GIGA Working Papers

In the GIGA Working Papers, the GIGA publishes its findings from ongoing research. These papers go through an internal review process, and many later appear as articles in journals. The GIGA Working Papers are aimed at both scholars and the interested public. They mainly appear in English.


  • GIGA Working Papers | 09/2022

    Sustaining Civic Space in Times of COVID-19: Global Trends

    How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted civic space worldwide? Contrary to mainstream assumptions of “shrinking space,” analysis of five world regions in the Global South and non-OECD Europe and the Caucasus shows that civil society actors have, in fact, often still been able to sustain civic space.

    GIGA Working Papers | 08/2022

    Justifications of Repression in Autocracies: An Empirical Analysis of the Maghreb, 2000–2010

    How do autocrats communicate everyday acts of repression? This paper introduces and analyses a novel dataset on justifications for incidents of repression in Morocco and Tunisia during the years 2000–2010, showing that the chosen forms thereof influence how officials subsequently talk about them.

    Dr. Maria Josua

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    GIGA Working Papers | 07/2022

    Global South Perspectives on a Global Ban on Nuclear Weapons: A Comparative Approach

    Using a Comparative Area Studies approach to Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and South Asia, we discuss how regional issues shape global non-proliferation and disarmament politics. Focus is on the nuclear-weapon-ban norm, recently codified in the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons.

    Dr. Leonardo Bandarra

    Prof. Dr. Jo-Ansie van Wyk

    Prof. Dr. Layla Dawood

    Prof. Dr. Monica Herz

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Nir Hassid

    Prof. Dr. Harsh V. Pant

    Dr. Shounak Set

    GIGA Working Papers | 05/2022

    COVID-19 and Violent Actors in the Global South: An Inter- and Cross-Regional Comparison

    What effect has the COVID-19 pandemic had on different armed actors across the Global South? This comparative analysis of regional trends and different armed actors provides evidence for regional specificities and an overall brief decline in violence before a return to pre-pandemic levels.

    GIGA Working Papers | 05/2022

    Large-Scale Land Deals and Social Conflict: Evidence and Policy Implications

    How do large-scale land acquisitions increase the risk of conflict, and what kind of policies can mitigate this effect? The authors address these questions with a policy-oriented synthesis of prior research and develop policy recommendations in highlighting the need for regulatory frameworks, consultation, and transparency.

    GIGA Working Papers | 09/2021

    One Year After: Has the COVID-19 Pandemic Increased Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa?

    In the spring of 2020, observers and practitioners warned that COVID-19 would increase violence in sub-Saharan Africa through an economic shock that would lead to distributional conflict and state repression – and violence did indeed increase in 2020. An analysis by Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau and Mora Deitch.

    Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

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

    Mora Deitch

    Research Fellow

    GIGA Working Papers | 05/2021

    High Courts and Social Media in Latin America

    What is the role of Latin American constitutional and supreme courts in social media? We investigate the accounts of 17 high courts on Twitter, YouTube, and Facebook for a one-year-period, distinguishing between two dimensions: intensity of use and influence in each social media.

    Prof. Dr. Mariana Llanos

    Lead Research Fellow

    Dr. Cordula Tibi Weber

    Research Fellow

    GIGA Working Papers | 08/2020

    State(s) of Negotiation: Drivers of Forced Migration Governance in Most of the World

    Focusing on North Africa, the Middle East, and the Horn of Africa, this paper offers an analytical framework to better understand forced migration governance across space and time from a more global, pluralist perspective in a logic of iterative theory-building.

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