Danish Defence Research Database


Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen


Svanemøllen Kaserne

Building: 32


    Research and development areas

  • Danish defence- and security policy
  • Arctic
  • USA
  • European defence and security policy
  • NATO
  • Superpower diplomacy
  • International Politics

Research areas

Phone number: +45 50909607


Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen is an Associate Professor at the Institute for Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence College, where he is also affiliated with the Center for Arctic Security Studies. His research focuses on how Danish foreign and defense policy responds to changes in Western security architecture, especially related to the following research areas:

  • Arctic and Greenlandic politics and governance
  • European security policy and transatlantic relations
  • Small state foreign and security policy
  • Civil-military relations 

He has published several peer-reviewed pieces about these topics, including Greenland and the International Politics of a Changing Arctic (Routledge, 2017), which he co-edited with Kristian S. Kristensen. A frequent contributor to policy development processes, he has given talks or testimonies (written and oral) in the United States Congress (staff level), the British House of Commons, the Danish Parliament, and the Danish Ministry of Defense. He has contributed to stories in most Danish media and several major international outlets, including New York Times, Washington Post, The Economist, BBC, The Guardian, Le Figaro, NPR, and Al-Jazeera.


2018- Associate Professor, Royal Danish Defence College

2016-17 Visiting scholar, Center for Strategic and International Studies (on leave from SDU)

2014-17 Assistant Professor, University of Southern Denmark

2013-14 Postdoc, Danish Institute for International Studies 

2012-13 Visiting PhD Scholar, Columbia University (on leave from LSE)

2010-13 PhD Student, London School of Economics

2008-10 Research Associate, Danish Institute for Military Studies

2007-08 Teaching Assitant, University of Copenhagen

2006-07 Exchange Student, University of California, Santa Barbara (on leave from University of Copenhagen)

2006-08 MA Student (Political Science), University of Copenhagen

2003-07 BA Student (Political Science), University of Copenhagen

Latest research outputs

  1. Published

    Reinvigorating Old Friendships: Why the US Should Pursue an Engagement Strategy in Greenland

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearch

  2. Published

    Forsvaret af Grønland

    Research output: Other contributionNet publication - Internet publicationCommunication

  3. Published

    How has Arctic coastal state cooperation affected the Arctic Council?

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

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