GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies

The upheavals in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East have turned the region into a global focal point in recent years. The Arab Spring, the conflict between Israel and Palestine, and the development of political Islam are amongst the key issues in international politics.

The GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES) combines research expertise on the most important current issues in the Middle East. IMES scholars examine, inter alia, political regimes in the region, energy security issues, the Middle East conflict and Islamism, economic transformation processes and the reshaping of the regional order. The IMES has developed new approaches for assessing the region’s societies and economies and also provides detailed analyses for decision-makers in politics, business and the public sphere.

The IMES is the only institute in Germany that carries out systematic research on contemporary social scientific issues related to North Africa and the Middle East. IMES researchers regularly travel to the region and collaborate with local partners. Under the umbrella of the GIGA, the IMES is linked to relevant international associations. For example, it is a member of the council of the European Association for Middle Eastern Studies (EURAMES) and also has members in the German Middle East Studies Association for Contemporary Research and Documentation (DAVO).

Prof. Dr. Henner Fürtig

Director of the GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies


+49 (0)40 - 428 25-523

Neuer Jungfernstieg 21
20354 Hamburg

Selected Publications