Image of Arend-Jan BoekestijnArend Jan Boekestijn (1959) is a Dutch historian and former MP. He held a seat in Parliament for the Right-wing liberal VVD party from 2006 to2009.
He studied history and political science at the VU University in Amsterdam. From 1986 to 1989 he was employed at the European University Institute in Florence. In 1989 he became a lecturer at the University of Utrecht.
His main subjects are the history of European states during the 19th and 20th Century and European integration.
He's a pundit, columnist and author and self-identifies as a neo conservative. As an MP he dealt primarily with the development aid portfolio. On this subject he recently released a book, "De Prijs van een Slecht Geweten" (The Price of a Bad Conscience).
Wiki in Dutch, in English. Blog.
Posted on Politeia:
- "On the Road to Nationhood - Part I: "Losing the war is not an option" (original article in Dutch)
- "How to Put Development Aid to Work: "The Price of a Bad Conscience"(original post in Dutch)
Posted on Plein 2010 (Dutch):
- "Bezuinig op de Derde Wereld"
- NRC: "An imminent revolution in Dutch foreign aid?"