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Peter Viggo Jakobsen


Phone: + 45 72 81 75 82

    Research areas

  • Civil-military co-operation (CIMIC)
  • Danish defence- and security policy
  • EU defence- and security policy
  • European defence and security policy
  • UN Security Council
  • Use of force
  • NATO
  • Counter insurgency operations (COIN)
  • Comprehensive/integrated approach
  • Sanctions
  • Stabilization operations
  • Special operations
  • Superpower diplomacy
  • Military Strategy
  • Coercive diplomacy
  • USA

Research areas

Danish and Nordic defence and security policy, Peace and stability operations, civil-miilitary cooperation and the comprehensive approach, role of NATO and the UN in in the management of international peace and security, Use of coercion and military force, and strategy

Research and teaching information

  •  Danish and Nordic defence and security
  • NATO
  • The role of the UN in international peace and security
  • Stabilization operations
  • civil-military cooperation and comprehensive approach
  • Conflict management
  • Use of force, and   
  • Coercive diplomacy
  • Strategy

Research and teaching information

Peter Viggo Jakobsen, Ph.D., is Associate Professor in the Department of Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence College and Professor (part time) at Center for War Studies, University of Southern Denmark

Primary research and teaching areas Danish and Nordic defence and security, the role of NATO and the UN in international peace and security, stabilization operations, conflict management, civil-military cooperation and the comprehensive approach, strategy, use of force and coercive diplomacy

Media, public lectures and consultancy: frequently used by the Danish and international media as a commentator on defence and security issues; gives many lectures on these issues; and has acted as an advisor and consultant for several governments and international organizations.

Peer-review: member of the editorial boards of the journals: European Security (Taylor and Francis, London), International Peacekeeping (Routledge, London), Politica (Aarhus), Military and Strategic Affairs (Institute for National Security Studies, Tel Aviv) and reviewer for for several Danish and international journals and book publishers. 

Management and administration: Head of the Department of Conflict and Security Studies and director of The Defence and Security Studies Research Programme at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) 2003-2006.

International experience: Visiting professor at International Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technoloy (MIT), USA (autumn 2006) and Department of War Studies, King’s College of London (spring 1996).

Education: MA and Ph.D. in International Relations from Department of Political Science, Aarhus University; Assistant and Associate Professor in International Relations (1996-2013) in Department of Political Science, University of Copenhagen.

Recent publications

Coercive diplomacy, in Costas M. Constantinou, Pauline Kerr and Paul Sharp (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Diplomacy (London: SAGE Publications Ltd.): 476-486 (2016).

Det er ikke lyst, der driver Vestens interventioner i Mellemøsten[Western interventions in the Middle East are driven by need; not greed], Information, 20 July 2016,

NATO topmødet i Warszawa: Højdespring eller limbo?[The NATO Warsaw summit: limbo or high jump?],, 24 juni 2016,

Peacekeeping Contributor Profile: Denmark, June 2016,

Danmark går ikke i krig mod ISIL for at vinde, men for at være med [Denmark does not go to war against ISIL to win but to participate], Ræson 26, 02/16 (maj): 60-67 (2016).

Amerikanerne har intet vigtigt på spil - Det er Europa som betaler prisen [The Americans have no dog in this fight – It is Europe that is paying the price], in Clement Kjersgaard, C., Edith L. Endsjø, Line E. Drewes og Sidsel K Staal (eds.) Verden på flugt (Ræsons Forlag): 208-221 (2016).

Budgetneutral trefrontskrig?[War on three fronts with no additional money], Slagmark, 2 maj 2016,

The Danish Libya Campaign: Out in Front in Pursuit of Pride, Praise, and Position, in Dag Henriksen and Ann Karin Larssen (eds.) Political Rationale and International Consequences of the War in Libya (Oxford: Oxford University Press): 192-208 (2016).

Det strategiske spil om Syrien efter Paris – plus ça change … [The strategic game about Syria after Paris – plus ça change] 25 January (2016),

More of the same: Danish foreign and security policy after Afghanistan, 13 January (2016),

 Coercive Diplomacy: Countering War-Threatening Crises and Armed Conflicts in Alan Collins (ed.) Contemporary Security Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 4. edition): 279-293 (2015).

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