Danish Chief of Danish Defense

Chief of Danish Defense Visits DIS

General Peter Bartram, the Chief of Danish Defense, recently spoke at DIS on the challenges of European security in a Danish context.

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After an introduction by DIS European Politics faculty member Martin Rasmussen, General Bartram explained Denmark’s global influence. The Kingdom of Denmark, which includes the Faroe Islands and Greenland, is strategically placed across the Atlantic between the U.S. and Europe; as a founding member of NATO, and a member of the EU, Denmark leads among the Scandinavian countries on military operations.

General Bartram touched upon Danish interests in the Arctic Region, and security issues such as terrorism, climate change, technological development, and piracy. Having spent a significant amount of time in the U.S., General Bartram also talked about differences and similarities between Danish, American, and other national defenses. Students asked a variety of interesting questions with topics such as the use of drones, veterans policies, and relations to the U.S., Russia, and Syria.

Current DIS student Anisha Banerjee was impressed with the seminar, saying, “The lecture was certainly enlightening in many respects, and I feel very lucky to have attended this talk by a powerful person in the world, who is willing to share his experiences.”

After the presentation, DIS hosted a networking reception where students had the opportunity to talk to the Chief of Defense in a more casual setting.

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