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Danish Institute for International Studies


The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) was separated from the former Danish Center for International Studies and Human Rights (DCISM) and established as an independent state research institute for international studies on January 1, 2013.

DIIS carries out research and analysis on a wide range of issues within the areas of globalisation, security and development. Also, we assess Denmark’s foreign and political situation and inform policymakers and the public.


The management of DIIS is the responsibility of director Nanna Hvidt.

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Policy Briefs

Title: Fifteen years of police reform in Sierra Leone: Community Policing and Local Policing Partnership Boards
Date: January 2015

Title: The Role of Human Rights in Climate Change Adaptation
Date: December 2014

Title: Prepare for a 'multi-partner' world! Reordering Order
Date: December 2014

Title: Nordic-Baltic Support to Military and Security Capacity Building?
Date: December 2014

Title: Transforming armed non-state actors Disarmament, demobilization and reintegration
Date: November 2014

Title: Prioritising European Defence Cooperation: The next step for the common security and defence policy
Date: November 2014

Title: Governing Uranium and Nuclear Supply Chains: Why Private Engagement is Needed
Date: November 2014

Title: A Difficult Balancing Act: Backing the Kurds in the fight against IS in Iraq and Syria
Date: November 2014

Title: After Ukraine: Keeping the Arctic Stable
Date: September 2014

Title: NATO After Ukraine: The Alliance should stay vigilant in the Middle East
Date: June 2014

Title: After Ukraine – NATO should stay vigilant on the Middle East
Authors: Jacob Arøe Jørgensen
Date: June 2014

Title: Cyber technology at war: Challenges to international regulations
Authors: Kenneth B. Moss
Date: May 2014

Title: Uranium from Niger: A key resource of diminishing importance for France
Authors: Bruno Tertrais
Date: March 2014

Title: Pursuing gender equality in land administration
Authors: Helle Munk Ravnborg, Rachel Spichiger
Date: February 2014

Title: Institutionalisation of Sub-Saharan Africa's Land Reforms: The Way Forward
Authors: Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen
Date: February 2014

Title: Social Accountability and Public Service Delivery in Rural Africa
Authors: Esbern Friis-Hansen
Date: January 2014

Title: The West must allow a power shift in international organizations
Authors: Jakob Vestergaard, Robert Hunter Wade
Date: December 2013

Title: The lure of extractive natural resource development
Authors: Lars Buur, Anne Mette Kjær, Ole Therkildsen, Michael W. Hansen
Date: December 2013

Title: Against the odds – capacity development of fragile state institutions
Authors: Birgitte Lind Petersen
Date: November 2013

Title: Five Pillars of a Successful Transition in Afghanistan Post 2014
Date: September 2013

Title: Understanding human smuggling as a human rights issue
Authors: Theodore Baird
Date: August 2013

Title: How to Reduce Migrant Worker Recruitment Costs
Authors: Philip Martin
Date: August 2013

Title: Education for young people in fragile situations – the need for support
Authors: Birgitte Lind Petersen
Date: August 2013

Title: Pesticides and international environmental governance
Authors: Helle Munk Ravnborg
Date: June 2013

Title: Civilian capacity in the aftermath of conflict – a case study of OPEN
Authors: Diana Felix da Costa, Søren Vester Haldrup, John Karlsrud, Frederik Rosén, Kristoffer Nilaus Tarp
Date: May 2013

Title: Inequality and the post-2015 development framework: Arguing the case for a stand-alone goal on reduced inequality
Authors: Lars Engberg-Pedersen
Date: April 2013

Title: Flexicurity in Italy – how far is Rome from Copenhagen?
Authors: Ilaria Maselli
Date: September 2012

Title: East Africa: Regional Security Organisations and Dynamics
Authors: Katja Lindskov Jacobsen, Johannes Riber Nordby
Date: August 2012

Title: Europeanising labour migration policies and pursuing national objectives
Authors: Katrine Borg Albertsen
Date: July 2012

Title: Europeanising labour migration policies and pursuing national objectives
Authors: Katrine Borg Albertsen
Date: July 2012

Title: Money and power: EU budget negotiations in a time of austerity
Authors: Sara Hagemann
Date: May 2012

Title: The Migration Industry and Future Directions for Migration Policy
Authors: Ninna Nyberg Sørensen, Thomas Gammeltoft-Hansen
Date: April 2012

Title: Reforming the Common Agricultural Policy in the Shadow of the WTO
Authors: Carsten Daugbjerg
Date: April 2012

Title: Development Cooperation, Climate Change and Conflict
Authors: Signe Marie Cold-Ravnkilde, Mikkel Funder
Date: April 2012

Title: Cooperating with China in Africa
Date: February 2012

Title: What aid should and shouldn't do in order to support private sector development
Authors: Lindsay Whitfield
Date: December 2011

Title: The 'right' Mobility Partnership between the European Union, Morocco and Tunisia
Authors: Anne Sofie Westh Olsen
Date: December 2011

