Lars is a Graduate Research Assistant at MonTREP, and a graduate student in Nonproliferation and Terrorism Studies at the Monterey Institute of International Studies. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He has previously lived in France, worked in Senegal, and is a veteran of the Norwegian armed forces. He is focusing his graduate work on terrorism in Africa and global jihadism. He grew up in Norway.