Karsten Friis is a Senior Research Fellow and head of the Research Group on Security and Defence at the Norwegian Institute of international affairs (NUPI). He was Political Adviser at the OSCE Mission to Serbia 2004-2007, and he held positions at the OSCE in Montenegro in 2001 and in Kosovo in 1999. Friis was also part of EU Special Envoy Miroslav Lajcak’s team for the referendum on independence in Montenegro in 2006. In addition, he has worked in the Norwegian Armed Forces and served at NATO/KFOR in Kosovo. Friis’ main area of expertise is security and defence policies, international military operations, civilian-military relations, Nordic security, cyber security, as well as the Western Balkans.