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Senior Research Fellow
Mehdi Amineh

 

Mehdi Amineh’s research activities in IIAS since 2002

Energy Program Asia (EPA) –IIAS
- Earlier - and current joint research programme -

Mehdi Amineh set up the Energy Programme Asia in 2002. The objectives of EPA-IIAS were twofold; it aimed to (comparatively) study the (i) Geopolitical economy of energy supply security, (ii) Energy efficiency, alternative energy resources and sustainable development for China and the European Union.
In the context of EPA-IIAS, there have been two main research programmes.
 

The First EPA Joint Research Program (2007-2011)

Domestic and Geopolitical Challenges to Energy Security for China and the European Union (2007-2011)
Between 2007 and 2011, a research program titled the ‘Domestic and Geopolitical Challenges to Energy Security for China and the EU’.  The objectives of this comparative research project were to analyze a) the geopolitical and b) the domestic aspects of energy security challenges for the European Union (EU) and China, and their impact on energy-security policy strategies. The analysis of geopolitical aspects involved research into the effects of competition for access to oil and gas resources among the main global consumer countries and its implications for the security of energy supplies of the EU and China. The domestic aspects involved analyses of domestic energy demand and supply, policies to increase energy efficiency, and estimating the prospects for the exploitation of renewable energy resources.

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) and totaled 13 scholars and 8 Europe, Canada, Dutch, and Chinese research Centers and Universities. The research program was granted 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 book volumes:

  1. The Globalization of Energy: China and the European Union (10 research papers, January 2010) and
  2. The Geopolitics of energy paths of China and the European Union (14 research papers, July 2012).


The Second EPA Joint Research Program (2013-2017)

Current project; The transnationalization of China’s Oil Industry (2013-2017)
current project is a joint research program titled the “Transnationalization of China’s Oil Industry”. 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 and 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 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 Centre 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 VU Free University Amsterdam and the International Institute for Asian Studies Leiden University.

The results of the first part of the research were published in late 2014 in Special Issues, (2014) No. 5 & 6, pp. 481-831, of the Journal Perspective on Global Development and Technology, under the title
‘The Transnationalization of  Chinese National Oil Companies and the European Union Energy Security’. Guest editors and contributors Mehdi P. Amineh (AISSR, UvA) and Yang Guang (IWAAS-CASS).

The results of the second phase of the research programme will be published as Journal Articles, as well as a book volume early 2017.

Selected Books

  • M. P. Amineh & Yang Guang (Guest Editors and contributors, 2014). ‘The Transnationalization of  Chinese National Oil Companies and the European Union Energy Security’. Perspective on Global Development and Technology. The 13 th Special Issue, No. 5 & 6, pp. 481-831
  • Secure Oil and Alternative Energy: The Geopolitics of Energy Paths of China and The European Union , (Editor and Contributor with Yang Guang), Leiden-Boston-London, Brill Academic Publishers, 2012 
  • Globalization of Energy: China and the European Union, (Editor with Yang Guang), Leiden-Boston-London, Brill Academic Publishers, 2010      
  • State, Society and International Relations in Asia, (Editor and Contributor), Amsterdam , Amsterdam University Press, 2010   
  • 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).  
  • The Greater Middle East in Global Politics: Social Science Perspectiveon the Changing Geography of the World Politics (Editor and Contributor), in the specialissue of the Journal 'Perspectives on Global Development and Technology (PGDT), vol. 1-3, no. 6, (2007).  
  • Central Eurasia in Global Politics: Conflict, Security and Development, (with Henk Houweling ) (Editorsand Contributors) ( Leiden , Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, 2005). ' SECOND EDITION '  
  • Central Eurasia in Global Politics: Conflict, Security and Development, (with Henk Houweling ) (Editor and Contributors) ( Leiden , Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, 2004).  
  • Globalisation, Geopolitics and Energy Security in Central Eurasia and the Caspian Region, ( The Hague : Clingendael International Energy Program, 2003). 
  • Towards the Control of Oil Resources in the Caspian Region, (New York: St. Martin's Press Inc, 1999; reprint edition: 2000).

 

Selected chapters in books and articles

  • M.P. Amineh and Shmuel N. Eisenstadt, (2015) “The Iranian Revolution: The Multiple Context of the Iranian Revolution”, in Gerhard Preyer and Michael Sussman, (Eds.) Varieties of Multiple Modernities: New Research Design, International Comparative Social Sciences-Series: 33), (Boston-Leiden: 2015).M. P. Amineh & G. Yang (2014). “ Geopolitics of Transnationalization of Chinese National Oil Companies”. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 13 (5-6), 495-535.

