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Department of Foreign-, Security- & Development Policy

The Department follows and reports on U.S. foreign and security policy, defense policy related aspects of U.S. security policy as well as development policy. The Department furthermore promotes Danish positions and initiatives within the field. The Department also monitors domestic policy issues and the general political debate in the U.S. with a foreign, security and development dimension.

On a daily basis, the Department is working closely with U.S. government institutions in the executive and legislative branch as well as the American think tank and academic community. This includes policy dialogue and consultations, reporting to the Danish Government on U.S. foreign and security policy as well as defence and development policy and keeping close bilateral relations with the U.S. The aim is to present and explain the Danish government’s foreign, security and development policy and to promote transatlantic relations and cooperation.

The Department is also responsible for the management of issues relating to the World Bank Group and the Inter-American Development Bank. This includes policy dialogue, preparation of Board meetings, management of Danish contributions, performance assessment, advisory services for Danish companies and reporting to the Danish Government.


Department of Foreign Policy


Ms. Lene Mandel Vensild 
Minister Counselor (Foreign & Security Policy)
Tel: (202) 797-5344


Mr. Marcus Carter Mathiasen
First Secretary (Foreign & Security Policy)
Tel: (202) 304-8907


Mr. Martin Egknud Petersen
Advisor (Political)
Tel: (202) 368- 4919


Department of Security Policy


Mr. Peter Michael Nielsen
Minister Counselor (Defense)
Tel: (202) 797-5378


Department of Development Policy


Mr. Anders Ørnemark
Minister Counselor (Development Policy & International Financial Institutions)
Tel: (202) 679-2888


Mr. Jeppe Mathias Helsted
Senior Advisor (Climate & Energy)
Tel: (202) 797-5312  


Ms. Anna Cecilie Friis Bach
Advisor (Development)
Tel: (202) 797-5337