Title: Politics Prevail in EU Enlargement
Authors: Julie Herschend Christoffersen
Date: December 2011

Title: Waking the Nuclear Dragon? NATO's Defence and Deterrence Posture Review
Authors: Trine Flockhart
Date: November 2011

Title: The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: The need for an international solution
Authors: Helle Malmvig, Leila Stockmarr
Date: October 2011

Title: The Forgotten Villages - Land Reform in Tanzania
Authors: Rasmus Hundsbæk Pedersen
Date: October 2011

Title: Libya: Beyond Regime Change
Authors: Henrik Boesen Lindbo Larsen
Date: October 2011

Title: Europe Fighting Irregular Migration – Consequences for West African Mobility
Authors: Nauja Kleist
Date: October 2011

Title: Building Civil Servant Capacity in South Sudan
Date: October 2011

Title: Getting on the Right Track: The EU Eastern Partnership
Date: July 2011

Title: Elections in Africa: Mixed Blessings for Growth and Poverty Alleviation
Date: June 2011

Title: Dealing with Iran: How can the EU Achieve its strategic Objectives?
Authors: Shirin Pakfar
Date: May 2011

Title: Budget support lessons from post-conflict support to Mozambique
Authors: Lars Buur, Johnny Flentø
Date: April 2011

Title: Weak International Response to the Use of Private Military Security Companies
Authors: Christa Moesgaard
Date: March 2011

Title: Private Military Companies in Counter-insurgency Strategy
Authors: Christa Moesgaard, Stine Heiselberg
Date: March 2011

Title: Growing Jasmines: What should the EU do in Tunisia now?
Authors: Fabrizio Tassinari, Helle Malmvig, Ulla Holm
Date: January 2011

Title: A missed opportunity: Mining for sustainable development
Authors: France Bourgouin
Date: January 2011

Title: Riding the Tiger: China's Rise and the Liberal World Order
Authors: Trine Flockhart, Li Xing
Date: December 2010

Title: Recurrent cost boom threathens Millenium Development Goals: What the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, keeps quiet about
Authors: Ole Therkildsen
Date: December 2010

Title: Justice and security - when the state isn't the main provider
Authors: Peter Albrecht, Helene Maria Kyed
Date: December 2010

Title: Recurrent cost boom threathens Millennium Development Goals
Authors: Ole Therkildsen
Date: November 2010

Title: Hello Missile Defence – Goodbye Nuclear Sharing?
Authors: Trine Flockhart
Date: November 2010

Title: Reforming Global Banking Rules-how the G20 Can Save the Global Economy
Authors: Martin Hojland, Ranjit Lall, Jakob Vestergaard
Date: June 2010

Title: Think twice before engaging in Yemen
Authors: Peter Alexander Albrecht
Date: May 2010

Title: Reducing poverty through low carbon development
Authors: Mikkel Funder, Helle Munk Ravnborg, Jacob Fjalland, Henrik Egelyng
Date: December 2009

Title: Counting Carbon in the Marketplace – and at the Border
Authors: Peter Gibbon, Simon Bolwig
Date: December 2009

Title: Desde declaración hasta protección real. Biodiversidad y participación local en la gestión de cuatro áreas protegidas en nicaragua
Authors: Helle Munk Ravnborg
Date: November 2009

Title: Combating illicit financial flows from poor countries. Estimating the possible gains
Authors: Jakob Vestergaard, Martin Højland
Date: November 2009

Title: Denmark and Modern Non-proliferation Assistance and Disarmament
Authors: Cindy Vestergaard
Date: October 2009

Title: Disaggregating the Pakistani Taliban: Does the good, the bad and the ugly Taliban distinction represent a failed policy?
Authors: Mona Kanwal Sheik
Date: September 2009

Title: The EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region: A Catalyst for What?
Authors: Pertti Joenniemi
Date: August 2009

Title: Which Diaspora for Whose Development? Some Critical Questions about the Roles of African Diaspora Organizations as Development Actorse
Authors: Oliver Bakewell
Date: May 2009

Title: The Concept of Normative Power in World Politics
Authors: Ian Manners
Date: May 2009

Title: African Diaspora Organizations and Homeland Development: The case of Somali and Ghanaian associations in Denmark
Authors: Nauja Kleist
Date: May 2009

Title: The Foreign Policy of Iran: Ideology and pragmatism in the Islamic Republic
Authors: Katrine Barnekow Rasmussen
Date: March 2009

Title: Land titling and tenure security in the context of inequality
Authors: Rikke Broegaard
Date: March 2009

Title: Are the northern sea routes really the shortest?
Authors: Svend Aage Christensen
Date: March 2009

Title: Somalia after the Ethiopian occupation
Authors: Bjørn Møller
Date: January 2009

Title: Piracy off the Coasts of Somalia
Authors: Bjoern Moeller
Date: January 2009

