GIGA Institute for Asian Studies

Asia is the most populous, and arguably most heterogeneous, continent in the world. In recent decades, it has experienced rapid development. China is now the second largest economy in the world, while the middle class in India is growing rapidly. Furthermore, many other countries on the continent have become important economic and political actors. There are, however, obvious international tensions and social challenges confronting large parts of the region. In short, Asia is undergoing radical change.

The GIGA Institute for Asian Studies (IAS) has been analysing political, economic, and social developments in Asia since 1956. Our regional focal points include Greater China, India, Japan, Southeast Asia, as well as Australia and New Zealand. At the heart of IAS research are currently topics such as populism and its impact on foreign policy, civil–military relations, social policy and national innovation systems, and the role of India and China in global and regional governance. The institute’s findings represent an important source of knowledge for decision makers from the private and public sectors.

The IAS is one of the leading European institutes of Asian Studies. IAS researchers are regularly on site and work closely with local partners. Under the umbrella of the GIGA, the institute serves as the seat of the secretariat of the German Association for Asian Studies (DGA) and is a partner of the European Alliance for Asian Studies (Asia Alliance). As part of its international cooperation efforts, the IAS publishes the peer-reviewed Journal of Current Chinese Affairs and Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs.

Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner

Vice President
Director of the GIGA Institute for Asian Studies


+49 (0)40 - 42 88 74-18

Rothenbaumchaussee 32
20148 Hamburg

Selected Publications

Marco Bünte / Patrick Köllner / Richard Roewer

Myanmar’s Political Transformation since 2011

Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs, 38, 2020, 3 / Special Issue (guest editors)

Johannes Plagemann / Sandra Destradi / Amrita Narlikar (eds.)

India Rising: A Multilayered Analysis of Ideas, Interests, and Institutions

New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2020


Conference | -

Regional Stakes of India's Foreign Policy

Online event
Conference | 

Global Order is Dead, Long Live Global Order? Taking Stock in 2020

Online event