Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen


Dr. Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen is Director of the Institute for Strategy at the Royal Danish Defence Academy and associate professor at the Department of Political Science at Copenhagen University.

From 2008 to 2014 she as an executive director at the Danish Security and Intelligence Service (PET). Her areas of responsibility comprised intelligence fusion and strategic threat analysis, preventive efforts to counter terrorism and violent extremism, exit-interventions, protective security efforts, information security, and personnel vettings.

Previously, she worked as a research manager and senior researcher at the Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS).

Anja Dalgaard-Nielsen serves on the advisory boards of the Global Center on Cooperative Security, Washington DC, and the Center for Asymmetric Threat Studies at the National Defence College in Sweden. She holds a Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University SAIS, an MA in political science from the University of Aarhus, and an executive MA of public management and governance from Copenhagen Business School and the University of Copenhagen.

She has published widely on topics such as terrorism, radicalization, homeland security, peace-keeping operations, and transatlantic relations and is a frequently used expert and commentator in Danish national electronic and print media.  A link to the list of Dr. Dalgaard-Nielsen's publications can be found here.