• Denmark and Norway Offer to Transport Chemical Weapons Out of Syria

    Based on decisions by the United Nations Security Council and the OPCW, Norway and Denmark have agreed to offer a joint contribution to the transportation of chemical warfare agents out of Syria.
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  • Arms Control in Europe 'Is Now in Crisis'

    Over the past 20 years, 70,000 tanks, combat aircraft and helicopters and other military equipment have been destroyed in Europe as a result of the treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe (CFE) introduced at the end of the cold war.
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  • How the Nordic Countries Are Quietly Leading the Alliance into the Future

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    Amidst massive defense cuts and perennial squabbling over burden sharing across NATO, the Nordic countries of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Denmark have quietly assumed a real leadership role in the transatlantic security relationship. They are making valuable contributions to the Alliance in personnel, strategic vision, operations, and policy. More importantly, they provide a model for how NATO can remain an effective security provider in a future of constrained resources.

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  • Our Arctic Strategy Deficit

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    The United States is juggling multiple crises at home and around the world. Operating in crisis mode has meant a lack of attention to over-the-horizon issues, not least of which are in the Arctic, where there is a looming fight for territorial expansion driven by large amounts of untapped oil and natural gas resources in the “High North."

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  • Strategy Session with Danish Minister of Defence Nick Hækkerup

    On March 27, the Atlantic Council hosted Danish Minister of Defense Nick Hækkerup for a strategy session to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing NATO in the lead-up to the Chicago Summit in May.The session included many senior representatives from the Washington policy and industry communities, and was moderated by executive vice president of the Atlantic Council, Damon Wilson.

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  • Strategy Session with Danish Foreign Minister Villy Søvndal

    On Wednesday, December 14, the Council hosted Minister Villy Søvndal in a working lunch and strategy session to discuss NATO involvement in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Minister visited Washington following his trips to Helmand Province and Kabul for meetings with ISAF and Afghan leaders, and his leadership of Denmark’s representation to the Bonn conference last week.

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  • National Composition of NATO Strike Sorties in Libya

    NATO E-3 AWAC flying with three U.S. Air Force F-16s in a 2003 exercise

    Eight nations participated in strike sorties in NATO’s Operation Unified Protector (OUP) in Libya. These nations are the US, France, Great Britain, Canada, Italy, Denmark, Belgium, and Norway. 

    However, there are now only seven nations conducting strike sorties because Norway withdrew its aircraft as of August 1. Britain contributed four additional fighters to help offset the loss of the Norwegian jets. The US has also recently increased its contribution of aircraft and armed Predator UAVs. The US and Germany have also provided bombs to allies with low stockpiles.

    Aircraft from other countries, such as Sweden, Qatar, and the Netherlands, are participating in other missions such as enforcing the no-fly and surveillance, but are not involved in combat missions in Libya.

    NATO discloses each day the total number of collective sorties flown in the previous 24 hours and the total of all sorties since the start of OUP, but it does not break it down into national contributions. Such national details can only be found sporadically and from different sources.  National levels of strike sorties flown have fluctuated since NATO took over military operations in Libya on March 31, 2011. The following information matches each country’s most recent number of strike sorties to the number of total strike sorties by that date.

    France:  33%, approximately 2,225 strike sorties (out of 6,745 total sorties by August 4)

    US:  16%, 801 strike sorties, (out of 5,005 strike sorties by June 30)

    Denmark:  11%, dropped 705 bombs (out of the 7,079 missions by August 11)

    Britain:  10%, 700 strike sorties (out of 7,223 total sorties by August 15)

    Canada:  10%, approximately 324 strike sorties (based on 3,175 NATO strike sorties by May 25)

    Italy:  10% (Not applicable until April 27 when Italy committed 4 Tornados for strike sorties)

    Norway:  10%, 596 strike sorties (out of the 6,125 missions by August 1, no longer active)

    Belgium:  8th ally participating in combat missions, no public data available on number of strike sorties  (photo: USAF)

    UPDATE from Emma Thelwell, Channel 4 News:  In an interview with Radio 4 David Cameron claimed the UK conducted 20 per cent of all Nato strike sorties in Libya. He said: “Britain performed 1,600 of those, so around a fifth of strike sorties and I think that is punching, as it were, at our weight or even above our weight.” The MoD confirmed the numbers to FactCheck and revealed that the UK has conducted 12 per cent of all sorties overall.

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  • Denmark's Anders Fogh Rasmussen Next NATO Chief?

    "Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the Danish prime minister, appears set to become the new secretary-general of Nato, following a private agreement by the leaders of Britain, France and Germany to back his candidacy," James Blitz reports for the FT.

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