Nicolas Hénin holds a master in History of international relations from Paris-1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, and a master’s degree in journalism from the Practical Institute for Journalism, Paris.
He spent most of his life as a freelance reporter, based first in Baghdad (2002-2004), then Amman (2004-2007). He then enlarged his perimeter to Africa and covered all of the MENA region, as well as Africa, mostly for Le Point newsmagazine and Arte channel.
He covered intensively the “Arab spring” revolutions and went numerous times to Egypt, Libya, Yemen and Syria. He’s been abducted by IS in Raqqa, Syria, and kept hostage for almost a year.
He now chairs Action resilience, a consulting and training company on counter-terrorism and radicalisation, based out of Marseilles.
He’s the author of several essays, including Jihad Academy (translated to German under the title Der IS und die Fehler des Westens: Warum wir den Terror militärisch nicht besiegen können) and Comprendre le terrorisme and taught as visiting professor at Daegu University (Korea).
He was fellow of the 69th promotion of the Institute of Advanced Studies in National Defence (IHEDN).