Country: Denmark Denmark

Director: Kristian Fischer


Contact: DIIS Office


The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) is an independent research institution for international studies, financed primarily by the Danish state. It carries out research and analysis on a wide range of issues within the areas of globalisation, security and development. Its researchers participate in national and international debates and academic networks, and publish in high-ranking academic journals, always striving to excel in academic scholarship. At the same time, they assess Denmark’s foreign and political situation and inform the Danish media, politicians and the public about their work. DIIS has approximately 100 employees comprising both research and support staff. They have different academic backgrounds, mostly in social studies, international development studies, military studies and anthropology.

DIIS’s research areas are defined on the basis of what its researchers find to be current areas of special interest, and in relation to the surrounding societal and political context. DIIS does basic research, research-based consultancies and commissioned work. Commissioned policy work is most often requested by the Danish Parliament, ministries, or other clients. DIIS also has a special obligation to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive, and thus carries out continual educational and informative work on this subject.

Currently, DIIS is focusing on eight research areas: Natural resources and environment, Defence and security, Foreign policy, Global economy, Migration, Global order, Development policy, Peace and conflict. The unit on Foreign policy is focusing on selected issues of EU external relations, such as development, trade, migration, defence and energy, Arab-Muslim world, Eastern Europe, foreign policies of individual member states such as France, Germany, Italy, and Denmark, and the way in which they intertwine with the EU level.

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