Nilas Johnsen (b. 1976) has worked as a journalist for Aftenposten, Dagsavisen and VG since 2000. He was correspondent in the UK 2010-2012. From February 2016 to December 2018, he was based in Istanbul, first to be VG’s Middle East correspondent, and then to write this book. Johnsen has a background from the University of Oslo and the London School of Economics.