|Minister of Foreign Affairs|
20 December 2011 – 14 March 2013
|Prime Minister||Hamadi Jebali|
|Preceded by||Mouldi Kefi|
|Succeeded by||Othman Jerandi|
|Born||1967 (age 49–50)|
|Alma mater||Mohammed V University]|
From 1987 to 1990, Abdessalem was a member of the executive office of the Union Générale des Etudiants de Tunisie (UGET). 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 senior researcher and head of the Research and Studies Office at the Al Jazeera Center for Studies. He is a member of the Centre Union Process. He has published two books and many articles in Asharq Al-Awsat.
He is a member of the Ennahda Movement, and the party leader Rached Ghannouchi's son-in-law. On 20 December 2011, after former President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was deposed, he joined the Jebali Cabinet as minister of foreign affairs.
- In Religion: Secularism and Democracy
- United States of America: Between Hard Power and Soft Power
- CIA World Leaders
- Sana Ajmi, Rafik Abdessalem, Tunisia Live, 17 December 2011
- Biographie de M. Rafik Abdessalem, nouveau ministre des Affaires étrangères, Business News, 25 December 2011
- Rafik Ben Abdesslem Bouchlaka:'La nomination des ministres dépend de leurs compétences', Mozaïque FM, 14 December 2011