Karsten Friis is a Senior Adviser and Head of NUPIs Research Group on Security and Defence. He holds a Cand. Polit. in Political Science from the University of Oslo and a MSc in International Relations from London School of Economics. Friis previously worked for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Serbia, Montenegro and Kosovo, as well as for the Norwegian Armed Forces in Oslo and in Kosovo. His main area of expertise is security and defence policies, international military operations, civilian-military relations, cyber security as well as political developments in the Western Balkans.