At the Political Science department, students will have plenty of opportunities to excel and develop their intellectual abilities. They will learn to think critically, logically, and creatively. Students study a variety of current issues that spark their curiosity and fulfill their desire to know more about the values, policies, and institutions that shape their lives in society. The end goal is to equip them with the best tools to become an informed and educated citizenry. Only the latter can thrive in an increasingly complex and interdependent world.
The political science department is gradually becoming one of the best in our region. We have gained recognition for our work in Middle Eastern politics, international security, and U.S foreign policy. You can check the exciting research the department and its students are engaged in by checking the website of the Wilberforce Center for Defense and Security Policy. http://www.wilberforce.edu/cdsp
Many Alumni of the political science department are currently pursuing their graduate studies at some of the best universities in the country. Some of my former students are currently in Law schools; others are working in prestigious institutions. Overall, the political science department offers an environment that is really conducive to learning. Established subfields in the department include: American Politics, International Relations, Comparative Politics, Political Philosophy, African-American Politics, Civil Rights and Civil Liberties.
Dr. Anouar Boukhars is the lead professor in the department. He teaches seminars in security issues in the Middle East, U.S foreign policy, comparative politics, political philosophy and international relations theory. Dr. Boukhars is the author of a forthcoming book and a number of articles. The latter have appeared in Strategic Insights, Journal of Conflict Studies, International Political Science Review, European Security, Terrorism Monitor, Columbia International Affairs Online and Cutting-Edge.
Dr. Boukhars has also contributed to leading newspapers in the US and the Middle East. His editorials appeared in the Arizona daily star, Tallahassee Democrat, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jacksonville Daily News, The Roanoke Times, Star-Telegram, Al-Jazeerah News, Jordan Times, Asia Times, Global Beat Syndicate and many others. Dr. Boukhars has been a guest speaker on television and radio programs in the United States and Europe. He was hailed by the Boston Globe as a leading moderate Muslim scholar.
Students at the Political Science department have many opportunities to be involved in research. As an example, the Wilberforce Center for Defense and Security Policy offers exciting internships for motivated students who are interested in gaining critical, independent analysis of the issues and policies shaping our world today. Interns become an integral part of the Center’s work, studying a variety of security issues, including the war on terrorism, U.S Middle East policy, the future of Iran, post-Saddam Iraq, and countless other topics. The Center also sponsors the best students to go and participate in conferences where they can meet their peers from the best universities of the country.
Students have also the opportunity to be involved with Dr. Anouar Boukhars and other faculty members in their research on nuclear non-proliferation. De.Andre Johnson, a political science student, had for example, presented his research on April 2 nd, 2009 in a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Capstone Workshop. The latter is one of a sequence of training activities designed by the NNSA research members to train student assistants for their success.
Special Interest Story
Justin Jefferson, a junior student at the political science department, has been awarded in May 2008 the multi-year prestigious IIPP fellowship. The Institute for International Public Policy fellowship program is a comprehensive program of summer policy institutes, study abroad, intensive language training, internships, graduate study and student services, including mentoring and career development. Justin was the first student from Wilberforce University to ever be selected for this fellowship. The selection process was rigorous and very competitive, but Justin proved that he had the intellectual capability to compete with and outdo students from the best universities in the country.
Publications by Dr. Anouar Boukhars
Politics in Morocco: Executive Monarchy and Enlightened Authoritarianism, ( To be published on June 1st 2010 by Routledge) Islamist Inclusion and Regime Persistence, Work in Progress
“Islam, Jihadism and Depoliticization in France and Germany”, International Political Science Review, Vol. 30, N.2 (Summer 2009). (Peer-Reviewed).
"The Challenge of Terrorism and Religious Extremism in Jordan,” Strategic Insights, Vol 5, Issue 4 (April 2006). (Peer-Reviewed)
"At the Crossroads: Saudi Arabia's Dilemmas," Journal of Conflict Studies, Vol. 26, No. 1 (2006) (Peer-Reviewed)
“September 11 and the Growing Euro-American Chasm over the Middle East,” Primary Author (With ODU Professor, Dr. Steve Yetiv), European Security, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Spring 2003). Peer-Reviewed)
" Somalia’s Regional Proxy War and its Internal Dynamics," Terrorism Monitor, Vol 4, No. 10 (June 29, 2006).
"Understanding Islamism in Somalia," Terrorism Monitor, Vol 4, No. 10 (May 18, 2006).
" Somalia: Africa's Horn of Anarchy," Terrorism Monitor, Vol 3, No. 25 (January 12, 2006).
"The Challenge of Radical Islam in Mauritania," Terrorism Monitor, Vol 3, No. 19 (October 7, 2005)
“The Origins of Militancy and Salafism in Morocco,” Terrorism Monitor, Vol 3, No.12 (June 17, 2005).
“A Two-level Game Analysis of the Complexities of Interstate Rivalry in the Maghreb,” Columbia International Affairs Online, May 2001
“Détente and Confrontation: The 1973 Israeli-Arab October War,” Columbia International Affairs Online, April 2001
“Decision-Making and Crisis Management in the Cuban Missile Affair,” Columbia International Affairs Online, April 2001 “Consolidation Survival: The Big Picture.” Cutting Edge, Vol. 13, No. 3, Fall 1999.
”New Initiatives in the Fight against Foodborne Illness.” Cutting Edge, Vol. 13, No. 3, Fall 1999.
“Between Radicals and Authoritarians,” Bitterlemons-international, February 12, 2009.
“The Muslim Boogeyman,” Middle East Online, October 29, 2008.
“The Vulnerability of Arab Economies?” Daily Star, October 24, 2008.
“Nicolas Sarkozy’s Foreign Policy: Old Wine in New Bottles?” Daily Star, July 15, 2008.
“Is France Next on al-Qaeda’s Hit List?” Terrorism Focus, January 29, 2008.
“ Pakistan: a Country under Siege,” Al Arabiya, December 12, 2008.
“ Egypt Looks Set to Join the Regional Dynasty Club,” The Daily Star, October 30, 2007
“ Germany’s Arrests Fuel Fear of Homegrown Terrorism,” Terrorism Focus, September 18, 2007.
“ Mauritania’s Vulnerability to Al-Qaeda’s Influence,” Terrorism Focus, July 24, 2007.
“ North Africa: The Dilemma of the Secularists,” Bitterlemons-international, June 28, 2007.
“The Threat of Islamist Terrorism to Germany,” Terrorism Monitor, April 12, 2007.
“US Foreign Policy Delivered—and Can Again” Middle East Times, December 19, 2006
“ Morocco is More Enlightened but it Does Remain Authoritarian” Lebanon Daily Star, June 30, 2006
“The Problem within Islam” Roanoke Times, October 10, 2004
“Guest Editorial: It’s Time to Build Bridges.” Graduate Studies Quarterly, July Issue, 2003.
“Hopes for Peace: No More Stereotyping.” Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, June 2003.
“Attacks in Morocco Reinforce Need for War Against Terror.” Jacksonville Daily News, May 29, 2003.
“Reality of War,” Star-Telegram, May 29, 2003.
“Muslims Must Separate US Policy From the People” Roanoke Times, May 9, 2003; Tallahassee Democrat, May 12, 2003.
“Muslim World is in an Internal Crisis” Tallahassee Democrat, March 17, 2003.
“Battle of the 21 st Century Rages Within Islam” Arizona Daily Star, March 16, 2003.
“ America and What it Stands For” The Jordan Times & Al-Jazeerah News March 6, 2003.
“The True Test of Leadership” Asia Times, February 21, 2003. “The Forgotten Conflict” Asia Times, February 8, 2003.