Henrik Thune is former Director of NOREF Norwegian Center for Conflict Resolution. Prior to joining NOREF, Henrik held a number of positions at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, among them senior researcher and head of the Middle East Programme. He also served in several positions in the MFA, i.e. as senior advisor in the Section for Peace and Reconciliation (2006-2009) and project manager in the secretariat of former minister of foreign affairs Jonas Gahr Støre (2010-2012). Henrik Thune has authored numerous books and academic publications on great-power politics, conflicts in the Middle East, peace processes and Norwegian foreign policy. He holds a PhD in political science and a master’s in international relations from the University of Oslo and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Thune is currently a Special advisor at NOREF and a Senior Research fellow at Fridtjof Nansen Institute (FNI).