Rafik Ben Abdessalem Bouchlaka received B.A. degree in Philosophy from Mohammed V University in Rabat, Morocco, and PhD in Politics and International Relations from the University of Westminster in 2003. While in London, he founded the Maghreb Center for Research and Translation, and chaired the London Platform for Dialogue. He was also a visiting scholar at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies.
He worked as a Senior Researcher and as the Head of the Research and Studies Office at the Al Jazeera Center for Studies. From 1987 to 1990, Abdessalem was a member of the executive office of the Union Générale des Etudiants de Tunisie (UGET). He is a member of the Centre Union Process.
In 2011, he was appointed as the Minister of Foreign Affairs under the Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali and held the post until 2013.He has published two books titled “In Religion: Secularism and Democracy” and “United States of America: Between Hard Power and Soft Power”.