  • M. P. Amineh & Wina H. J. Crijns-Graus (2014). “ Rethinking EU-Energy Security Considering Past Trends and Future Prospects. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, “13 (5-6), 757-825. 

  • M. P. Amineh & G. Yang (2014). “ Geopolitics of Transnationalization of Chinese National Oil Companies”. Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 13 (5-6), 495-535.

  • `China’s and the European Union’s energy security challenges in the twenty-first century’, in M. P. Amineh and Yang Guang, Secure Oil and Alternative Energy: The Geopolitics of Energy Paths of China and The European Union, , Leiden-Boston-London, Brill Academic Publishers, 2012, pp. 1-38.

  •  ` Authoritarian Persistence and Barriers to Democracy in the Muslim Middle East: Beyond Cultural Essentialism' in E. Ben-Rafael & E. Sternberg (eds.) World religions and Multilateralism- A Dialectic Relations, Leiden-Boston-London, Brill Academic Publishers, 2010, pp. 152-192.   
  • `Tapping Global Energy Stock: Energy Security Challengesfor the European Union and China ', in Globalization ofEnergy: China and the European Union ,(Editor with Yang Guang), Leiden-Boston-London, Brill Academic Publishers,2010, pp. 3-29.    
  • ` China and the Transformation of the Post-Cold War Geopolitics',in State, Society andInternational Relations in Asia, (Editor and Contributor M. Parvizi Amineh), Amsterdam , Amsterdam University Press, 2010, pp. 215-271.  
  • `Iran Social Revolt and protests for change', IIAS-Newsletter 53 , Spring, 2010, pp. 6-7).    
  • `Tapping Global Energy Stocks, Energy Security Asia/Europa', IIAS-Newsletter 52 , Summer, 2009, pp. 27.  
  • `Eurasia Central en el marco energético y geopolítico global' in Alex Gonzalez etc. Asia Central y la seguridad energética global. Nuevos actores y dinámicas en Asia Central (Barcelonia: Editorial Bellaterra, 2008).  
  • ` Introduction: Theoretical and Methodological Approaches to the Study of the Greater Middle East', in Mehdi Parvizi Amineh (ed.) The Greater Middle East in Global Politics: Social SciencesPerspectives on the Changing Geography of the World Politics, special issue of the Journal Perspectives on Global Development and Technology , for vol. 6-, no. 1-3, (2007).   
  • `IR- Theory and transformations in the Greater Middle East: The U.S. Role', with H. Houweling, inMehdi Parvizi Amineh (ed.) The Greater Middle East in Global Politics: SocialSciencesPerspectives on the Changing Geography of the World Politics, specialissueofthe Journal Perspectives on Global Development and Technology , for vol. 6-, no. 1-3, (2007).  
  • ` The Iranian Revolution -The Multiple Contexts of the Iranian Revolution' with Shmuel Noah Eisenstadt, in Mehdi Parvizi Amineh (ed.) The Greater Middle East in Global Politics: Social Sciences Perspectives on the Changing Geography of the World Politics special issue of the JournalPerspectives on Global Development and Technology , for vol. 6-, no. 1-3, (2007). 
  • ` Global Energy Security and Its Geopolitical Impediments-The Case of the Caspian Region', with Henk Houweling , in Mehdi Parvizi Amineh (ed.) The Greater Middle East in Global Politics: Social Sciences Perspectives on the Changing Geography of the World Politics, in special issue of the Journal Perspectives on Global Development and Technology , for vol. 6-, no. 1-3, (2007).
  • Challenges of Modernity: TheCase ofPolitical Islam,inMehdi Parvizi Amineh (ed.) The Greater Middle East in Global Politics: Social Sciences Perspectives on the Changing Geography of the World Politics, special issueof the Journal Perspectives on Global Development and Technology , for vol. 6-, no. 1-3, (2007).    
  • 'China: Energie, Macht en Geopolitiek', in AGORA, Tijdschrift voor Sociaal-Ruimtelijke Vraagstukken, Uterct, Jaargang 23, nummer 5, 2007.
  • `The Great Game' Continued: Central Eurasia and the Caspian Region Fossil Fuel', with Xuetang Guo,Newsletter 45 , (Autumn2007).
