GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series


  • The GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series brings leading minds in academia and policy from all over the world to the Institute to stimulate public exchange on key global developments. With its online format during the Coronavirus pandemic, we have additionally reached a global audience.

    Initiated with funds from the Federal Foreign Office, both streams of the series – lectures by top scholars and leading practitioners – were inaugurated at City Hall hosted by the Hamburg Senate.

    Speakers in the former category have included Professors Jagdish Bhagwati, Peter Katzenstein, Etel Solingen, Daniel Drezner, Henry Farrell & Abraham Newman, and others. The practitioners’ part was initiated by Frank-Walter Steinmeier (who was Foreign Minister at the time, now Federal President of Germany), followed by among others Federal Minister for Agriculture, Julia Klöckner, and NATO General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg. For more on the individual lecture please see below.

    We are honoured that they and all our esteemed guests have accepted our invitation and look forward to continuing these important conversations.

    Since its inception in 2015 this GIGA flagship event is curated by our President Prof. Amrita Narlikar.

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    Video DSLS "Retreat from Afghanistan: What it Means for Regional and Global Order"
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    Video DSLS "Retreat from Afghanistan: What it Means for Regional and Global Order"

    GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series | 25/11/2021

    Retreat from Afghanistan: What it Means for Regional and Global Order

    The withdrawal of the Western forces from Afghanistan leaves behind a country in disarray and many open questions. Ambassador von Brandt, Prof. Dr. Mattoo, and Prof. Dr. Narlikar will discuss the range of competing interests and the impact of the developments on regional and global order. Video of event available.

    GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series | 27/04/2021

    Digital Diplomacy: Shaping Global Transformation

    The German Federal Foreign Office has put forth a comprehensive digitalisation strategy. The GIGA is proud to bring to you the two senior diplomats in charge of this policy. In their lecture, Ambassador Dr. Regine Grienberger and Ambassador Dr. Hinrich Thölken will address urgent matters of cyber foreign policy and the hopeful promise of digital transformation. Video of the event available.

    GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series | 30/06/2020

    Geopolitical Implications of COVID-19

    The GIGA is honoured to present to you a (virtual) GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture by NATO Secretary General Stoltenberg. He will speak on “Geopolitical Implications of COVID-19”. Video of the event availiable.

    GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series | 04/02/2020

    How to Foster Successful Interdependence of the Multilateral Trade System and Food Security

    Minister Julia Klöckner gives a GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture in the practitioners’ part of the series. With her analysis of the pressing issue of food security for a growing world population, the Minister will share her insights on the state of multilateralism today.​ Video of the event availiable.

    GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series | 09/12/2019

    Weaponized Interdependence

    Asymmetrically grown networks of informational and financial exchange allow states to use certain structural conditions for coercive ends. They increasingly “weaponize interdependence” with global effect. The lecture will present this new understanding of globalisation and power, which has clear policy implications.

    The GIGA is taking the coronavirus situation very seriously. Our events take place in the digital space or in hybrid format. Team GIGA is still working mainly from home. We are pleased to be able to offer you our products without restriction.

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