Denmark's International Security Cooperation
International Security Cooperation has been an important part of Denmark’s foreign- and security policy since the end of the Cold War. The main areas of security cooperation fall within three categories:
Reorientation of security cooperation
- Security cooperation in connection with international operations, in which Danish soldiers are or have been deployed. Eg. The Balkans and Afghanistan.
- Support to positive and democratic development of, in particular, the armed forces of countries going through a transformation process and willing to cooperate. Eg. Serbia and Bosnia-Hercegovina.
- Security Cooperation as support to countries who wish to be a part of the Euro-Atlantic security architecture. Eg. Georgia and Ukraine.
In the 1990s, Danish security cooperation focused primarily on the central- and eastern European states. Since then several of those countries have become NATO members. At the same time, Denmark’s international involvement has changed character.
To meet this change Denmark is turning its focus towards new security issues in other parts of the world. The recent Defence Agreements have affirmed this by establishing new interdepartmental structures to strengthen and expand Denmark’s ability to conduct stabilisation, reconstruction and capacity building in areas of conflict.
Over the coming years, Danish security cooperation will increasingly focus on preventing destabilisation in “fragile states”.