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  • The GIGA conducts social-science research with real-world relevance on Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East, and on global developments.

    With our global approach to scholarship we are committed to working with perspectives, concepts, and experiences from different world regions. The GIGA analyses how political, social, and economic transitions originate, and how they unfold across the world and within the regions.

    GIGA researchers are sought-after experts among decision-makers in the German executive branch – especially the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development, and the Office of the Federal President –, as well as for members of parliament, inter- and supranational bodies, non-governmental organisations, the media, and the wider public. The Berlin Office of the GIGA plays a crucial role for reaching out to the German audiences.

    On the basis of our research, we advise policymakers and actively engage with academic, political, and societal stakeholders in Germany, at the European and international levels, and in the regions of the Global South. The GIGA Berlin Office, located in the heart of the capital, is dedicated to knowledge transfer with Berlin-based political, civil society, academic, and media institutions. Our GIGA Focus Series provides short analyses on current developments worldwide.

    GIGA Focus Middle East | 2/2022

    The Russian War against Ukraine: Middle East Food Security at Risk

    In the Middle East and North Africa, dependence on Ukraine and Russia for imports of wheat is among the highest globally at 50 per cent. As the war on Ukraine is disrupting the global food trade, it is also having deleterious effects on food security across much of the Arab world.

    Prof. Dr. Eckart Woertz

    Director of the GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies

    GIGA Talk | 11/05/2022

    After Istanbul: Women’s Rights and Human Rights in Turkey

    When Turkey announced that it would withdraw from the Istanbul Convention on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, it led to protests against the country’s democratic backsliding. In this GIGA Talk, experts will discuss the reasons behind and effects of this decision. Video now online!

    In Brief | 02/05/2022

    GIGA President Amrita Narlikar Analyses the German and European Partnership with India

    In numerous contributions, GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar discusses the benefits, limitations, and future directions of India's partnership with Germany and Europe.

    GIGA Talk | 12/05/2022

    “If there is a ceasefire, people know the devil is coming”

    The consequences of ceasefires can be diverse, and are not necessarily positive. In this GIGA Talk, scholars and distinguished practitioners will discuss how research and experience from Syria can provide insights and practical strategies relevant for negotiating ceasefires in Ukraine.

    GIGA Focus Global | 2/2022

    The War in Ukraine from the Perspective of the Global South: Not an Epochal Turn

    States in the global South want to choose themselves where and with whom they cooperate. This is how they safeguard their autonomy in an increasingly multipolar world characterized by great power rivalries. In the Global South Russia is not a pariah-state.

    Dr. Johannes Plagemann

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    GIGA Talk | 04/05/2022

    Climate Responsibilities of the “Great Powers”: Are they doing enough?

    The world is still not on track to meet the 1.5°C maximum warming target. The United States, China, the European Union, India, and Brazil – these “great powers” play a crucial role in fighting climate change. This GIGA Talk will address what has been achieved (or not) and how the “great powers” justify their respective actions or inaction. Video now online!

    Sanctions

    Russia's attack on Ukraine once again raises the question of the effectiveness of sanctions. Economic sanctions are a popular foreign policy tool for addressing a wide range of international challenges including conflicts, human rights violations, or terrorism. Learn more about GIGA's research on this topic.

    Policy paper | 03/2022

    Rebooting Germany’s Foreign Policy towards China

    In this paper, Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar discusses the foreign policy of Germany and its European partners towards China. This article was republished in Global Policy Blog (4.4.2022) and is also available to read in Hindi.

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