|Author (Person)||Larsen, Jessica|
|Publisher||Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)|
|Series Title||DIIS Reports|
|Series Details||Number 2|
This report discusses Denmark's foreign and security strategy, the reason being that Denmark has none. While the country conducted an activist foreign policy for two decades it was only in 2017 that the then centre-right government developed a two-year foreign and security strategy. It was the first forward-looking document spelling out a collective Danish foreign and security strategy serving as official guidance to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Defence. With the change of government in 2019 to a Social Democratic leadership, the future of Danish foreign and security strategy is uncertain – not only its substance but also whether dedicated strategizing will be continued. This question is only becoming more urgent with the global reach of the corona crisis.
The report finds that for a small state operating in a volatile geopolitical environment and addressing complex crises, a dedicated foreign and security strategy can play an important role. Four fundamental benefits are discussed:
While finding advantages in principle of having a strategy for a small state such as Denmark, the report also argues that the Danish strategy has only partially delivered on its promise. Recommendations are made as to how to address the outstanding issues to allow Denmark more robust approach to its foreign and security strategizing.
|Subject Categories||Politics and International Relations|
|Countries / Regions||Denmark|