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Danmark om Strategisk Aktør: En småstats strategiske rationaler i det internationale system

Studenteropgave: Diplomprojekt

  • Ida Christensen
Afgangsprojekt, Den militære diplomuddannelse (Diplomuddannelse)
Since the Cold War the Danish Navy has changed dramatically. The number of ships has been reduced significantly since 1989 and the warships that has replaced the old has never been bigger both in size and armament. This has left the Danish fleet with an impressive capacity for global power projection and a poor ability for national defence of the Danish shores.

This transformation was brought about by the end of the Cold War since this event gave Denmark the opportunity to rethink its military policies. During the Cold War Denmark was a NATO allied with reservations due to being a frontline state next to the Soviet Union. Thus, Denmark followed a balancing strategy in order to maintain some autonomy on one side while still keeping its position in the international system on the other. The end of the Cold War gave Denmark the opportunity to rethink a new strategy which became a strategy of influence.

This new strategy was conducted by a string of military deployments mostly in the framework of NATO or the UN. During the first third of the three decades that constitutes the strategy of influence, Denmark deployed dated units built during the Cold War. This underlines the costly aspect of adapting the Danish Navy to a new strategy both with regards to time and money. However, in the beginning of the new millennium Denmark received its new ships which was a gamechanger for Danish military engagements.

Today Denmark follows both a regional and global strategy by dividing the tasks between the Army and the Navy. The Army currently assists NATO in a regional deployment intended to deter Russia from further aggression. Globally the Navy is intended to deploy near Hormuz in a European lead surveillance operation. Thus, Denmark continues to follow the strategy of influence.
Udgivelsesdato18 feb. 2020
Antal sider44
Udgivende institutionInstitut for Strategi
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