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Dr. Tim Glawion Receives 2022 Gero Erdmann Prize for Comparative Area Studies

GIGA researcher Tim Glawion is to be awarded the Gero Erdmann Prize for Comparative Area Studies for his book The Security Arena in Africa.


  • In his book The Security Arena in Africa: Local Order-Making in the Central African Republic, Somaliland, and South Sudan, Glawion shows how security is both achieved and undermined in fragile states and those mired in civil wars. Among other topics, he investigates how people in certain regions of countries suffer from a lack of security, while in other regions of the same countries, there is relative security. For his analysis, Glawion undertook fieldwork in nine municipalities in South Sudan, in the Central African Republic during the ongoing civil wars, and in Somaliland. The monograph, which builds on Glawion’s 2018 doctoral dissertation, was rated as “outstanding” by the jury, particularly due to its innovative research question and its exceptional methodological achievement in the area of Comparative Area Studies. The full encomium can be read here (German only). The jury members this year were Prof. Dr. Hans-Joachim Lauth of the German Journal of Comparative Politics, Prof. Dr. Susanne Pickel of the Standing Group on Democratization of the German Political Science Association, and the GIGA’s Dr. Thomas Richter. Since 2016, the Gero Erdmann Prize has been awarded every two years by a jury whose members represent the German Political Science Association, the German Journal of Comparative Politics, and the GIGA. The award, which includes EUR 1,500 in prize money, is given on behalf of the three institutions in memory of the scholar Dr. Gero Erdmann. Erdmann, a co-founder of the German Journal of Comparative Politics, passed away much too soon in the summer of 2014.

    Monograph | Cambridge University Press | 2020

    The Security Arena in Africa: Local Order-Making in the Central African Republic, Somaliland, and South Sudan

    The labels 'state fragility' and 'civil war' suggest that security within several African countries has broken down. As Tim Glawion observes, however, while people do experience insecurity in some parts of conflict-affected countries, in other areas they live in relative security.

    Dr. Tim Glawion

    Research Fellow

    Award | 14/10/2020

    GIGA Researcher Awarded Prize for Now-published Dissertation

    Dr. Tim Glawion’s doctoral thesis The Security Arena in Africa: Local Order-Making in the Central African Republic, Somaliland, and South Sudan has won the 2019 Arnold Bergstraesser Award. Cambridge University Press published the monograph in 2020.

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