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Julia Strasheim, a former doctoral student and research fellow at the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, has been awarded the highly regarded Leibniz Dissertation Award in the category Humanities and Social Sciences for her thesis, titled “Interim Governments and the Stability of Post-Interim Peace.” Although graduates of the GIGA doctoral programme have been nominated before (a big achievement in its own right), Julia Strasheim is the first winner of this prize from the GIGA. The GIGA is delighted and very proud to have facilitated such award-winning research and congratulates her on this success.
In her dissertation about interim governments and their value for securing long-term peace after violent conflict, Julia Strasheim successfully implemented the Leibniz motto of interlinking theory and practice. Her findings from a quantitative analysis of 62 interim governments during the period from 1989 to 2012 combined with a qualitative assessment using the three cases of Nepal, Angola, and Cambodia offer new insights, even for established experts in the field. Her fieldwork in Nepal not only provided the basis for her important results but also demonstrates her commitment to the GIGA principle of doing research not only on but also with the regions.
The Leibniz Dissertation Award has been conferred for outstanding dissertations from Leibniz institutions since 1997. The prize is awarded annually in the two categories “Humanities and Social Sciences” and “Natural Sciences and Engineering.”
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