Dr. Anouar Boukhars

Professor of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism

Anouar Boukhkars, Professor of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent ExtremismAs a professor of counterterrorism and countering violent extremism, Dr. Anouar Boukhars leads and manages an executive-level portfolio focused on curriculum development, research, education, and program implementation. In this capacity, he works closely with African government and nongovernmental security sector leaders on activities and programs relating to counterterrorism and countering violent extremism. His research focuses on the dynamics of radicalization and violent extremism in Africa. 

Prior to joining the Africa Center, he was a nonresident fellow in the Middle East Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and an associate professor of international relations at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Over the past 10 years, Boukhars has served on several advisory boards and committees on the Sahel and North Africa, including at the African Peacebuilding Network at the Social Science Research Council. From August 2015 to July 2017, Boukhars served at the Institute for Peace and Security Studies in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as lead facilitator of its flagship program, the Executive Masters in Managing Peace and Security in Africa.

His publications have appeared in the Journal of Conflict Studies, the International Political Science Review, Middle Eastern Studies, the Africa Center for Strategic Studies’ Africa Security Brief, European Security, Journal of the Middle East and Africa, Counter Terrorism Center Sentinel, World Politics Review, Al Jazeera Center for Studies, Orient, and Terrorism Monitor. He routinely conducts fieldwork in Africa and consults frequently for the African Union, World Bank, United Nations, U.S. State Department, and European governments. 

Dr. Boukhars holds a Ph.D. in international studies from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia; an M.A. in applied humanities from Al Akhaweyn University in Ifrane, Morocco; and a B.A. in English literature from Ibn Tofail University in Kenitra, Morocco.

Areas of Expertise

Counterterrorism, Countering Violent Extremism, Radicalization


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