NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Photo: NATO
NATO - The Cornerstone of Danish Security
For Denmark NATO is the central forum for Foreign, Security and Defence Policy dialogue and cooperation across the Atlantic. All decisions in NATO are made according to the “Consensus-principle”. Furthermore, NATO has an ongoing dialogue with a number of partners, including Ukraine, Georgia, countries in Northern Africa, the Middle East and the Gulf-region.
Since 1949, NATO has been the cornerstone of Danish Security and Defence Policy. During the Cold War NATO directly guaranteed the security and independence of Denmark. After the Cold War, organisations such as NATO, UN, EU and OSCE has been the central framework through which Denmark has safeguarded security political interests and promoted peace, security and respect for human rights.
Transformation and renewal
NATO of today is fundamentally different from the NATO, which was established in 1949 with the North Atlantic Treaty. Several enlargements has increased the number of member states to 29 and the end of the Cold War meant that we, in Europe, live in a more peaceful region – but not in a more peaceful world. Moreover, the latest developments in Ukraine has shown that there is still need of a strong, solidary and ready NATO.
Concurrently with the appearance of new threats (for example international terrorism, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and hybrid threats) NATO has renewed itself in such a way that the Alliance has managed to keep sight of its fundamental purpose while still being able to adapt its deterrence profile to new challenges and threat
NATO’s military Role
NATO’s military role is essential for Danish cooperation with Allied partners. The military cooperation in NATO includes military capabilities, a common command structure, joint technical standards, joint procedures, joint exercises and NATO operations.
Today, NATO’s have conducted operations in Bosnia-Hercegovina, Kosovo, the Adrian Sea, Afghanistan, the Mediterranean, the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Aden, Afghanistan and Libya. Read more about NATO operations on the NATO website
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