Dr Farid Boussaid is a Lecturer at the Department of Political Science at the University of Amsterdam. He completed his doctorate at the University of Oxford (Oriental Studies Faculty). He obtained a Master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the University of Oxford and a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the London School of Economics. He holds a BA in Political Science and in Economics from the University of Amsterdam. He has five years of work experience as a policy advisor at the Dutch Ministry of Finance, working mainly on development policy, World Bank and IMF related issues.
Given his interdisciplinary background, he focuses on the intersection between, history, economics and politics. His PhD was on the historic evolution of state-business relations in Morocco. His current research interests are South-South cooperation during the Cold War. He is exploring the different trajectories Middle East and North African governments followed in positioning themselves during the early period of the Cold War. His current focus is the role of North African states in the UN mission during the Congo crisis of 1960-61. In addition, he is working on intelligence and military cooperation between North African and Middle Eastern states during the late 1970s.
The Middle East; history, politics and economics (FGW, BA)
Comparative politics of North Africa (FMG, BA)
International Political Economy (FMG, BA)
Political Economy of Development: the role of the IMF and the World Bank (FMG, MA)
Political Economy of the Middle East (FMG, BA)
Political Economy (Law, PPLE)
Zeytun Exchange Programme
Since September 2015, he is the coordinator of the UvA Zeytun exchange programme. This exchange programme fosters student exchanges between the UvA and universities across the Middle East.