News

March 2015

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.

GIGA Working Paper |

For years, the international community has imposed sanctions on Iran. During the Ahmadinejad administration, these had especially severe consequences for the country. However, the regime persisted in the face of growing pressure. Oliver Borszik explains why.

GIGA Working Paper |

Very few Chinese youth are unemployed - according to official numbers. However, these figures are not accurate, explains Günter Schucher.

Topic |

Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Islamic State – the Middle East is undergoing a profound transformation. A dossier.

People |

GIGA researcher Luicy Pedroza has won the German Political Science Association’s (DVPW) Dietrich Thränhardt Award for her doctoral dissertation "Citizenship before Nationality. How Democracies Redefine Citizenship by Debating the Extension of Voting Rights to Settled Immigrants".

Journal |

In the span of just a few years, Taiwan's young democracy has already experienced two changes in government. The most recent issue of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs explores the social, political and economic consequences.

Journal |

From state-building to the internationalization of Chinese enterprises: the new issue of the Journal of Current Southeast Asian Affairs covers tradition, change and the role of the economy in Southeast Asia.

September 2014

GIGA Working Paper |

Sanctions are a key element in international politics, but they often result in countermeasures on the part of the targeted regime. This was also the case in Burundi - resulting in unintended consequences, explains Julia Grauvogel.

Journal |

Designing cabinets, influencing senatorial voting and forming civil–military relations – the new Journal of Politics in Latin America affords insights into how Latin American democracies function.

August 2014

GIGA Working Paper |

China’s rise to global power has required it to redefine its relations with socialist countries. Nele Noesselt analyses what the new Chinese foreign policy looks like and how China is reformulating its role as a socialist nation.

A Heartfelt Goodbye |

PD Dr. Gero Erdmann passed away at the end of July after losing a battle with cancer. Our dedicated, prolific and always low-key and congenial friend and colleague will be mourned.

July 2014

GIGA Working Paper |

Politically deprived groups are more likely to rebel. But does a revolt increase the likelihood of achieving political rights? Carlo Koos about the effect of ethnic rebellion on overcoming deprivation.

Journal |

Social science research in China fluctuates between freedom and restriction. The best way to deal with this situation is debated heavily in Europe – and in the new Journal of Current Chinese Affairs.

People |

The World Congress for Middle Eastern Studies meets every four years, and the next Congress will take place in August 2014 in Ankara. The event is among the most important meetings of Middle East experts worldwide. As a board member, Henner Fürtig will help shape the organization’s activities in the coming four years.

GIGA Forum Meets Review 2014 |

There’s no end in sight for the war in Syria. What responsibility does Germany hold? A discussion about the crisis in the Middle East and German foreign policy with Jörg Ambruster, the Federal Foreign Office, the GIGA and Hamburg citizens.

People |

The Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutsche Lateinamerikaforschung (German Latin American Studies Association) has elected Prof. Dr. Detlef Nolte for a further two years as president. He is now beginning his third term in this office.

Topic |

On 9 July, Indonesians will elect a new president. Among the favourites is Prabowo Subianto, an ex-general with authoritarian ideas. The country is at a turning point. A dossier

May 2014

Thema |

Despite the civil war in Syria, Bashar al-Assad will ensure his re-election as president on June 3. André Bank and Stephan Rosiny have tracked the developments in the country through their research – and analysed the background of the conflict. A dossier

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