News

May 2016

New Study |

GIGA scholars contributed to the African Economic Outlook 2016.

Interview |

As conflicts continue to escalate in the region, Jordan remains stable. In fact, the kingdom is actually profiting from the chaos and the refugees, says political scientist André Bank in conversation with Jannis Hagmann from Qantara.de.

Interview |

Julia Strasheim, peace and security researcher at the GIGA, sheds light on the role of transitional governments in post-war societies.

New Study |

Where do Germans and Chinese diverge and converge? Chinese technology firm Huawei presented the results of a large-scale study today - in cooperation with the GIGA.

Journal |

In the past, the relationship between dictators and political parties in Latin America was ambivalent. What effect has that had on democratization? This question and others are discussed in the new Journal of Politics in Latin America.

April 2016

Journal |

Can ASEAN cope with China? This and other questions are examined in the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs.

Doctoral Programme |

Earlier this week, the GIGA honored 13 junior scholars who have completed the GIGA Doctoral Programme.

Commentary |

Instead of finally subsiding after decades, war continues to spread in South Sudan. The current peace agreement itself is even playing a role. A guest editorial by Tim Glawion on ZEIT ONLINE.

Journal |

The journal covers relevant issues and events in Africa as well as Africa's role within the international system.

March 2016

Interview |

Islamic State (IS) is carrying out attacks in Europe because it’s on the defensive. The attacks are meant to jolt its own fighters, says GIGA Middle East expert Stephan Rosiny in an interview with NZZ am Sonntag.

Commentary |

In Colombia, there could soon be peace. But one problem remains: What should be done with all the fighters? Sabine Kurtenbach's contribution to Sueddeutsche Zeitung explains.

Research on the Judiciary |

An extensive and unique research project has investigated judicial independence in various countries. The results were presented this week in Canberra, Australia.

South Sudan |

Why do some religious leaders support violence, while others do not? In an article published in Political Research Quarterly, Matthias Basedau and Carlo Koos shed light on these and other questions.

February 2016

Interview |

Pascal Abb is a research fellow at the GIGA Institute of Asian Studies. In this interview, he explains why conflicts keep occurring in this region and what role the South China Sea plays in terms of politics.

Interview |

For the time being, the African Union will not send peacekeeping troops to Burundi to prevent an escalation of the violence there. Julia Grauvogel of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs explains what has prevented the AU from doing so and the current situation in Burundi.

Book |

What geopolitical strategies is India pursuing vis-à-vis its neighbours and Germany, China, and the United States? In the new book Engaging the World, researchers analyse the country’s foreign policy.

January 2016

Journal |

The Chinese city of Guangzhou (Canton) is one of the world’s most important trade centers. More and more African migrants are seeking their fortunes there. The current Journal of Current Chinese Affairs focuses on their dreams and hopes, their lives, and their suffering.

Retrospective |

New research results on global issues, three new event series, and some top marks – through these and other highlights, the GIGA put its stamp on worlds of scholarship and policy.

Journal |

Myanmar is undergoing radical changes. In what ways do the parties represent the country’s various political trends? This and other questions are examined in this issue of the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs.

Book |

The foreign policy of Brazil, India, and South Africa is no longer determined by the respective central governments alone. GIGA researcher Johannes Plagemann has investigated how the importance of regional and transnational actors is increasing.

December 2015

Journal |

Recent perceptions of Africa’s economic growth have been misleading. The new Africa Spectrum provides a matter-of-fact analysis of this and other issues.

Event review |

Globally renowned researchers, practitioners, and media representatives discussed some of the world’s most challenging questions at the inaugural GIGA Global Transitions Conference.

Journal |

What has caused the waves of protest in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Venezuela? How can we measure the level of trust in institutions? The new Journal of Politics in Latin America deals with these and other questions.

Event |

It was standing room only at the inaugural event of the new “Border Crossers” series coordinated by the GIGA and NDR. The topic: China’s climate future.

November 2015

Conference |

Top academics and political decision makers will come to Hamburg on 3 and 4 December to analyse the pressing problems of our time.

Conference |

Despite its economic crisis, regional power Brazil continues to dominate in South America. How does Colombia respond to that? Researchers discussed this at an international conference in the Colombian city of Cali.

Journal |

It's not only democratic states that work together and learn from each other; indeed, authoritarian states do this as well. The current issue of the European Journal of Political Research analyses the strategies of such states.

People |

Professor Andreas Mehler, GIGA board member and director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs (IAA), left the GIGA on 1 October 2015. He is now the director of the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute in Freiburg and professor of development theory and development policy at the University of Freiburg.

Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series |

How can global financial crises be politically managed and prevented? The GIGA has invited Professor Louis Pauly (University of Toronto) to Hamburg, Germany, on November 10 to shed light on this and other questions.

India |

India is seen as a country of unfulfilled potential. Will it manage to free itself of its shackles under Prime Minister Narendra Modi? GIGA researchers shed light on this question in the new Internationale Politik country portrait.

October 2015

GIGA Website |

After months of refinement, the GIGA is pleased to present its new website, with a freshened-up design and a new web address: www.giga.hamburg *.

Journal |

Ever more Chinese people are studying abroad. The new Journal of Current Chinese Affairs examines how they reflect on Western values and the stereotypes they face.

September 2015

People |

Mariana Llanos has won this year's Founders Award from the American Political Science Association for her article on "The Institutional Presidency in Latin America: A Comparative Analysis". She received the prize together with her colleague Magna Inácio of Brazil.

Journal |

The political reforms in Myanmar are also changing the country's relationships with the United States, China, and the European Union. The latest Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs examines the direction Myanmar is taking.

Journal |

This year once again, the GIGA journal Africa Spectrum proves one of the top-ten most important journals in area studies. The current issue's contributors investigate, among other topics, the political requirements for oil production in Namibia and the elections in Nigeria.

August 2015

Journal |

How effective are unions in South America? Which NGOs are preferred when it comes to donations? Is corruption a matter of opinion? The latest issue of the Journal of Politics in Latin America investigates socio-political structures in the region.

GIGA Working Paper |

How do authoritarian rulers justify their claims to power? Christian von Soest and Julia Grauvogel inspect the legitimation strategies of post-Soviet regimes.

July 2015

Annual Report |

A 50-year anniversary, a new president and a new award – many highlights, outlined in the new annual report, shaped the GIGA in 2014.

GIGA Working Paper |

The state’s influence on civic organisations in Vietnam is significant. Some NGOs resist this pressure, finds a study by a German-Vietnamese research team that includes Jörg Wischermann.

Journal |

Whether state television or social networks, the media in China continues to be used for propaganda purposes. The authors of the new Journal of Current Chinese Affairs examine the Chinese government’s current media strategy.

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