News

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.

Journal |

Are the Chinese in Africa only interested in short-term profit, and not in the host-countries and their people? The facts indicate something different say the authors of the new issue of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs.

Dossier |

Nigeria is suffering under the Boko Haram terrorist militia and from intensified conflicts between the government and the opposition. A dossier about a divided country

GIGA Working Paper |

The Millennium Development Goals’ post-2015 agenda needs to incorporate new approaches, write Jann Lay, Sarah Linde, Martin Ostermeier and Sebastian Prediger. On the strengths and weaknesses of the MDG employment indicators – and on the alternatives to them.

GIGA-IFSH |

Radical Islamists are currently battling for ideological supremacy in Central Asia. A new security flashpoint is imminent. Two Hamburg institutions, the GIGA and the IFSH, seek to assess this situation and further expand the cooperation on security issues.

Dossier |

China is the partner country for this year’s CeBIT. But although Chinese firms are making a mark in the IT sector, there’s a long way to go before China is an innovation power in other industries.

Topic |

Japan is an important partner for Germany in the sciences, as Angela Merkel’s meeting with Japanese researchers in Tokyo in mid-March demonstrates. The GIGA also maintains a research platform there.

GIGA Working Paper |

Can global governance become more democratic? Dawisson Belém Lopes argues that global intergovernmental organizations play a crucial role in this process and analyzes how democratic organizations such as the UN and UNESCO currently are.

January 2015

Interview |

Vietnam has abolished the ban on same-sex marriage – an unusual step in the region. Dr. Jörg Wischermann examines the consequences for the country's social development and analyzes the ongoing issues.

Research |

Infections can have dramatic consequences worldwide – as the case of Ebola has shown. Within the research network INFECTIONS’21, fourteen Leibniz institutes are studying ways to better control, prevent and fight infectious illnesses.

Publication |

Strengthening democracy is the main goal of many Western sanctions. However, Christian von Soest and Michael Wahman show how selectively the West uses sanctions to promote democratic standards.

GIGA Working Paper |

China, Brazil and South Africa are the leaders in their respective world regions. However, many smaller states are no longer collaborating solely with their dominant neighbor and are increasingly orienting themselves to the leading powers of other continents. Jorge F. Garzón analyzes the consequences.

Journal |

Emerging democratic aspirations and human rights concerns in Southeast Asia could change the regional organisation ASEAN over the long term. The new issue of the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs examines the potential and limits of this development.

New Book |

In contrast to other world regions, the Middle East currently has no prominent leading power. The recent upheavals could reshuffle the cards in this race. GIGA scientists have explored not only Arab countries’ chances of taking on this role, but also those of Iran and Israel.

December 2014

Topic |

Diplomatic relations between Cuba and the US have been on hold for 50 years, but it looks like that may be changing. A dossier on the Latin American country’s transition.

Journal |

Social responsibility and sustainable management are on the rise - in Chinese businesses, too. The current issue of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs explores this trend.

GIGA Working Paper |

Saudi Arabia opposes the rise to power of Islamist movements in the Middle East - despite sharing similar norms and values. May Darwich explains why similarity can also be a source of divergence, especially in international relations.

GIGA Working Paper |

More and more foreign firms are investing in the economies of sub-Saharan Africa. In many cases, local businesses can learn and benefit from the accompanying foreign expertise. Investments from other developing countries are especially advantageous in this respect, find Birte Pfeiffer, Holger Görg and Lucia Perez-Villar.

Journal |

In his eight years as Brazilian president, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva made an incomparable mark on the country. The current Journal of Politics in Latin America looks back at Lula's legacy and examines its continuing impact.

Journal |

The GIGA’s Africa Spectrum journal made the top-ten list of area studies journals this year. The current issue covers, among other things, state stability in Burundi, drug trafficking in Kenya and the elections in Nigeria.

November 2014

GIGA Working Paper |

Heated disputes between government and media are nearly day-to-day business in Brazil and Argentina. However, the two states handle the problem differently, shows Philip Kitzberger.

Topic |

The world’s biggest industrialized countries are currently Australia’s guests at the G20 summit in Brisbane. Australia itself is particularly interested in one summit participant: China. A dossier.

Event |

With the release of the IPCC Report and the climate conferences in New York and Lima, the UN has rung in a long year of important climate-policy decisions. At the GIGA Forum on 12 November, experts will discuss the possibilities for developing countries.

October 2014

GIGA Working Paper |

Argentina and Brazil are governed by presidents with extensive authority. But who influences their political agenda? Magna Inácio and Mariana Llanos look at the players in the background.

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