Press Releases

September 2017

Press Invitation and Event Announcement |
Lars-Hendrik Röller to speak at the GIGA about the future of multilateralism

Immediately after the parliamentary elections, Professor Lars-Hendrik Röller, Germany's G20 Sherpa and an economic policy advisor to the Federal Chancellor, will speak at the GIGA about Germany’s future role in global politics.

July 2017

Award |
GIGA Researcher Honoured with Dissertation Prize

Julia Strasheim has been honoured with the prestigious Körber Foundation’s German Dissertation Award. She received the first prize in the social sciences section for her outstanding dissertation on securing peace after violent conflicts.

June 2017

May 2017

March 2017

Press Release |
GIGA Launches Series of Articles and Events on the G20

Research institute provides background information, context, and discussion

February 2017

January 2017

Press Information |
GIGA and King’s College to Collaborate on Academic China Journal

Leading Asia journal to be jointly published by the GIGA and the King’s College–based Lau China Institute.

November 2016

Press Information |
Research Institutes and Think Tanks Support Germany as It Takes Over G20 Presidency

Members of the press are invited to get in touch with GIGA scholars for commentary and analysis on the G20 and its topics.

Media Invitation |
GIGA Global Transitions Conference in Hamburg on 1–2 December 2016

Leading international scholars and political decision makers will discuss the impact of external interventions.

October 2016

Press Release |
GIGA Wins Alumni Strategies Competition

The Hamburg-based Leibniz institute will receive support from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to further develop its research alumni strategy.

Press Release |
26.7 Million Hectares of Land in Investors’ Hands

New report by the Land Matrix initiative takes stock of situation.

July 2016

Press release |
GIGA Expert to Accompany German Federal President Gauck to Chile and Uruguay

Latin America expert Prof. Detlef Nolte will accompany Federal President Joachim Gauck on a state visit to Chile and Uruguay from 11 to 17 July.

June 2016

Press release |
Germany Announces UN Security Council Candidacy at GIGA Event in Hamburg

In his lecture at Hamburg City Hall, Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier spoke about the changing international order.

Media invitation |
German Federal Foreign Minister Steinmeier speaks at GIGA Event in Hamburg on 27 June

Lecture on German Foreign Policy and the United Nations

GIGA CAS Award 2016 |
Sean Yom Wins GIGA Prize for Comparative Area Studies

Political scientist Sean Yom has developed an innovative research approach for comparative area studies. The GIGA has granted him an award in recognition of this work.

May 2016

Press release |
The GIGA Refines Its Research Profile

The GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies announces its new research programmes.

April 2016

Press release |
GIGA Launches New GIGA Focus Series

High-utility publication to provide analyses, research results, and policy advice

Award |
Fana Gebresenbet wins first Young African Scholar Award

The award honours outstanding research by up-and-coming African scholars.

February 2016

Award |
GIGA Researchers Win Journal of Peace Research Prize

GIGA scholars Dr. André Bank and Dr. Alexander de Juan have been awarded the Nils Petter Gleditsch JPR Article of the Year Award for their findings on the Syria conflict.

July 2015

Press Release |
Leibniz Senate Certifies GIGA’s Outstanding Performance

The Leibniz Association Senate has awarded superb marks to the GIGA. In a statement published on 9 July 2015, the Senate writes that the GIGA has developed outstandingly in recent years and rates the institute’s performance in research and knowledge transfer as very good and, in part, excellent.

June 2015

Media invitation |
Russia Expert to Talk on Putin’s Geopolitics and Economic Policy

In her lecture "Putin and Russia in Historical Perspective" Prof. Padma Desai will analyse Putin’s geopolitical manoeuvres and the state of the Russian economy on 26 June.

Media invitation |
Expert on World Trade Kicks Off the GIGA Lecture Series at City Hall

Prof. Jagdish Bhagwati will deliver the inaugural lecture of the GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series on 25 June. His topic: "Trade Issues Today: WTO, Transatlantic and Transpacific Agreements".

April 2015

Prize |
Prize for Junior Scholars Undertaking Research on Africa

The Africa Spectrum journal is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary. To mark this occasion and in cooperation with the University of the Free State in South Africa, the Young African Scholar Award will be granted for the first time. The goal is to support junior scholars carrying out research on Africa.

Award |
Call for Nominations for GIGA’s CAS Award

The GIGA, one of Europe’s leading research institutes for comparative area studies (CAS), will again grant an award for the best journal article in this still-young academic field.

February 2015

Press Release |
Populism, Terrorism and the Comparison of World Regions

From 25 to 27 February 2015, 200 scholars will come together at the GIGA for the conference of the German Association for Political Science (DVPW). Topics include: the clash of civilisations, human rights and conflicts around the world. #DVPWGIGA

January 2015

Press Release |
New Powers Could Take On More Responsibility

At a Senate reception at Hamburg City Hall, GIGA President Amrita Narlikar called for more involvement on the part of rising powers in solving global problems.

September 2014

People |
Amrita Narlikar to Take Over as New President of GIGA

The Board of Trustees of the GIGA has installed Dr Amrita Narlikar from the University of Cambridge to lead the institute as its new president. Her term is set to begin on 1 October 2014.

August 2014

New Study |
Agrofuels Spurring International Scramble for Arable Land

Agrofuel production is one of the main drivers of the global rush for land, shows a new study by the GIGA.

June 2014

New Book |
The Rise and Fall of the Muslim Brotherhood

Annette Ranko has followed the development of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt for many years. Her new portrait of the organization provides a rare glimpse of the inner workings of a powerful fraternity.

April 2014

Anniversary |
Hamburg recognises the GIGA’s outstanding importance

At a Senate reception at Hamburg City Hall, the Free and Hanseatic City celebrated GIGA’s fiftieth anniversary. Speakers included First Mayor Olaf Scholz, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and NDR Editor-in-Chief Andreas Cichowicz.

Anniversary |
50 Years of Watching the World

Founded in 1964 as the Deutsches Übersee-Institut, the GIGA is now an internationally renowned institute that delivers world-class social science research. On 10 April it will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary with a ceremony at the Hamburg City Hall.

February 2014

Huawei Study 2014 |
China and Germany

Many Germans see economic relations with China as equally or more important than those with the United States – but they fear spying on industrial secrets, shows a study made by the GIGA.

GIGA CAS Award |
The Power of the Presidents

Paul Chaisty, Nic Cheeseman and Timothy Power from the University of Oxford win the GIGA CAS Award for the global comparison of presidential systems.

June 2013

Land Matrix |
New interface promotes greater transparency in land investments

The Land Matrix partnership launches the second phase of the Global Observatory on large scale land acquisitions. The Land Matrix Global Observatory is a tool that promotes transparency in land transactions and supports open data and open source communities focused on land deals. The thoroughly updated dataset allows tracking of large scale land acquisitions, from negotiation to implementation.

CAS-Award |
GIGA establishes award for comparative area studies

As one of Europe's leading research institutes for Comparative Area Studies (CAS), the GIGA has settled as a centre of academic excellence and has given CAS a scientific home. Now the GIGA has established a new award for the best journal article of this still-young field of science.