Title: Sarkozy og Vichy-syndromet
Authors: Cecilie Felicia Stokholm Banke
Date: December 2008

Title: Climate of Displacement, Climate for Protection?
Authors: Vikram Kolmannskog
Date: December 2008

Title: The Decision-Making Process behind Launching an ESDP Crisis Management Operation
Authors: Annika Björkdahl, Maria Strömvik
Date: April 2008

Title: Radicalisation in Danish prisons
Authors: Jon A. Olsen
Date: March 2008

Title: Trade-offs in European energy policy: On choice, losses, gains, and how to have a go on both the swings and the roundabouts
Authors: Svend Aage Christensen
Date: January 2008

Title: From bear to bull? Sub-Saharan Africa and Global Capital Markets
Authors: Sam Jones
Date: January 2008

Title: Troubling Trafficking: why I am worried about motherhood and apple pie but don't endorse slavery
Authors: Bridget Anderson
Date: May 2007

Title: The Securitisation of Migration: A Risky Strategy for European States
Authors: Christina Boswell
Date: April 2007

Title: Resolving the Iranian Nuclear Crisis - A Review of Policies and Proposals 2006
Authors: Nicholas Bowen, Martin F. Jakobsen
Date: April 2007

Title: European Strategies for Reducing 'Unwanted' Immigration
Authors: Jørgen Carling
Date: April 2007

Title: Agricultural Development for Poverty Reduction – Some Options in Support of Public Policy Interventions
Authors: Julio A. Berdegué, Helle Munk Ravnborg
Date: April 2007

Title: New Political Contestation in the European Union
Authors: Ian Manners, Catharina Sorensen
Date: March 2007

Title: Danish positions on key developments in the European Union
Authors: Gry Thomasen
Date: February 2007

Title: Chinese missile technology control-regime or no regime?
Authors: Niels Aadal Rasmussen
Date: February 2007

Title: Chinese Missile Technology Control - Regime or No Regime?
Authors: Niels Aadal Rasmussen
Date: February 2007

Title: Working in "Fragile States": Problems, Dilemmas, and Guidance
Authors: Finn Stepputat
Date: January 2007

Title: Turkey's Future: EU Member or "Islamist Rogue State"?
Authors: Dietrich Jung
Date: January 2007

Title: Tradeoffs Between Equality and Difference: The Crisis of Dutch Multiculturalism in Cross-National Perspective
Authors: Ruud Koopmans
Date: December 2006

Title: Multiculturalism in Denmark and Sweden
Authors: Ulf Hedetoft
Date: December 2006

Title: EU Civilian Rapid Reaction - trouble ahead!
Authors: Peter Viggo Jakobsen
Date: December 2006

Title: After Enlargement: Europe's New Migration System
Authors: Adrian Favell
Date: December 2006

Title: An unlikely match or a marriage in the making? EU-GCC relations in a changing security environment
Authors: Helle Malmvig
Date: November 2006

Title: Water reform - implications for rural poor people's access to water
Authors: Claus Aagaard, Helle Munk Ravnborg
Date: August 2006

Title: Upping the Ante - The North Korean Nuclear Deterrent
Authors: Martin Rdbro
Date: July 2006

Title: UN-led Strategies for Media and Communications in Conflict Prevention and Peace Building
Authors: Bent Nrby Bond
Date: July 2006

Title: Post-Conflict Security Sector Reform and the Challenge of Ownership - The Case of Liberia
Authors: Louise Anderson
Date: July 2006

Title: Understanding Multinational Corporations in War-torn Societies: Sudan in Focus
Authors: Luke A. Patey
Date: April 2006

Title: Diasporas and Conflict Resolution - Part of the Problem or Part of the Solution?
Authors: Eva stergaard-Nielsen
Date: March 2006

Title: The Danish ugly duckling and the Mohammed cartoons
Authors: Ulla Holm
Date: February 2006

Title: African Diaspora and Post-Conflict Reconstruction in Africa
Authors: Abdullah A. Mohamoud
Date: February 2006

Title: Migrant Remittances, Development and Gender
Authors: Ninna Nyberg Sorensen
Date: July 2005

Title: A Perilous Democratic Exercise: The Referendum on the Constitutional Treaty in Denmark
Authors: Catharina Sorensen, Anne Mette Vestergard
Date: May 2005

Title: Algeria: President Bouteflika's Second Presidential Term
Authors: Ulla Holm
Date: November 2004

Title: Strengthening African Security Capacities
Authors: Lousie Morup
Date: October 2004

Title: Water and Conflict - Lessons Learned and Options Available on Conflict Prevention and Resolution in Water Governance
Authors: Helle Munk Ravnborg
Date: August 2004

Title: From Diplomatic Talking Shop to Powerful Partnership?
Authors: Halle Malmvig
Date: May 2004

Title: The Palestine Question in the Wake of the War in Iraq
Authors: Michael Irving Jensen
Date: February 2004