In Brief | 11/06/2023

Successful Defence of Doctoral Theses

We are pleased to announce the successful defence of their doctoral theses by Hana Attia, Juliana Tappe Ortiz, and Tom Konzack.


  • Hana Attia defended her doctoral thesis, “Biased Coercion: The Imposition, Management, and Termination of US Sanctions,” on 20 April 2023 at the University of Konstanz. The Examination Committee awarded Attia’s thesis summa cum laude.

    Juliana Tappe Ortiz defended her doctoral thesis on “Peace Spoilers and Peace Supporters: How Individual Characteristics Influence the Outcome and Duration of Civil Conflicts” on 25 April 2023 at the University of Hamburg. The examiners awarded her thesis magna cum laude.

    Tom Konzack defended his doctoral thesis, “From Peaceful Protest to Carnage: The Role of Resources and Sponsors in the Tactical Choices of Non-State Actors,” on 12 June 2023 at the University of Hamburg. The examiners awarded his thesis summa cum laude.

    With their research, GIGA doctoral students make a valuable contribution to global and regional studies. The GIGA team is proud of our colleagues, and warmly congratulates them on this outstanding success and significant milestone in their academic careers.

    GIGA Doctoral Programme

    The GIGA has a long tradition of integrating young researchers into its research structure. This tradition culminated in the establishment of the GIGA Doctoral Programme. This programme seeks to provide a platform for young, international, and German academics, from which they can pursue their research and professional development, particularly in the field of comparative area studies (CAS).

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