  • `Global EnergySecurityand its Impediments -The case of the Caspian Region', in DAXIYANGGUO-Revista Portuguesa de Estudos Asiáticos, Instituto Superior de Ci ê ncias Sociais e Politicas, Universidade T é cnica de Lisboa, Instituto Do Oriente, No.9 September2006
  • `China: Macht und die Sicherheit der Energieversorgung' Wissenschaft und Frieden , Bonn, 3/2006, pp. 21-24.
  • ` Die Politik der USA, der EU und Chinas in Zentralasien' Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte, Beilage zu Das Parlament, Bonn, Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte:4/2006.
  • `The Resource Cures: Oil-Based Development in Central Asia ', IIAS-Newsletter 42 , (October 2006).
  • Central and EastAsia inSearch of Geopolitical Security, (with Kurt W. Radtke) in Journal of Asia-Pacific Studies,   ( Tokyo : Waseda University ) (No. 8, October 2005). 
  • 'The Crisis in IR-Theory: Towards a Critical Geo-politics Approach', in Amineh, Mehdi Parvizi and Henk Houweling , (eds.), Central Eurasia in GlobalPolitics: Conflict, Security and Development ( Leiden , Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, 2005), pp. 1-21. 'Second Edition'
  • 'American Power Projections: From Colonization to Globalisation', in Amineh, Mehdi Parvizi and Henk Houweling , (eds.), Central Eurasia in Global Politics: Conflict, Security and Development ( Leiden , Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, 2005), pp. 25-76. 'Second Edition'.
  • 'Caspian Oil and Gas Resources and the Global Market', in Amineh, MehdiParviziandHenk Houweling , (eds.), Central Eurasia in Global Politics: Conflict, Security and Development ( Leiden , Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, 2005), pp. 77-92. 'Second Edition'.
  • 'The US and the EU in CEA: Relations with Regional Powers', in Amineh, Mehdi Parvizi and Henk Houweling , (eds.), Central Eurasia in Global Politics: Conflict, Security and Development ( Leiden , Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, 2005), pp. 207-233. 'Second Edition'.
  • 'De Verenigde Staten en de Europese Unie in Centraal Eurasië. Relaties met regionale mogendheden', in internationale spectator, jaargang59 - no. 1 ( The Hague : Institute Clingendael, January 2005), pp. 24-29.
  • 'Power and Energy Supply Security in China ' , IIAS-Newsletter 37 , (July 2005).
  • 'Globalisation and Islam - Challenges of Modernity', in Erich Reiter (ed.) Jahrbuch für Internationale Sicherheitspolitik, (Hamburg,Berlin, Bonn: MITTLER, 2004), pp. 211-229.
  • 'All on the Way to 'Capitalism American Style'?', (with Henk Houweling ), Review Essay, inComparative Sociology , Volume 3, issues 3-4 ( Leiden and Boston : Brill Academic Publishers: 2004).
  • Study on energy supply, security and geopolitics, EU-Tender delivered totheEuropean Union with Prof. dr. Coby vandeLinde, director Clingendael International Energy Programme (CIEP), Aad Correlje, Dick de Jong and Kurt Radtke)  (January 2004), This report was prepared for DGTRN, Contract number TREN/C1-06-2002, ETAP Programme.
  • 'Demokratisierung und ihre Feinde in Iran', Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte , Beilage zu Das Parlament, Bonn, B 9/2004, (Februar 2004), pp. 25-29.
  • 'Towards Rethinking Geopolitics',in CentralEurasian Studies Review (CESR), vol 3: No.1, (Cambridge : Central Eurasian Studies Society (EUSS), 2004), pp. 7-8.
  • 'Globalisation, the State System and Regionalism: Analysing post-Cold War Security, Development and Democracy in the Mediterranean Region' (co-authored with John Grin), in Hans Gunter Brauch, Antonio Marquina, Mahmmed Selim, Peter H. Liotta, Paul Rogers (eds.) Security and the Environment in the Mediterranean in the20th Century - Conceptualising Security and Environmental Conflicts(Berlin etal: Springer, 2003).
  • 'The Crisis in IR-Theory: Towards aCritical Geo-politics Approach', in Amineh, Mehdi Parvizi and Henk Houweling , (eds.), Central Eurasia in Global Politics: Conflict, Security and Development, special issue of the Journal Perspectives on Global Development and Technology , vol. 2, no. 4 ( Leiden , Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, December 2003).
