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To be, or not to be: Smart Defence, Sovereignty and Danish Defence Policy

Lars Bangert Struwe
Mikkel Vedby Rasmussen
Kristian Knus Larsen
Copyright Date: Jul. 1, 2012
Pages: 35
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  1. (pp. 5-7)

    The concept of sovereignty defines the power and responsibilities of states in relation to other states and in relation to the states' own citizens. In Denmark, there has been a debate for quite some time about loss of sovereignty in connection with EU membership. This debate concerns integration and voluntary loss of sovereignty. However, the question of sovereignty is to an increasing extent becoming an object of debate within the area of defence policy. The defence is a central part of the state's enforcement of its sovereignty; and the way in which the defence solves this task, alone or in...

  2. (pp. 8-13)

    Sovereignty is a concept which provides a political and legal solution to a problem that caused instability and war in the 16th and 17th centuries. The question was whether king or church, nobility or citizens had the right to control a given territory. This is the key question in the publications that are still the basic works of reference in the sovereignty debate (Spiermann, 2004: 5; Opello, 2004: 79). These are Jean Bodin's 'Les Six livres de la République' from 1576, Thomas Hobbes' 'Leviathan' from 1651 and John Locke's 'Two Treatises of Government' from 1689. Bodin considers the state to...

  3. (pp. 14-28)

    The four above-mentioned development traits are aspects that Denmark is faced with in its international collaboration in NATO, the UN and the EU. They help secure Danish sovereignty, but challenge it at the same time. In the following, Danish sovereignty will be illustrated from the following three angles:

    Upholding sovereignty and territory

    Intervention, including R2P

    Integration, including task sharing and command.

    In its report, the Defence Commission 2008 concluded: '[i]t is assessed that in the near future, Denmark will not be confronted by direct, conventional military threats' (Defence Commission, 2008:60), but at the same time underlined the need for upholding...

  4. (pp. 29-30)

    The concept of sovereignty defines the power and responsibilities of states in relation to other states and in relation to their own citizens. The defence is a central part of the state's enforcement of its sovereignty. However, it is characteristic of the concept of sovereignty that the definition of power and responsibility has always been subject to debate. In a democracy, sovereignty is a concept that it is often more sensible to debate than to define. Within the area of defence policy, the sovereignty debate may be most intense in connection with alliances and in connection with the global community....