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The Danish take on the comprehensive/integrated approach after Iraq and Afghanistan. Peter Viggo Jakobsen Institute for Strategy [email protected] DCCE Visit 10 December 2013. New strategy paper Sept 2013. New definition. Integrated approach:

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The danish take on the comprehensive integrated approach after iraq and afghanistan

The Danish take on the comprehensive/integrated approach after Iraq and Afghanistan

Peter Viggo Jakobsen

Institute for Strategy

[email protected]

DCCE Visit

10 December 2013


New strategy paper sept 2013
New strategy paper Sept 2013 after Iraq and Afghanistan


New definition
New definition after Iraq and Afghanistan

Integrated approach:

all authorities or parts of an organisation (e.g. the UN) involved in a given stabilisation effort work together towards a commonly defined stabilisation goal. This encompasses collaboration on planning, implementation, and lesson learning regarding political, development, and security-related efforts. An integrated

stabilisation effort may take place before, during, and after a conflict. Integrated stabilisation efforts may well be applied without any military element.1


Changes codified in the new paper
Changes codified in the new paper after Iraq and Afghanistan

  • UN > NATO terminology (= UK)

  • Humanitarian assistance no longer seen as part of the integrated approach

  • Respect for ”humanitarianspace” shouldfacilitate future cooperation with humanitarian organisations

  • New institutionalstructure to support the mainstreaming of the integrated approach


Whole of government structure
Whole-of-Government Structure after Iraq and Afghanistan

  • Stabilisation Committee: deputy permanent secretaries from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defence, the Prime Minister’s Office, and the Ministry of Justice

  • Stabilisation Secretariat to support the committee

  • Task forces dealing with specific issues

  • Danish Peace and Stabilisation Fund (930 million DKK 2010-14)

  • Danish Peace and Stabilisation Response (civilian rapid reaction rosters)


Future policy
Future policy after Iraq and Afghanistan

  • Greaterfocus on the strategiclevelreflecting the problems experienced at the tacticallevel in Iraq and Afghanistan

  • Political ambition to prioritizeconflictprevention

  • HOWEVER!

  • Definition of stabilisation so broad as to includevirtuallyeverything

  • Libya air campaign = stabilization

     Actual policy willbedetermined by international/allieddemand


Remaining challenges
Remaining challenges after Iraq and Afghanistan

  • Danish system remainsessentiallystovepiped

  • Stabilizationcommittee not a decision making organ; coordination and discussion forum

  • Joint civil-militarytrainingverylimitedabove the tacticallevel

  • Lessonslearning, monitoring and evaluationremainstove-piped; hardlyanyinterministerialactivityhere


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