, 'The Longevity of the House of Saud. Looking Outside the Box,' in Oliver Schlumberger (ed.), Debating Arab Authoritarianism. Dynamics and Durability in Nondemocratic Regimes (Stanford University Press, 2007), pp. 251-267.
Paul Aarts & Machteld van Rijsingen, 'Beijing's Rising Star in theGulf Region: The Near and the Distant Future', in Eckart Woerzt (ed.), Gulf Geo-Economics . Dubai: Gulf Research Center, 2007, pp. 23-58. [Also published in Journal ofGreater Middle Eastern Studies (Seoul, Korea), Vol. 1 (2008), No. 1, pp. 35-89].
'The Middle East: Eternally Out of Step with History?',
in KennethP. Thomas & Mary Ann Tétreault (eds.),
Racing to Regionalize. Democracy, Capitalism, amd
Regional Political Economy ,Boulder, Co: Lynne Rienner
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'.
Aarts, P., & van Duijne, J. (2012). Saudi Arabia after U.S.-Iranian détente: left in the lurch? In B. Rubin (Ed.), Security and stability in the Middle East. - Vol. 2: Regional security (pp. 299-316). (Critical Concepts in Military, Strategic, and Security Studies). London [etc.]: Routledge. [details]
Aarts, P., & van Duijne, J. (2011). The political economy of Saudi-Iranian relations: present and future. In J. F. Seznec, & M. Kirk (Eds.), Industrialization in the Gulf: a socioeconomic revolution (pp. 57-77). (Routledge studies in Middle Eastern economies). London: Routledge. [details]
Aarts, P., & van Duijne, J. (2008). Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States: continuity amidst instability. In Strategic Survey (pp. 235-245). (Strategic Survey; No. 108). London: The International Institute for Strategic Studies. https://doi.org/10.1080/04597230802390488[details]
Aarts, P., & van Rijsingen, M. (2008). Beijing's rising star in the Gulf Region: the near and the distant future. Journal of Greater Middle Eastern Studies, 1(1), 35-89. [details]
Aarts, P. (2020). Saudi Arabia: More Room for Wahhabism Lite? (Gulf Insights Series; No. 23). Doha: Qatar University and Gulf Studies Center.
Aarts, P., & Cavatorta, F. (2013). Civil society in Syria and Iran: activism in authoritarian contexts. Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner Publishers. [details]
Aarts, P., van Dijke, P., Kolman, I., Statema, J., & Dahhan, G. (2012). From resilience to revolt: making sense of the Arab spring. Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam, Department of Political Science. [details]
Meijer, R., Aarts, P., Wagemakers, J., Kanie, M., & Geel, A. (2012). Saudi Arabia between conservatism, accomodation and reform. The Hague: Netherlands Institute of International Relations ‘Clingendael’. [details]
Aarts, P., & van Duijne, J. (2009). Saudi Arabia and Iran: less antagonism, more pragmatism. Middle East Institute's Viewpoints, sp. iss., 62-64. [details]
Aarts, P., & van Duijne, J. (2009). The Saudi security environment: plus ça change... In L. Guazzone, & D. Pioppi (Eds.), The Arab state and neo-liberal globalization: the restructuring of state power in the Middle East (pp. 275-297). Reading: Ithaca Press. [details]
Aarts, P., Meertens, R., & van Duijne, J. (2008). Kingdom with borders: the political economy of Saudi-European relations. In M. Al-Rasheed (Ed.), Kingdom without borders: Saudi political, religious and media frontiers (pp. 135-156). London: Hurst [etc.]. [details]
Aarts, P. (2015). Meer politiek dan islam. Internationale Spectator, 69(2), . [details]
Aarts, P. (2012). Wat iedereen moet weten over de Arabische Lente [Bespreking van: M. Lynch (2012) The Arab uprising: the unfinished revolutions of the new Middle East; H. Dabashi (2012) The Arab Spring: the end of postcolonialism; A. Bayat (2012) Why did Iran’s Green Wave not feel the Arab Spring? Second Sadighi annual lecture; R. Zurayk (2011) Food, farming, and freedom: sowing the Arab Spring; R. Bush, H. Ayeb (2012) Marginality and exclusion in Egypt; J. Sowers, C. Toensing (2012) The journey to Tahrir: revolution, protest, and social change in Egypt; J. Petras (2012) The Arab revolt and the imperialist counterattack. - 2nd ed.; W.S. Yafi (2012) Inevitable democracy in the Arab world: new realities in an ancient land; J.L. Gelvin (2012) The Arab uprisings: what everyone needs to know]. ZemZem, 8(2), 100-105. [details]
Aarts, P. W. H. (Author). (2018). 'Ook na Khashoggi verandert er niets': Ondanks de vermoedelijke moord op een kritische journalist zullen de betrekkingen tussen Amerika en Saoedi-Arabië innig blijven, denkt Paul Aarts.. Web publication/site, nrc.nl.
Aarts, P. W. H. (2017). Het profiel van de terrorist bestaat niet. NRC Handelsblad.
Aarts, P. W. H. (2015). Nee, Iran heeft geen hand in de opstand in Jemen. NRC Handelsblad.
Aarts, P. W. H. (2015). Onbedoeld werd Saoedi-Arabië hofleverancier van jihadisten. NRC Handelsblad.
Aarts, P. W. H., & Hirzalla, F. (2014). Blaming the victim, dat deed minister Timmermans. NRC Handelsblad.
Aarts, P., & Luyten, M. (2011). De Arabische lente: een mistig seizoen. Socialisme en Democratie, 68(4), 7-15. [details]