Boukhars is a nonresident fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program. He is an associate professor of international relations at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland.
Anouar Boukhars is a nonresident fellow in Carnegie’s Middle East Program and associate professor of international relations at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Boukhars is a former fellow at the Brookings Doha Center and author of Politics in Morocco: Executive Monarchy and Enlightened Authoritarianism (Routledge, 2010). He is also a co-editor of Perilous Desert: Sources of Saharan Insecurity (Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2013) with Frederic Wehrey, and Perspectives on Western Sahara: Myths, Nationalisms and Geopolitics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2013) with Jacques Roussellier. His other publications have appeared in a number of outlets, including the Journal of Conflict Studies, International Political Science Review, European Security, Terrorism Monitor, and Columbia International Affairs Online.
The G5 Sahel Joint Force shows that improvised security initiatives are becoming more common in Africa.
Among jihadi groups in the Sahel, strategic gains not religion often determine a militant’s affiliation.
Rebels often adopt Salafi jihadism as a strategic choice to gain competitive advantages.
Algeria’s regime regards “quietist” Salafism as a useful ally in the fight against more violent and politicized Salafists.
Morocco’s Salafists continue to maneuver uneasily between quietism and greater activism.
In Tunisia, the army has increasingly been called on to fulfill roles traditionally reserved for the civilian security organs, raising concerns about the role of the Tunisian military in providing security.