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New Atlanticist

Sep 1, 2022

Allies must ‘maintain our stamina’ in Ukraine, says Danish defense minister

By Katherine Walla

It’s time for what Bødskov considers to be phase three of the West’s strategy of supporting Ukraine, which should include weapons donations, military training, demining, and more.

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The Atlantic Council’s Transatlantic Security Initiative, in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, hosted a conversation with Minister of Defense for the Kingdom of Denmark H.E. Morten Bødskov, on August 31, 2022.

Six months on from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the future of transatlantic security is permanently changed, and all allies are adjusting their defense plans for this new era. On the heels of a meeting of defense ministers in Copenhagen that raised $1.5 billion in aid for Ukraine, Denmark is at the forefront of taking these pledges “from spreadsheets to action,” encouraging partners to consider and execute essential defense spending increases, key materiel production, and training necessary to defend Ukraine.

To discuss the critical next steps at this inflection point for Ukraine and the transatlantic community and understand the Danish perspective on how security in the Nordic-Baltic neighborhood is changing, the Atlantic Council welcomed Minister Bødskov for this public conversation, as part of the Atlantic Council’s #ACFrontPage event series, our premier ideas platform spotlighting global leaders and championing constructive solutions to global challenges.

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Welcoming remarks

Ambassador Paula J. Dobriansky
Vice Chair, Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, and Board Director
Atlantic Council;
Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs;
Senior Fellow, Future of Diplomacy Project
Harvard University Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

Keynote remarks and fireside chat

H.E. Morten Bødskov
Minister of Defense
Kingdom of Denmark

Moderated by:

Vivian Salama
National Security Reporter
The Wall Street Journal

The Transatlantic Security Initiative, in the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security, shapes and influences the debate on the greatest security challenges facing the North Atlantic Alliance and its key partners.