Thematic Editions of the GIGA Focus Series

The various thematic editions of the GIGA Focus series discuss the specific global and regional expressions of an overarching issue. While they do not adopt a strictly comparative approach, they do show how certain phenomena change and travel across the world and within different historic and cultural contexts. They also reflect the GIGA’s approach of taking into account the philosophical traditions and historical experiences of all world regions.


Die G20 im Kontext globaler Veränderungen

Die G20 repräsentieren rund zwei Drittel der Weltbevölkerung, über 80 Prozent der weltweiten Wirtschaftsleistung und drei Viertel des Welthandels. Vor dem Hintergrund der deutschen G20-Präsidentschaft im Jahr 2017 bietet diese Themenreihe des GIGA Focus fundierte Analysen zur G20 als Institution und ihrem Potenzial sowie zu zentralen Themen der G20-Agenda aus regionaler Perspektive.


The G20 amidst Globalisation

The G20 countries represent approximately two-thirds of the world’s population, over 80 per cent of the world’s economic activity, and three-quarters of global trade. Against the backdrop of Germany’s G20 presidency in 2017, this thematic GIGA Focus series provides research-based analyses of the G20 as an institution, of its potential, and of central issues on the G20 agenda as seen from a regional perspective.

Amrita Narlikar

Can the G20 Save Globalisation?

GIGA Focus Global, 01/2017

Sebastian Biba / Heike Holbig

China in the G20: A Narrow Corridor for Sino–European Cooperation

GIGA Focus Asia, 02/2017

Daniel Neff / Joachim Betz

Gender Justice as an International Objective: India in the G20

GIGA Focus Asia, 03/2017

Sabine Kurtenbach / Detlef Nolte

Latin America’s Fight against Corruption: The End of Impunity

GIGA Focus Latin America, 03/2017


Flight and Migration

Across the world, 65 million people are currently leaving their homes and crossing borders to seek asylum and protection. The number of people “on the move” internally is much higher, as migration has many causes and motivations. This thematic edition of the GIGA Focus series sheds light on the multiple aspects and experiences of flight and migration.

Felix Haaß / Sabine Kurtenbach / Julia Strasheim

Fleeing the Peace: Emigration after Civil War

GIGA Focus Global, 02/2016

Nicole Hirt

Eritrean Refugees: The Pawns of European Interests

GIGA Focus Africa, 02/2016

Luicy Pedroza / Pau Palop / Bert Hoffmann

Calling Abroad: Latin America Reshapes Its Emigrant Policies

GIGA Focus Latin America, 03/2016

Sebastian Prediger / Franzisca Zanker

Why European Migration Policies on Africa Need a Change of Direction

GIGA Focus Africa, 06/2016


A Pluralist Approach to Social Sciences

Most approaches to solving real-world problems are based on the experiences of the industrialised Western world. Other experiences – if taken into account at all – are measured against this ideal type. This thematic edition of the GIGA Focus demonstrates the added value of including the ideas as well as the experiences of the Global South, with a specific focus on democracy and democratisation.

Mariana Llanos / Detlef Nolte

The Many Faces of Latin American Presidentialism

GIGA Focus Latin America, 01/2016

Christian von Soest / Fabian Bohnenberger

External Intervention to Strengthen Democracy in Africa

GIGA Focus Africa, 04/2016

Stephan Rosiny / Thomas Richter

The Arab Spring: Misconceptions and Prospects

GIGA Focus Middle East, 04/2016