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GIGA researchers are sought-after experts for policy-makers.


  • 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. We analyse how political, social, and economic transitions originate, and how they unfold across the world and within the regions.

    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.

    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 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 publication series provides short analyses and policy implications on current developments worldwide.

    GIGA Focus Global | 5/2022

    Driving the Wheels of History: The World after China’s 20th Party Congress

    Just in time for President Xi Jinping’s return to the world stage, from which he had been absent for nearly three years of pandemic, the 20th Party Congress has set China’s ideological course. The paper analyses the foreign policy and security agenda Xi has in store.

    Prof. Dr. Heike Holbig

    Senior Research Fellow / Editor GIGA Focus Asia

    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 Talk | 25/10/2022

    Brazil’s Run-off Elections: Democracy at Risk

    Brazil, one of Global South’s largest democracies, is heading for the decisive second round of its presidential elections on Sunday 30 October. However, incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro has repeatedly threatened not to accept the vote if he should lose. At this GIGA Talk, we will discuss the consequences for Brazil and its relationship with Europe. Video now online!

    Policy Paper | 09/2022

    German Feminist Foreign Policy: An Inside-Outside Perspective

    In this article, GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar discusses German feminist foreign policy from an intersectional and inclusive perspective. This article is translated into Hindi.

    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

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