Why Denmark Goes To War - A Small Power in a Realist World

Thore Eilersen

Studenteropgave: Speciale


Since the end of the Cold War, Denmark has participated in several military operations internationally. Given that the strategic territorial threat to the country disappeared with the demise of the Soviet Union, the question is why Denmark has participated in these operations and followed an activist security and defence policy. In this paper, I have used Hans J. Morgenthau's classical realism and Carsten Due-Nielsen and Nikolaj Petersen's adaptation and activism thesis to answer this question. It is concluded that Denmark has conducted an activist policy because in a realist world, even a small state like Denmark needs to be willing and able to fight when it matters.

UddannelserGlobal Studies, (Bachelor/kandidatuddannelse) Kandidat
Udgivelsesdato22 jun. 2012


  • international politics, realism, denmark, war