GIGA Focus

The GIGA Focus series offer concise analysis of current political, economic, and social developments in the regions of Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as of global trends. With its concrete policy recommendations, the GIGA’s flagship policy paper is aimed in particular at political decision-makers. At the same time, it also provides coverage of the key aspects of a given topic for media representatives and the general public alike.


  • GIGA Focus Asia | 5/2022

    Towards Closer European Union and German Cooperation with South Korea in the Indo-Pacific

    The European Union and Germany are implementing strategies for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. How does South Korea fit into the picture? In this GIGA Focus Asia, we share findings from a collaborative, policy-oriented research project examining the potential scope for closer cooperation here.

    GIGA Focus Africa | 7/2022

    Paper Ballots with Digital Transparency: Kenya’s Pioneering Election

    Digital election technology is controversial, but it can be an enhancement rather than a replacement. The pioneering Kenya election showed that widespread digital connectivity can effectively strengthen the integrity of paper-ballot voting.

    Andrew Crawford

    Doctoral Researcher

    GIGA Focus Latin America | 5/2022

    Back from the Depths: Brazil, the World and the EU after Lula’s Electoral Victory

    The Lula government will realign Brazil with its multilateral diplomatic traditions and be more in sync with EU foreign policy. But the country will face considerably more political and economic challenges vis-à-vis Lula’s first term in office.

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 6/2022

    Iran’s Uprisings: A Feminist Foreign Policy Approach

    Iran’s uprisings carry strong implications for states that have adopted a feminist foreign policy. For Germany, this is an opportunity to showcase the potential of its recent turn towards a new feminist foreign policy agenda.

    Diba Mirzaei

    Doctoral Researcher

    Hamid Talebian

    Doctoral Researcher

    GIGA Focus Global | 4/2022

    Ad Hoc Coalitions in a Changing Global Order

    Ad hoc coalitions are increasingly visible, highly specialised crisis-response tools that operate outside of established international organisations. What motivates countries to set up ad hoc coalitions, and are they only complementary? These and other questions inform this GIGA Focus.

    Prof. Dr. Malte Brosig

    Visiting Fellow

    Thematic Editions of the GIGA Focus Series

    The various thematic editions of the GIGA Focus series discuss the specific global and regional expressions of an overarching issue. They also reflect the GIGA’s approach of taking into account the philosophical traditions and historical experiences of all world regions.

    General Editor

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-570sabine.kurtenbach@giga-hamburg.de

    Editors

    Prof. Dr. Sabine Kurtenbach

    Lead Research Fellow / General Editor GIGA Focus Editor GIGA Focus Global

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

    Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs / Editor GIGA Focus Africa

    Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Asia

    Prof. Dr. Bert Hoffmann

    Lead Research Fellow / Head GIGA Berlin Office Editor GIGA Focus Latin America

    Dr. Thomas Richter

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of Research Programme "Accountability and Participation" Editor GIGA Focus Middle East


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    GIGA Focus Asia | 5/2022

    Towards Closer European Union and German Cooperation with South Korea in the Indo-Pacific

    The European Union and Germany are implementing strategies for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. How does South Korea fit into the picture? In this GIGA Focus Asia, we share findings from a collaborative, policy-oriented research project examining the potential scope for closer cooperation here.

    GIGA Focus Africa | 7/2022

    Paper Ballots with Digital Transparency: Kenya’s Pioneering Election

    Digital election technology is controversial, but it can be an enhancement rather than a replacement. The pioneering Kenya election showed that widespread digital connectivity can effectively strengthen the integrity of paper-ballot voting.

    Andrew Crawford

    Doctoral Researcher

    GIGA Focus Latin America | 5/2022

    Back from the Depths: Brazil, the World and the EU after Lula’s Electoral Victory

    The Lula government will realign Brazil with its multilateral diplomatic traditions and be more in sync with EU foreign policy. But the country will face considerably more political and economic challenges vis-à-vis Lula’s first term in office.

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 6/2022

    Iran’s Uprisings: A Feminist Foreign Policy Approach

    Iran’s uprisings carry strong implications for states that have adopted a feminist foreign policy. For Germany, this is an opportunity to showcase the potential of its recent turn towards a new feminist foreign policy agenda.

    Diba Mirzaei

    Doctoral Researcher

    Hamid Talebian

    Doctoral Researcher

    GIGA Focus Africa | 6/2022

    Digital Africa: How Big Tech and African Startups Are Reshaping the Continent

    Digitalization is gaining momentum in Africa. Thanks to significant private investment in the continent’s digital infrastructure, more Africans have access to the internet and mobile phones. Building on this, a new wave of African startups is driving innovation and transforming African economies.

    Tevin Tafese

    Doctoral Researcher

    GIGA Focus Global | 4/2022

    Ad Hoc Coalitions in a Changing Global Order

    Ad hoc coalitions are increasingly visible, highly specialised crisis-response tools that operate outside of established international organisations. What motivates countries to set up ad hoc coalitions, and are they only complementary? These and other questions inform this GIGA Focus.

    Prof. Dr. Malte Brosig

    Visiting Fellow

    GIGA Focus Latin America | 4/2022

    Chile’s Constitutional Reform Process Rebooted

    Although Chileans are overwhelmingly in favour of a new constitution, in a referendum held on 4 September, 62 per cent of those who voted rejected the proposal drawn up by a democratically elected Constitutional Convention. The struggle for a new constitution is thus entering the next round.

    GIGA Focus Global | 3/2022

    COVID-19 and Violent Actors in the Global South: A Complex Relationship

    A cross-regional comparative analysis of the effects of COVID-19 on violence shows high levels of variation between contexts and in terms of specific armed actors. While Latin America along with the Middle East and North Africa have experienced an overall reduction, violence in sub-Saharan Africa has increased.

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 5/2022

    From New to Normal: Two Years after the Abraham Accords

    When Israel signed the Abraham Accords in 2020, reactions were split. Two years later, normalisation dynamics in the region are stronger than many had anticipated, though they differ in degree and scope. Further progress is limited by, for instance, the unresolved Israeli–Palestinian conflict.

    Petra Dachtler

    Diplomat in Residence and Fellow

    GIGA Focus Latin America | 3/2022

    Pandemic, Protest, and Petro Presidente: Rescuing Colombia’s Peace

    COVID-19 paved the way for a left-wing government winning in Colombia’s recent elections. The pandemic has deepened structural inequalities, promoting an unprecedented wave of protest against the right-wing incumbent. Answering with high levels of violence only further increased the call for change.

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