News

November 2020

Person |

Am 27. Oktober 2020 ist Prof. Stephan Klasen, PhD (Universität Göttingen / Courant Forschungszentrum) nach langer und schwerer Krankheit in Göttingen verstorben.

October 2020

Cooperation |

PINPoints is the biannual online publication of PIN. Each issue contains an overview of past and future events, reports of PIN related activities and, most importantly, articles with the latest developments and insights in international negotiation research.

A Heartfelt Goodbye |

After a long illness, Dr. Daniel Flemes passed away in mid-October 2020. We mourn the passing of our dear friend and colleague.

In brief |

GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is part of latest Foreign Affairs expert survey.

Award |

Dr. Tim Glawion’s doctoral thesis The Security Arena in Africa: Local Order-Making in the Central African Republic, Somaliland, and South Sudan has won the 2019 Arnold Bergstraesser Award. Cambridge University Press published the monograph in 2020.

Journal |

Democratic backsliding in Southeast Asia? The current issue of the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs focuses on populism, the personalization of politics, institutionalized corruption, and indigenous and Islamic movements in countries such as Indonesia and Myanmar.

September 2020

Book |

Comparative Area Studies (CAS), the GIGA’s flagship methodological approach, keeps going strong: APSA newsletter devotes symposium to CAS and a new edited volume is under preparation.

August 2020

In brief |

Uganda had one of the strictest lockdowns in East Africa, including closing all but essential businesses, dusk-to-dawn curfews, and bans on both private and public transport vehicles. We take a look at how these measures affected people and businesses in the informal economy.

In brief |

Review of a successful year 2019

Journal |

The current issue of the GIGA Journal of Politics in Latin America contains analyses on topics such as the legalization of marijuana in Uruguay, access to law and justice in Brazil, and how politicians in Mexico misuse forms of direct democracy for their purposes.

July 2020

Journal |

This issue of the GIGA Journal of Current Chinese Affairs covers topics such as the social and political role of Chinese associations in Africa, the ideological discourse of "positive energy" in China, and the redefinition of the concept of "citizen diplomacy".

Journal |

The new issue of the GIGA Journal of Politics in Latin America offers a variety of analyses of topics such as drug crime, law enforcement, or oppositional patterns against democracy in Mexico, as well as a reassessment of the 2017 presidential election in Chile.

In brief |

Many refugees and migrant workers in the Global South must thwart curfews in order to make a living. GIGA researchers Dr. Lea Müller-Funk, Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz and Dr. Christiane Fröhlich analyse, how COVID-19 impacts (forced) migration in the Middle East and North Africa.

June 2020

Journal |

This issue of the Africa Spectrum focuses in the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance. It contains analyses on topics such as corona and migration in South Africa, the experiences of Ghanaian soldiers in peacekeeping missions, and Uganda's "ghetto president" as a challenger the upcoming presidential elections.

In brief |

With its devastating consequences, the global COVID-19 pandemic has initially tamed international conflict. However, these encouraging responses will most likely be short-lived. GIGA expert Dr. Christian von Soest on the impact of the coronavirus on political violence in the Global South.

Book |

Latest book by GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar (Cambridge University Press, May 2020)

In brief |

After having experienced one of the strictest lockdowns worldwide in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the five million residents of New Zealand are on their way to a return to normal life. GIGA expert Prof. Dr. Patrick Köllner on New Zealand and Australia and their collaboration with the Pacific island countries.

May 2020

In brief |

Article by Amrita Narlikar, 26 May 2020 – As COVID19 spreads death and destruction, one may well ask the question: will multilateralism be yet another victim of this global pandemic?

Journal |

More democracy in Myanmar? The current special issue of the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs focuses on the political developments since the beginning of the democratic transformation process in 2011, offering background analyses on topics such as legislative institutionalisation, party structures, and the persistent violence against minorities.

In brief |

On 4 April 2020 the German minister for development cooperation Gerd Müller raised deep concerns that the coronavirus pandemic might lead to hunger, riots, instability, and civil war, especially in Africa. Only days later, UN secretary-general António Guterres warned of grave consequences such as riots, civil wars, and new forms of terrorism. How likely are such worst-case scenarios?

April 2020

In brief |

The GIGA is taking part in the establishment of a Merian Centre for Advanced Studies in the Maghreb (MECAM) in the capital of Tunisia. This research centre will be dedicated to the study of processes of social change that have come about as a result of the Arab protest movements of 2011.

Journal |

This special issue of the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs focuses the following question: Why does factionalism in Southeast Asia increase in some competing party systems relative to others? The articles deal with Indonesia, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Singapore, among others.

March 2020

Award |

Dr. Christiane Fröhlich and co-authors Dr. Andrew Baldwin and Dr. Delf Roth were awarded the first John Urry Memorial Prize for their article “From climate migration to anthropocene mobilities: shifting the debate”.

In brief |

Article by Amrita Narlikar, 13 March 2020 – There’s “Keep-calm-and-carry-on” and then there’s burying one’s head in the sand. Germany’s blasé response to the Coronavirus crisis reveals some unpleasant truths. If we have any hope of flattening the curve, the narrative needs changing.

Journal |

This issue of the Africa Spectrum offers analyses on topics such as ethnic quotas in foreign non-governmental organisations, the tension between the state and Islamist groups in Zanzibar, and on allocation models in climate aid.

Column by GIGA President in Tagesspiegel |

Prof. Amrita Narlikar shares her thoughts on the state of the world – and all things global – in the column, “Globale Gedanken,” in the national newspaper Tagesspiegel.

February 2020

Journal |

The new issue of the Journal of Politics in Latin America offers a variety of analyses of topics such us social policies in Brazil and peace negotiations in Colombia as well as the power of political charisma in Venezuela and anti-corruption policies in Argentina.

Award |

Dr. Lea Müller-Funk was awarded the IMISCOE - Rinus Penninx Best Paper Award 2019 for her paper „Investigating mobility aspirations of refugees in fragile political contexts: Ethical reflections and methodological choices.”

In brief |

GIGA President sets the stage for Federal Foreign Minister Maas and moderates panel on Westlessness in the world.

In brief |

Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is named among five exceptional female scientists with links to Germany.

January 2020

Journal |

This issue of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs analyses various topics like the growing separatist tendencies in Hongkong, kinship in 21st century China, or UK’s strategic partnership with China.

Press Release |

The GIGA has a new board member: Prof. Dr. Merike Blofield takes up her position as Director of the GIGA Institute for Latin American Studies

In brief |

GIGA looks back on an eventful and successful year 2019. The picture gallery shows some selected highlights.

Journal |

This issue of Africa Spectrum covers a variety of topics with a special focus on “The African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.” It also offers analyses on topics such as women’s political rights in Africa and a report on tracing legacies of violence in French Equatorial Africa.

In brief |

Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach was appointed member of the Academic Advisory Board of the German Foundation for Peace Research (DSF) as of 1 January 2020.

December 2019

Book |

New book by GIGA Research Fellow Dr. Saskia Ruth-Lovell

In brief |

The GIGA team wishes you a peaceful Christmas season and a happy new year 2020!

In brief |

GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar is part of latest Foreign Affairs expert survey

November 2019

Cooperation |

PINPoints is the biannual online publication of PIN. Each issue contains an overview of past and future events, reports of PIN related activities and, most importantly, articles with the latest developments and insights in international negotiation research.

Award |

For the second time, a young researcher from the GIGA receives the Leibniz Dissertation Award. Dr. Felix Haaß was awarded the prize for his dissertation “Buying Democracy? The Political Economy of Foreign Aid, Power-Sharing Governments, and Post-Conflict Political Development.”

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