Country: Denmark Denmark

Director: Kristian Fischer


Contact: DIIS Office


The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) is a leading public research institute based in Copenhagen. Its researchers are active in national and international debates and academic networks on foreign policy, international security and development. They produce high-quality academic research and publish in top-ranking journals. DIIS researchers also carry out research-based consultancies and commissioned work, in which they assess Denmark’s foreign and political situation and inform the Danish media, policy makers and the public about their work. Commissioned policy work is typically requested by the Danish Parliament, ministries, or similar clients. Finally, DIIS has a special obligation to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive and therefore carries out educational and informative work on this subject.

DIIS’ research is organized into the following units: Foreign Policy & Diplomacy; Global Security & Worldviews; Migration & Global Order; Peace & Violence; and Sustainable Development & Governance. The Foreign Policy unit includes research and analysis on EU external relations, such as development, trade, migration, defence and energy. It further includes work on the foreign policies of individual member states such as France, Germany, Italy and Denmark, and assesses the way in which they intertwine with the EU level.

DIIS has approximately 100 employees comprising both research and support staff. They have different academic backgrounds, mostly from political science, the social sciences, international development and military studies.

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