Amineh studied Political Science and International Relations at the University of Amsterdam, where he also obtained his Ph.D (in 1998).
Amineh's area studies are concentrated in Central and East Asia, the European Union, and the Middle East. His current research focuses on three main fields: (1) the (geo-)political economy of energy security, mainly with focuses on the European Union and China, (2) state, society, and international relations in Central-Eurasia and the Middle East, and (3) Islam and modernity, including the origins, development, and domestic/global impacts of politicized Islam.
Amineh has been involved in teaching activities since 2000. His current teaching areas include:
1. Energy and Geopolitical Economy in Eurasia.
2. Political Economy of Energy (Master Research Project)
3. Security and Geopolitics in the Middle East and Central Eurasia
4. Globalization and Islam
5. International Political Economy
6. Introduction to International Relations
Editorial Board, Populism (a peer-reviewed international journal), Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Editorial Committee, AUSTRAL - Brazilian Journal of Strategic & International Relations, The University Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFSGS) and the Brazilian Center for International Relations and Strategic Studies (NERINT) and the research center of the Latin American Institute for Advanced Studies (ILEA/UFRGS).
Editor-in-Chief, International Comparative Social Studies (ICSS) (a peer-reviewed-) Book-Series, Brill Academic Publishers, Inc, Netherlands.
Editorial Board, Perspectives on Global Development and Technology (PGDT), (a peer-reviewed journal)-Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Book-Review Editor, Comparative Sociology (CoSo), (a peer-reviewed international journal), Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
Adjunct Lecturer, Amsterdam School for International Relations (ASIR), UvA.
Senior Research Fellow and Program Director of the Energy Programme Asia, International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS), Leiden, the Netherlands
Associate Senior Fellow, Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIPE), The Hague, the Netherlands
Affiliated Fellow, Amsterdam International School for Social Science Research (AISSR), University of Amsterdam UvA.
Adjunct Professor of International Relations, Webster University, Leiden, the Netherlands
Senior Lecturer, Graduate School of Social Science (ISHSS/GSSS), Amsterdam, University of Amsterdam (UvA).
Amineh's research is generally focused on comparative geo-political economics and comparative political studies of Central and East Asia (with focus on China), the Middle East, and the European Union (with a specific focus on energy research in the EU case).
Since 1998, Amineh’s research has developed in four phases:
1. Between 1998 and 2005
In the context of several research projects, the main focus was the study of the post-Cold War geo-political economy, international relations, and the states and societies of the former Soviet republics of Central Eurasia, in particular the study of the geopolitical economy of conflict and cooperation between major state-powers, as well as competition among international oil companies for the access and control of oil and gas resources in the Central Eurasian region.
The results of the research were published in four peer-reviewed books (of which two are monographs), and 13 peer-review articles. The following research institutes were involved in these activities: the Clingendael International Energy Program (CIEP), the Clingendael Institute of International Relations, the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) of Leiden University, the Middle East Technical University of Ankara, Turkey, the Central Asian Studies Department of the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, UK, the Institute of Eurasian and Russian Studies of Carleton University, Canada, the Institute of Slavic, East Europe, and Eurasian Studies of Berkeley, University of California, USA, the University of Birmingham, UK, the World Bank Office in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, the Institute of Asia Pacific Studies of Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan, the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam, and the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague.
2. Between 2005 and 2007
In 2005, Amineh started a new research program called the Greater Middle East in Global Politics: Social Science Perspective on the Changing Geography of World Politics. The main aim of this research was to study factors (both external as well as domestic and regional) that might explain: (1) the persistence of authoritarian regimes, and (2) the failure and/or fragmentation of nation-state-building, development, and democratic transitions, which cause the rise and activities of powerful Islamic radical movements with their transnational networks and participants. These developments caused permanent chronic developmental crises and wars between and within both states and the inter- connected societies of the Greater Middle East, including Central Eurasia.
For this project, the following centers and universities were involved: the Department of Politics and International Relations of the Open University, UK, The Institute of Eurasian and Russian Studies of Carleton University, Canada, the Institute of Political Science and IR of the University of Algiers, Algeria, The Jerusalem Van Leer Institute, Israel, the Clingendael International Energy Program of the Clingendael Institute of International Relations, the Department of Political Science of the University of Amsterdam, the South Asia Studies Centre of the University of Rajasthan in Jaipur, India, the Center for International and Regional Studies of Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Qatar, The Marshall Centre in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, the Mills College of Oakland, USA, the International Studies Program of the University of Regina, Canada, the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, UK, the Department of Economics of the University of Adelaide, Australia, the Institute of History of Academic and Social Sciences in Uzbekistan, and the School of Management Euromed in Marseilles, France. The results of the research were published in a peer-reviewed books (of which two are monographs), and 16 peer-review articles.
3. From 2007 until September 2011
In 2006, Amineh set up a research program entitled Energy Programme Asia (EPA) at the International Institute for Asian Studies (IIAS) of Leiden University. The objectives of EPA-IIAS
were twofold; it aimed to study (1) the geopolitical economy of energy supply security and (2) energy efficiency, alternative energy resources, and sustainable development for China and the European Union.
In the context of EPA, between 2007 and 2011, Amineh designed and managed a research program titled the "Domestic and Geopolitical Challenges to Energy Security for China and the EU." This joint research program was a collaboration between the Energy Program Asia and the Institute of Asian and African Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) with 13 scholars and eight European, Canadian, Dutch, and Chinese research centers and universities. The research program was provided grants by the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Social Sciences (KNAW), CASS, and IIAS. The results of this program were published in two edited peer-reviewed volumes and 26 research papers (2010, 2012).
