The Dilemmas of Alliance: Denmark’s Fifty Years with NATO

  • Nikolaj Petersen


Denmark’s NATO policy is framed by important constraints and empowerments, external and domestic. Most significant is her position at the entry to — or exit from — the Baltic Sea. During the Cold War this made Denmark an exposed frontline state with severely constrained policy options. Since then, Denmark’s position on the Baltic has rather widened her options and empowered her to pursue an active NATO policy at the sub-regional level.


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