Danish Defence Research Database


Peter Viggo Jakobsen


Phone: + 45 72 81 75 82

    Research and development 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 publication

Coercive diplomacy: Countering War-threatening Crises and Armed Conflicts, in Alan Collins (red.) Contemporary Security Studies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 5 edition) (2018).

Less Capable and Less Willing? European Involvement in Combat Operations After Iraq and Afghanistan, in John A. Gentry and William Nolte (eds.) After the Wars: International Lessons from U.S. Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (Bethesda, Maryland: National Intelligence Press, 2018): 7-28.

Prestige-Seeking Small States: Danish and Norwegian Military Contributions to U.S.-led Operations, European Journal of International Security, Vol. 3, No. 2 (June 2018): 256-277. Co-authors: Jens Ringsmose og Håkon Lunde Saxi.

Victim of its own success: How NATO's Difficulties are Caused by the Absence of a First-Order Threat, Journal of Transatlantic Studies, Vol. 16, No. 1 (2018): 38-58. Co-author Jens Ringsmose.

Uden NATO er USA ingen stormagt [Without NATO the U.S. is no great power], Ræson 32 (vinter): 34-41 (2017).

Burden-sharing in NATO. The Trump effect won’t last, NUPI Policy Brief 2017-16 (2017). Co-author: Jens Ringsmose, http://hdl.handle.net/11250/2468677

Den danske FN-aktivismes storhed og fald 1945-2016 [The Rise and Fall of Danish UN activism 1945-2016], Politica, Vol. 49, No. 4, 377-400. (2017) Co-author: Kristine Kjærsgaard, http://politica.dk/fileadmin/politica/Dokumenter/politica_49_4/jakobsen_og_kjaersgaard.pdf

The United Nations and the Nordic Four: Cautious Sceptics, Committed Believers, Cost-benefit Calculators, in Peter Nedergaard and Anders Wivel (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Scandinavian Politics (London: Routledge): 281-293 (2017).

Latest research outputs

  1. Published

    Stop kritikken af Trump og red kurderne

    Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Feature articleCommunication

  2. Published

    Hvordan undgår vi et våbenkapløb i Grønland?

    Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleCommunication

  3. Published

    Der er behov for en ny aftale om sikkerhedspolitik i Arktis

    Research output: Contribution to journalContribution to newspaper - Feature articleCommunication

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Latest activities

  1. USA, Rusland og Kina i Arktis - sikkerhedspolitiske udfordringer

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

  2. Hvordan skal Rigsfællesskabet (RF) i fællesskab håndtere den voksende spænding i Arktis?

    Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

  3. High Noon i Hormuz: ender det med krig?

    Activity: Talk or presentationLecture and oral contribution

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Latest prizes

  1. Columbus prisen 2015

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  2. Meningsmodig Dansker-prisen 2015

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

  3. Columbus prisen 2015

    Prize: Prizes, scholarships, distinctions

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