  • 'American Power Projections: From Colonization to Globalisation', in Amineh, Mehdi Parvizi and Henk Houweling , (eds.), Central Eurasia inGlobalPolitics: Conflict, Security and Development, special issue of the Journal Perspectives on Global Development and Technology , vol. 2, no. 4 ( Leiden , Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, December 2003), chapter 1.
  • 'Caspian Oil and Gas Resources and the GlobalMarket', in Amineh, Mehdi Parvizi and Henk Houweling , (eds.), Central Eurasia in Global Politics: Conflict, Security and Development, special issue of the Journal Perspectives on Global Development and Technology , vol. 2,no.4 ( Leiden , Boston : Brill AcademicPublishers, December 2003), chapter 2.
  • 'The US and the EU in CEA: Relations withRegional Powers', in Amineh,Mehdi Parvizi and Henk Houweling , (eds.), Central Eurasia in Global Politics: Conflict, Security and Development, special issue of the Journal Perspectives on Global Development and Technology , vol.   2, no. 4 ( Leiden , Boston : Brill Academic Publishers, December 2003), Chapter 8.
  • `RethinkingGeopolitics in Central Eurasia ', IIAS-NEWSLETTER 32 , (November 2003).
  • 'Caspian Energy: A viable alternative to the Persian Gulf?'EIAS-Briefing Papers 03/02, ( Brussels : The European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS), 2003).
  • 'Rethinking Geopolitics: Energy Security in the Eurasian Heartland in the 21st Century', in World Affairs , Special Issue, No.1, 216 (07), ( Ulaanbaatar : School of Foreign Service , National University of Mongolia : 2003), pp. 5-85.
  • 'Impact of the CaspianEnergySupply on the Global Market', Atlantish Perspectief , volume 27, no. 7/8, 2003, ( The Hague : Netherlands Atlantic Association), pp. 27-33.   
  • 'Sicherheit und Entwicklung in Eurasien- neue Gedanken zur Geopolitik im Zeltalter der Globalisierung', in Erich Reiter (Hrg.) Jahrbuch für internationale Sicherheitspolitik , (Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn: Mittler, 2002), pp. 267-301.
  • 'Konflikt und Kooperation um die Kontrolle der Erdölressourcen in der Post-Sowjetischen Region Eurasien: Türkei, Iran und Russland' inErich Reiter (Hrg.) Jahrbuch für internationale Sicherheitspolitik ,(Hamburg, Berlin, Bonn:Mittler, 2000:) pp. 575-620.   
  • 'Post-Soviet Geopolitics in Central Eurasia', IIAS-Newsletter-29 , (November 2002).
  • 'Kazakhstan: een historisch,cultureel en politiek overzicht van de Republiek Kazakhstan', bijdrage voor de toespraak van hare Majesteit de Koninginder Nederlanden, ter gelegenheid van het Staatsbezoek aan President Nazerbaiev van Kazakhstan, op 27 november 2002.   
  • 'Eurasia in Transition', in Development Issues: Institute of Social Studies , Volume 4, no. 2, (August 2002).    
  • 'Geopolitiek van energiebronnen in de Kaspische regio' (Geopolitics of energy sources in the Caspian Sea Region), in Internationale Spectator , LVI - no. 2 (February 2002), pp. 81-89.    
  • 'Der Islam und die Iranische Revolution (1978/79)' Aus Politik und Zeitgeschichte , Beilage zu Das Parlament, Bonn, B19/99, (Mai, 2000), pp. 14-26.
  • 'Unfinished Passive Revolution and Capitalist Development in Underdevelopment Areas of Global Capitalist System',Working Paper, No. 52, Amsterdam International Studies: Department of InternationalRelations andPublicLaw ,University of Amsterdam , (1998), pp. 45. Encyclopedias Articles
  • ' Azerbaijan ', in Encyclopaedia of the World's Minorities (EWM) (2004), Carl Skutsch (Project Editor)(New York and London : Routledge).
  • 'Frantz Fanon' in Encyclopaedia of the World's Minorities (EWM) (2004), Carl Skutsch (Project Editor) ( New York and London : Routledge).
  • 'Tajikistan ', in Encyclopaedia of the World's Minorities (EWM) (2004),Carl Skutsch (Project Editor) ( New York and London : Routledge).
  • ' Turkmenistan ', Encyclopaedia of the World's Minorities (EWM) (2004), Carl Skutsch (Project Editor) ( New York and London : Routledge).
  • 'United Nations Working Group on Minorities', in Encyclopaedia of World's Minorities (EWM), (2004) Carl Skutish (Project Editor), ( New York and London : Routledge).  
