When Dr. Aridan received his Ph.D. in History from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, he fulfilled his childhood dream of becoming an historian. Since his Aliya in 1980 he has worked at the Ben-Gurion Research Institute, which he considers his 'spiritual home' he has dedicated himself to furthering the dialogue between Israelis and Diaspora Jews.
This goal is also reflected in his teaching and research on the relationship between Israeli diplomatic missions and overseas Jewish communities. This, he claims, is a fascinating field that has remained inexplicably and conspicuously terra incognita.
Dr. Aridan is currently writing a book on 'Dilemmas & Critical Decisions of Israel's Diplomats and Diaspora Jewry in Lobbying Support for the State of Israel, 1948-1973'.
He is a recipient of Israel Science Foundation grant for 2012-2014.
Forthcoming book: Diplomats and Lobbyists: Advocating for Israel - From Truman to Nixon (Rowman & Littlefield-Lexington Books, 2017).
The Making of Israeli Foreign Policy, co-edited with Gabriel Sheffer, Special Issue Israel Studies (15.3) Fall 2010.
Israel-Diaspora Relations, Israel Studies, co-edited with Gabriel Sheffer, Special Issue Israel Studies 10.1 (Spring, 2005).
Britain, Israel and Anglo-Jewry, 1949-1957 (Routledge, London, 2004). book cover & contents
“Israel's Refusal to Endorse the American Friends of Israel (1956)" Israel Studies (15.3) Fall 2010.
“Henry Kissinger and the Yom Kippur War – Selected Primary Documents From the United States National Archives", Moshe Shemesh and Ze'ev Drori (eds) National Trauma - The Yom Kippur War: A Retrospective of Thirty Years and Another War (Sede Boker, 2008).
“Anglo-Jewry and Zionism in British Elections," Cherrick Center for the Study of Zionism ,the Yishuv and the State of Israel, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2008).
“The Role of the Anglo-Jewish Community in Anglo-Israel Relations",
in The Encycopedia of the Jewish Diaspora, ABC-CLIO (California, 2006).
“Anglo-Jewry and the State of Israel: Defining the Relationship, 1948-1956",
Israel Studies, 10.1 (Spring, 2005).
“The Issue of Dual Loyalties: Anglo-Jewry's Suez Crisis" Jewish Journal of Sociology, (Autumn, 2005).
“Britain and the Gaza Raid", in Golani, M. (ed.), The Gaza Raid and the Israeli Policy of Retaliation during the Fifties", (Tel-Aviv, 1994).
Israeli Diplomacy and Foreign Policy
Editor, Israel Studies, co-sponsored with The Schusterman Center for Israel Studies Brandeis University published by Indiana University Press.