Danish Institute for International Studies

DIIS (Denmark)

DIIS is an independent research institution for international studies, financed primarily by the Danish state. DIIS carries out research and analysis on a wide range of issues within the areas of globalisation, security and development. DIIS participates in national and international debates and academic networks, and publishes in high-ranking academic journals. At the same time, DIIS assesses Denmark’s foreign and political situation and regularly informs the Danish media, politicians and the public about its work.  With approximately 100 employees, DIIS employs a variety of academic backgrounds and practitioners conducting theoretical and applied research, along with policy-relevant and policy-oriented research.

Contact information

Danish Institute for International Studies - DIIS

56 Strandgade
1401-Copenhagen K

Tel: +45 3269 8787
Website: http://www.diis.dk

The team

Gry Thomasen - Postdoc

Tel: + 45 32 69 86 33


Current research focuses on the international and national governance of natural uranium with special focus on the historical evolution of domestic and international safeguards (declarations and inspections).The International Atomic Energy Agency's safeguards system, Australia's and Kazakhstan's uranium practices, and the Greenlandic-Danish uranium history 1965-2014.


Uranium governanceGreenland and the ArcticDanish and European foreign policies

Cindy Vestergaard - Senior Researcher

Tel: +45 32 69 8785 - Fax: + 45 32 69 8700


Vestergaard’s current research focuses on the global governance of natural uranium, including major suppliers (Australia, Canada, Kazakhstan) and the debates surrounding potential emerging suppliers (such as Greenland and Tanzania) and consumers (i.e. India).  Her research portfolio also includes chemical weapons disarmament, biosecurity and import/export controls. Dr Vestergaard is also a Nonresident Fellow with the Managing Across Boundaries Initiative at the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C. Previous to joining DIIS, Dr Vestergaard worked on non-proliferation, arms control and disarmament policy and programming at Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Positions, among others, included Senior Policy Advisor, Global Partnership Program; Senior Policy Advisor, Foreign Intelligence Division; and Political Officer at Canada’s Mission to Hungary and Slovenia. Vestergaard has been an external lecturer at the University of Copenhagen; a regular contributor to media outlets and presents nationally and internationally on weapons of mass destruction, proliferation and disarmament issues. She has a BA in International Relations from the University of British Columbia, MA in International Relations and European Studies from Central European University (Budapest, Hungary) and PhD in Political Science from the University of Copenhagen.


Proliferation of weapons of mass destruction Chemical and biological safety, security and disarmament Nuclear disarmament G8 Global Partnership Missile defence Scientific social responsibility Iran nuclear issues