  • 'United Nations Working Group on Indigenous Populations', in Encyclopaedia of World's Minorities(EWM), (2004) Carl Skutish (Project Editor), ( New York and London : Routledge).    
  • 'UnitedNations Draft Declaration on IndigenousPeoples', in Encyclopaedia of World's Minorities(EWM), (2004) Carl Skutish (Project Editor), ( New York and London : Routledge)    
  • ' Armenia ', Worldmark Encyclopaediaof NationalEconomies (WENE), Pendergast, Sara and Tom Pendergast (eds.),4 vols.( FarmingtonHills , MI : Gale Group,2002).    
  • ' Ukraine ', Worldmark Encyclopaedia of National Economies (WENE), Pendergast, Sara and Tom Pendergast (eds.), 4 vols., ( FarmingtonHills , MI : Gale Group, 2002).    
  • 'ASEAN Free Trade Area',in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (REIPE), R.J.B. Jones (ed.), vol. 1 (London and New York: Routledge, 2001), p. 43. 
  • 'Authoritarian State', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (REIPE), R.J.B. Jones(ed.),vol. 1(London and New York: Routledge, 2001), pp. 56-57.    
  • 'Bonapartism', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (REIPE), R.J.B. Jones (ed.), vol. 1 ( London and New York : Routledge, 2001), pp. 88-89.
  • 'Determinism, methodological', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy(REIPE), R.J.B. Jones (ed.), vol. 1 ( London and New York : Routledge, 2001), pp. 328-330.    
  • 'Export of Capital', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (REIPE), R.J.B. Jones (ed.), vol. 1 ( London and New York : Routledge, 2001), p. 508.    
  • 'First World', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (REIPE), R.J.B. Jones(ed.), vol.1(London and New York: Routledge, 2001), p. 548.
  • 'Group 77', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International PoliticalEconomy (REIPE), R.J.B.Jones (ed.), vol. 1 (London and New York: Routledge, 2001), pp. 648-649.  
  • 'International Atomic Energy Agency' (IAEA), in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (REIPE), R.J.B. Jones (ed.),vol.1 ( London and New York : Routledge, 2001), p. 796.  
  • 'International Fund for Agricultural Development', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (REIPE), R.J.B. Jones (ed.), vol. 1 ( London and New York : Routledge,2001), p. 803. 
  • 'Interstate System', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (REIPE), R.J.B. Jones (ed.),vol. 1(London and New York : Routledge, 2001), pp. 841-842.    
  • 'Islamic Development Bank', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (REIPE), R.J.B. Jones (ed.), vol. 1 (London and New York: Routledge, 2001), p. 852.    
  • 'Nationalisation', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (REIPE), R.J.B. Jones (ed.), vol. 1 ( London and New York : Routledge, 2001), p. 1085.    
  • 'Social Organisation of Production', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy(REIPE),R.J.B. Jones (ed.), vol. 1 ( LondonandNew York : Routledge, 2001), p. 1421.    
  • 'Transition Theorists', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of InternationalPolitical Economy (REIPE), R.J.B. Jones (ed.), vol. 1 ( London and New York : Routledge, 2001), p. 1597.
  • 'United Nations Centre for Transnational Corporations', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (REIPE), R.J.B. Jones (ed.), vol. 1 (London and New York: Routledge, 2001), pp. 1634-1635.
  • 'World Economy', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (REIPE),R.J.B.Jones (ed.), vol. 1 ( London and New York : Routledge, 2001), pp. 1706-1707.
  • 'World Order', in Routledge Encyclopaedia of International Political Economy (REIPE), R.J.B. Jones (ed.), vol. 1 ( London and New York : Routledge,2001), pp. 1708-1710.

Field

  • Political sciences
  • International Political Economy

Country of origin

The Netherlands

Period of stay at IIAS

01/09/2007 to 31/03/2018

Research topic

Domestic and Geopolitical Challenges to Energy Security for, China and the European Union

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