News

January 2016

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.

June 2015

Dossier |

One year ago the "Islamic State" proclaimed a caliphate. The IS has used the recent attacks in Tunisia and Kuwait primarily to generate renewed attention, says Stephan Rosiny. A dossier.

GIGA Working Paper |

Since the conflicts in Bosnia and Rwanda, the research on sexual violence in armed conflicts has increased significantly. But why the victims are supported in some communities and stigmatized in others remains under-researched, explains Carlo Koos.

GIGA Working Paper |

The Arab Spring led to significant upheavals in the Middle East. André Bank and Mirjam Edel analyse what the authoritarian rulers in Syria, Jordan and other countries have learned from these events.

May 2015

GIGA Working Paper |

Do more social transfers take place in democracies than in autocracies? Marina Dodlova and Anna Giolbas investigate the connection between regime type, redistribution, and inequality in developing countries.

Journal |

Thailand after the coup, geothermal energy in Indonesia, and academic policy in Malaysia – the new Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs focuses once again on societal developments in Southeast Asia.

GIGA Working Paper |

Why are oil states often not democratic, even when multiparty elections take place? Michael Wahman and Matthias Basedau examine how oil revenues influence the political balance of power in countries with authoritarian regimes.

GIGA Working Paper |

Taxes, labour and natural resources – with state expansion, states' economic demands of the population increase. Using historical data from the former colony of German East Africa, Alexander De Juan investigates the conditions under which this leads to violent rebellion.

April 2015

GIGA Working Paper |

Governing parties in Africa can operate nationwide with the help of state resources. For opposition parties, this is more difficult. They mostly represent local interest groups and reach fewer votes. Michael Wahman discusses African parties and their national influence.

Journal |

The GIGA’s Africa Spectrum journal is one of the ten best area studies journals. It is currently celebrating its fiftieth birthday with an anniversary issue on topics such as health policy in Botswana, the "anti-Charlie Hebdo" protests in Niger and the elections in Malawi.

GIGA Working Paper |

Within the last 50 years, the Brazilian share of South American power has increased extensively. Luis Leandro Schenoni asks why most countries in the region have not implemented any consistent balancing or bandwagoning strategies vis‐à‐vis Brazil.

Journal |

In the new Journal of Politics in Latin America the authors investigate, among other things, the stability of democracies in Latin America. They look at civic participation in Brazil, the rule of law in Ecuador, and the link between the perception of corruption and turnover elections in Latin America.

GIGA Working Paper |

Relations between China and the Southeast Asian states are shaped by both conflict and cooperation. In the current GIGA Working Paper, Pascal Abb and Georg Strüver investigate how these linkages impact countries’ alignment with China’s global agenda.

ISP Network |

On 9 and 10 April 2015, at the final conference of the international Institutions for Sustainable Peace network, scientists and politicians will discuss institutions that create peace.

Book |

Brazil's influence in global governance is growing. In his book Brazil's Emerging Role in Global Governance, Markus Fraundorfer analyses the strategies behind this increased influence.

March 2015

GIGA Working Paper |

Globalization has led to far-reaching changes in East and Southeast Asia. Heike Holbig discusses the current state of interdisciplinary research on Asia in the context of efforts towards de- and re-territorialization.

Dossier |

In mid-April Indian prime minister Narendra Modi will visit Germany. Interest in India is growing. The GIGA is one of the largest European centres examining developments in the country from a social sciences perspective.

ESSAY |

The Politics of Poverty at the Doha negotiations of the WTO, analyzed by Amrita Narlikar in her new article in Foreign Affairs.

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