4. The fourth phase: 2013 to 2017
Amineh’s current project is a joint research program titled the “Transnationalization of China’s Oil Industry: Company strategies, embedded projects, and relations with institutions and stakeholders in resource-rich countries." This joint comparative research project analyses China’s increasing involvement with governments, local institutions, and local stakeholders in the energy sectors of a number of resource-rich countries in Africa, Asia and Latin America (notably Sudan, Ghana, Saudi-Arabia, Iraq, Iran, Venezuela, and Brazil).
The project seeks to determine patterns of interaction between China’s national institutions and companies, their relationship with foreign investment projects, and the extent to which they are embedded in the local economies of their host countries. China’s huge demand for resources and its novel, professedly non-political approach to investment (including tied aid, loans, and trading credits) sets it apart from European international practices. The effects of trade and investments in resource-rich economies and societies, many of which are managed by China’s state-owned oil companies, require further analysis of transactions, flows of capital, employment, income-generation and other important variables. The main hypothesis is that there exists a growing symbiosis between enterprises, local institutions, and China’s company and government behavior, differing significantly from country to country. The main reason for this is the differing institutional context, and place and time-specific economic opportunities for investment and involvement. Analysis of these investments and running operations can provide important insights into the local effects of bilateral and global energy cooperation, and the learning curves of international and local oil companies.
The joint research program is a result of cooperation between the Institute of West Asian and African Studies IWAAS-CASS of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences and the Energy Program Asia of IIAS. The joint research program is granted by the Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the Chinese Academy of Social Science (CASS), and IIAS of Leiden University. The core team entails 12 principal researchers, who will present individual studies on various aspects surrounding different countries as case studies. The interdisciplinary research project is managed by Amineh (the Energy Program Asia-IIAS/UvA) and Prof. Yang Guang (Institute of West Asian and African Studies - CASS) in cooperation with the following Chinese/CASS and Dutch research centers and universities: the Institute of Industrial Economy-CASS (IIE), the Institute of Latin American Studies-CASS (ILAS), the Institute of Russian, East European & Central Asian Studies-CASS (IREECAS), the Center for Latin American Studies/CEDLA, the Department of Politics and Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology of the University of Amsterdam, the Institute for Environmental Studies of Free University Amsterdam (VU), and the International Institute for Asian Studies of Leiden University.
The results of the first part of the research were published in 2014 as the following:
Amineh, M.P. Yang Guang (Authors and Eds. 2104). Transnationalization of Chinese National
Oil Companies and the European Union Energy Security’. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. The 13th Special Issue, No. 5 & 6, pp. 481-831.
The results of the second part of the research were published respectively in 2017 and 2018 in the following publications:
Amineh, M.P. & Yang Guang (Editor and contributors, 2017). Geopolitical Economy of Energy and Environment: China and the European Union. (International Comparative Social Studies; Vol. 36). Boston-Leiden: Brill.
Amineh, M.P., (Guest Editor and contributors) “Energy and Environment in China and the European Union”, Special Issues: African and Asian, Studies, volume 17: 1-204, 2018.
• M.P. Amineh, M.P. (Guest Editor and contributor): Energy and Environment: The European Union and China, Special Issues: African and Asian Studies, Studies, volume 17: 1-204, 2018.
• M.P. Amineh, M.P. and Yang Guang 2017, (Authors and Eds). Geopolitical Economy of Energy and Environment: China and the European Union”. Series: International Comparative Social Studies. Volume 36. Boston-Leiden: The Brill Publishing. Pp: ixxvi- 512.
• M. P. Amineh & Yang Guang (Guest Editors and contributors, 2014). "The Transnationalization of Chinese National Oil Companies and the European Union Energy Security." Perspectives on Global Development and Technology. The 13th Special Issue, No. 5 & 6, pp. 481-831.
• M. P. Amineh & Yang Guang, Secure Oil and Alternative Energy, the Geopolitics of Energy Paths of China and the European Union, (Editor and Contributor), International Comparative Social Sciences (ICSS)-Book-Series, Vol. 27 (Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2012).
• M. P. Amineh. State, Society and International Relations in Asia, Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, (Editor and Contributor), (Amsterdam, Amsterdam University Press, 2010)
• M. P. Amineh & Yang Guang , The Globalization of Energy, the European Union and China, (Editor and Contributor), International Comparative Social Sciences (ICSS)-Book-Series, Vol. 21 (Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2010).
• M. P. Amineh, The Greater Middle East in Global Politics: Social Science Perspective on the Changing Geography of the World Politics (Editor and Contributor), (Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2007)
• M. P. Amineh & Henk Houweling, Central Eurasia in Global Politics: Conflict, Security and Development, (with Henk Houweling) (Editors and Contributors) (Leiden, Boston: Brill Academic Publishers, 2005). ‘Second Edition’
• M. P. Amineh, Globalisation, Geopolitics and Energy Security in Central Eurasia and the Caspian Region, (The Hague: Clingendael International Energy Program, 2003)
• M. P. Amineh, Towards the Control of Oil Resources in the Caspian Region, (New York: St. Martin’s Press Inc., 1999; reprint edition: 2000).
• M. P. Amineh. Die Globale Kapitalistische Expansion und Iran: (1500-1980): Eine Studie der Iranischen Politischen Ökonomie, (Hamburg-London: Lit-Verlag, 1999).