News

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

In brief |

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

Book |

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

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.”

In brief |

Panel discussion with GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar at the KörberForum in Hamburg.

October 2019

Journal |

The new issue of the Journal of Politics in Latin America offers analyses on a variety of topics such as pension reforms in Chile, the perceptions of political corruption, indigenous language rights in Peru or feminist legislators, women’s representation, and career paths in Argentina.

Press Release |

The GIGA has a new board member: Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz today takes up his position as Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies.

September 2019

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.

Journal |

The new Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs deals, among other things, with the resurgence of ideology in Indonesia, the admission of Timor-Leste to ASEAN, the interests and strategies of the USA and the EU in South East Asia and other topics from the region.

Press release |

Under the leadership of the renowned researcher, the Institute aims to further expand its international appeal.

Journal |

“State and Society under Xi Jinping” is the focus of the special issue of our Journal of Current Chinese Affairs. The authors analyse Xi Jingping’s first five-year term, personal politics, foreign policy and other aspects of his political work.

August 2019

In brief |

GIGA President Amrita Narlikar was part of the delegation of Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on his trip to the United States and Canada.

Journal |

The new issue of the GIGA Journal of Politics in Latin America offers background analysis on a variety of topics, such as conspiracy theories around the "Chaco War," public opinion on labour laws in Latin America, federal distributive politics in the Argentine provinces, and digital activism in Brazil.

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