Since 2015 the GIGA has operated a research platform in Asia. Our aim is to intensify collaboration and exchange between academia, think tanks, the Federal Foreign Office, political foundations, and other partners in the region. Activities include joint academic conferences, workshops, and policy-oriented events as well as staff exchanges. The platform also allows us to explore innovative collaborations and establish new partnerships with other institutions in the wider Asia-Pacific/Indo-Pacific. In recent years, we have thus co-organised a number of academic events and policy-oriented exchanges in Beijing, Dunedin (New Zealand), Kuala Lumpur, New Delhi, Phitsanulok (Thailand), Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar, and Yangon. Joint activities with academics and journalists from the region have also taken place in Hamburg and Berlin.
In terms of institutional collaboration, the GIGA Research Platform Asia benefits from our cooperation agreements with the China Foreign Affairs University in Beijing, the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, and the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, United States. In Tokyo, the GIGA is permanently represented by its senior research fellow Dr. Iris Wieczorek. Building on a long-standing, fruitful collaboration with the Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses in New Delhi, the platform also facilitates our exchange with excellent scholars from or working on India. Objectives include strengthening our networks among research institutions and think tanks in India, enabling joint research, and transferring knowledge about policy-relevant research results to decision-makers and other key target audiences.