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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

CONFERENCE REPORT |

Institutions should regulate social life and prepare society for challenges. However, at times these functions remain promises rather than reality. An international conference organized by the GIGA examined the various roles of institutions using comparative methods.

Topic |

This week Egyptians vote for a new president. Abdel Fatah al-Sisi, former army commander-in-chief, is the favourite, but whether he can bring peace to the country is questionable.

Essay |

Social scientists have to let go of old views of the world in order to understand global power relations. Affluence is in no way a necessary precondition for democracy, and federalism is not a panacea. By Andreas Mehler

Review 2014 |

The German Federal Foreign Office has called for a rethinking of German foreign policy. At conferences and via the online platform www.review2014.de, experts and the public are discussing new perspectives. The GIGA is also participating.

Brief Comment |

The Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi has won the general elections in India. Now he must prove that he can unite the country. Otherwise, this departure will lead to a dead end. By Sandra Destradi

Topic |

Agricultural lands are a gold mine for many economic actors. But who leases, sells and buys these lands around the world? The Land Matrix provides the answers. ARTE television has presented these findings in two documentaries.

Graduation Ceremony |

World powers, water rights, corruption: the doctoral dissertations at the GIGA are as diverse as the doctoral students’ origins. At this year’s graduation ceremony, the GIGA celebrated roughly one dozen doctoral students’ successful completion of the programme – and simultaneously welcomed this year’s new class.

Journal |

Corruption in Mexico, instability in Ecuador and collapse in Venezuela: Latin America is changing. The new issue of the Journal of Politics in Latin America delves into the details.

GIGA Forum |

It’s the biggest election in the world: 815 million people may cast a vote for India’s next government. Signs point to change. GIGA scholars will discuss the impact of the election at the GIGA Forum on 7 May 2014.

April 2014

Topic |

On 7 May, South Africa voted for a new parliament in the first election since Nelson Mandela’s death and 20 years after the end of apartheid. But the country’s own demands are threatening it with failure. A dossier

Journal |

Africa is not regarded as a stronghold of the rule of law; nevertheless, many political issues necessarily involve the law. The new issue of Africa Spectrum covers, among other topics, the differentiated minority rights of the Twa in Rwanda and Burundi, the erosion of constitutional jurisdiction in Southern Africa, and the effectiveness of international agreements on water resources in the Nile Basin.

Journal |

The Chinese in Africa? Looters and neo-colonialists! The discussion of relations between China and Africa is generally informed by stereotypes. The newest edition of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs does away with many of these preconceptions.

March 2014

Top |

China’s new leader, Xi Jinping, has taken position to realize the dream of the rebirth of a strong China. The realignment is also being watched carefully in Europe. A dossier

Topic |

The Oscar-nominated film The Act of Killing took a ruthless look at the 1965–1966 massacre in Indonesia. However, in the country itself, a culture of forgetting prevails. In two new GIGA publications scholars have analysed the reasons behind this.

Discussion |

The new Chinese leadership has announced an ambitious reform programme. But is the new government in fact able to implement the programme? GIGA scholars will discuss this issue at the GIGA Forum on 19 March 2014.

Cooperation |

The world order is changing, and with it political science research. Within the framework of a joint professorship, the GIGA and Hamburg’s Helmut Schmidt University are to collaborate on key international relations and regional governance topics.

Topic |

According to the federal government, Germany should play a bigger role in military missions. The GIGA has undertaken extensive research on Germany as a "New Power".

Topic |

The protests against President Nicolás Maduro have not stopped. Venezuelan society is divided. The GIGA provides background information on the country and the unrest there.

February 2014

New Project |

The influence of authoritarian regimes on the international stage is increasing. There is already talk of a decline in democracy. From July 2014 the GIGA will examine how regimes actually spread and how they learn from and cooperate with each other. To do so, the GIGA will establish an international network.

January 2014

Topic |

What needs to happen for peace to take hold in divided societies? The Institutions for Sustainable Peace network is searching for answers – and presenting its first results.

Analysis |

China’s increased interest in Latin America has been deemed a threat to the United States in its "strategic backyard", argue Nele Noesselt and Ana Soliz Landivar.

Discussion |

Once heralded as a success story of international peace policy, Mozambique has again descended into guerilla war. At the GIGA Forum on 15 January, experts will discuss the background to this development.

December 2013

Brief Comment |

Africa is booming – at least in the media. But this hope is deceptive: GIGA studies show that within the individual countries, development is taking place at very different rates. By Robert Kappel

Topic |

He was the first democratically elected president of South Africa – and the world’s most renowned symbol of the triumph over racial segregation. A thematic dossier on the death of Nelson Mandela

Discussion |

Domestic protests and foreign policy setbacks have slowed down Turkey's rise. At the GIGA Forum on 4 December, experts will be discussing the development of the country.

November 2013

Brief Comment |

The conflict in the South China Sea is threatening to escalate. There is a lack of level-headedness among the parties involved. By Patrick Köllner

Essay |

A prominent study found that sanctions attained their goal only in one-third of all cases. But there are conditions under which they can be useful, writes GIGA researcher Christian von Soest in an essay for the New York Times.

Discussion |

With the international forces withdrawing from Afghanistan in 2014, a renewed civil war is threatening the country. At the GIGA Forum on 21 November, experts will be discussing what could stabilise the country.

Analysis |

A major reform breakthrough is expected as the outcome of the 3rd Plenary Session of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party currently held in Beijing. Can China’s new political leaders meet the expectations?

Topic |

Regime changes are generally associated with protest and state repression. GIGA researchers have carefully examined the interaction between transformation, violence and the military.

Topic |

Many Latin American countries are in the process of opening their markets. Competition on the continent is rising – even the United States, China and the European Union are vying for this growth region.

Person |

Germany defines its foreign policy as peace policy. The aim is to prevent possible crises. Different actors advise the federal government on this – as of November, Africa expert Dr Andreas Mehler too.

Journal |

China’s rise to the second-strongest economy in the world has led to growing inequality in the country itself. The government wants to control this with the expansion of the social system. At the local level, however, it is coming up against resistance – according to the new issue of the Journal of Current Chinese Affairs.

October 2013

Night of Knowledge |

An information journey through the world regions awaited visitors on 2 November at Neuen Jungfernstieg. The Hamburg Night of Knowledge – also at the GIGA.

Essay |

The NSA scandal reveals a deep gap between the United States and the new emerging world powers – especially on the Internet. By Hannes Ebert and Tim Maurer

Person |

Getting involved from Hamburg: GIGA researcher Llanos is appointed head of the major Latin American political science association.

Paper |

With its self-destructive policies, the brutal Eritrean regime has been digging its own grave. However, the opposition and the diaspora are hardly exploiting this.

Discussion |

Many Latin American countries have emancipated themselves from the "old powers" of the EU and the US. The GIGA Forum outlines how the region is internationally rewiring itself.

Yearbook |

The conflict between North and South Korea has kept the world in suspense for decades. Each year, the Korea Yearbook summarises the key developments and provides detailed information on politics, economy and society in the divided country. The current volume has now been published.

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