Wietse van den Berge studied political science at Leiden University, specialising in international relations and political philosophy. After graduating in 2002, he joined the Royal Netherlands Air Force and attended the Royal Netherlands Military Academy. A 12-month internship at the academy’s military science faculty followed completion of his officer training, researching military history and military operations. Wietse held several ranks within the Air Force and in 2011-2012 he served as a military observer for the United Nations in the Middle East. He was triggered by personally witnessing the Arab uprisings in that region to return to his academic career. Since joining the Instute of Security and Global Affairs (previously: Centre for Terrorism and Counterterrorism) as a researcher and PhD-candidate in 2013, his focus centres on political violence in contemporary Middle Eastern conflicts. Wietse joined the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague in 2014 as a research fellow.