Karsten Friis

Senior Research Fellow, Head of Research group on security and defense


Dr. Karsten Friis is a Senior Research Fellow and head of NUPIs Research group on security and defence.

He holds a PhD from the University of Groningen, a Cand. Polit from University of Oslo and a MSc from London School of Economics. He was Political Adviser at the OSCE Mission to Serbia 2004-2007, and before that 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 defense policies, international military operations, civilian-military relations, Nordic security, cyber security, as well as the Western Balkans.



2018 PhD, University of Groningen

1998 Cand Polit, Political Science, University of Oslo

1995 Master, International Relations, London School of Economics


Work Experience

2007- Senior Research Fellow/Senior Advisor/Advisor, NUPI

2004-2007 Political advisor for OSCE, Serbia/Montenegro

2001-2004 Advisor, the Norwegian Armed Forces

2000-2001 Political advisor, OSCE, Montenegro

1999-2000 Analyst/E-off, NATO/KFOR HQ, Kosovo

1999 OSCE Kosovo Verification Mission


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  • WEBINAR: Renewed Threats from the High North to the Black Sea. Main FLANKS Conclusions and Findings
    Thu 5 May 2022
    Time: 17:30 Europe/Oslo | Location: Bucharest

    On Thursday, May 5th 2022, New Strategy Center, in partnership with the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs (NUPI), will organize the online conference ”Renewed Threats from the High North to the Black Sea. Main FLANKS Conclusions and Findings”.

  • Is America turning its back on Europe?
    Thu 11 Nov 2021
    Time: 11:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: C.J. Hambrosplass 2 D / Livestream to Facebook and Youtube

    The close relations between North America and Europe faced some severe challenges during the Trump presidency.

  • EU's strategic compass
    Thu 18 Mar 2021
    Time: 10:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Microsoft teams

    The EU is currently developing a ‘Strategic Compass’ for its security and defense policy. Join this webinar to learn more about the background, the progress, and the challenges the process is facing.

  • NATO facing challenges from the Arctic to the Black Sea Region
    Wed 9 Dec 2020
    Time: 16:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Webinar

    Which challenges do NATO face on its Eastern flanks in the years to come? LSE IDEAS, the New Strategy Center Bucharest, and NUPI invite you to a one day conference.

  • Naming and shaming of cyber intruders – does it work?
    Tue 17 Nov 2020
    Time: 15:00 Europe/Oslo | Location: Microsoft Teams

    Last month Norwegian authorities made the rather unusual decision to call out - to attribute - Russia for being behind a cyber operation towards the Norwegian parliament. NUPI’s Cybersecurity Centre has the pleasure to invite to a webinar with Professor Madeline Carr. She will provide an overview of why attribution in cyberspace is difficult, the challenges of not being able to attribute - and different options on how to deal with this issue.

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