The GIGA is a leading non-university research institute that combines research expertise on the world regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. Under the umbrella of the GIGA, scholars conduct research in four regional institutes on the relevant developments on the ground. The institutes are the central hubs for the national and European research networks and associations that are dedicated to these regions.

The regional institutes account for the entire academic staff at the GIGA. The experts come from different disciplines and conduct research in the GIGA’s four cross-regional, thematic research programmes. They usually specialise in the various regions:


Afrika Grafik

GIGA Institute of African Affairs (IAA)

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa


Asien Grafik

GIGA Institute of Asian Studies (IAS)

Region: Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Australasia


Lateinamerika Grafik

GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies (ILAS)

Region: South and Central America, the Caribbean


Nahost Grafik

GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies (IMES)

Region: North Africa, Middle East