Prof. Dr. Detlef Nolte


  • Short CV

    • Since 06/2019: Associate Fellow of the German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP)

    • Since 05/2019: Honorary member of the Instituto de Iberoamérica, Universidad de Salamanca

    • 2018 - 2019 Visiting professor University of Sao Paulo (USP), Universidad Católica (Santiago de Chile), FLACSO Argentinia and Universidad del Salvador (Buenos Aires)

    • 2006 - 05/2018: Director, GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies

    • 2007 - 2016: Vice President, GIGA Institute of Global and Area Studies

    • 2011 - 2014: Acting President of the GIGA

    • 1989 - 2006: Deputy Director, GIGA Institute for Ibero-American Studies

    • Since 1989: Senior Research Fellow, GIGA Institute of Latin American Studies, Hamburg; Senior Lecturer, University of Hamburg, Latin American

    • Studies Program and Department of Social Sciences

    • 1978 - 1989: Lecturer and Research Fellow, University of Mannheim, Department of Social Science

    • Education: MA, Political Science, German Literature, History (University of Mannheim); Ph.D., Political Science (University of Mannheim); Habilitation, Political Science (University of Hamburg

    Current Research

    • Regional Powers

    • Political Institutions in Latin America

    • "Failed presidencies"

    • Transitional Justice

    Countries and Regions

    • Argentina

    • Chile

    • Mexico

    • Paraguay

    GIGA Focus Latin America | 2/2023

    The European Union and Latin America: Renewing the Partnership after Drifting Apart

    As the strategic value of the region has increased for Europe, the EU is now seeking to renew its partnership with Latin America and the Caribbean. But many of the latter’s governments prefer an active non-alignment in international politics. An EU-LAC summit is planned for July 2023.

    LATINOAMÉRICA21 | 11/2022

    A new Unasur: is this a Zombie’s Return?

    A recent study, which was done, together with the former Foreign Minister of Ecuador (2016-2017), Guillaume Long, affirms that Unasur still exists.

    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.

    Colombia Internacional | 07/2022

    UNASUR: An Eclectic Analytical Perspective of its Disintegration

    This article aims to explain the causes of the virtual disintegration of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) from the perspective of analytical eclecticism.

    Research Project | 01/09/2016 - 31/08/2020

    Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism – Sophistication of the Transnational Order, Networks, and European Strategies (GEM STONES)

    The rapid rise in the number of international institutions increases the complexity of the global system. Does this complexity strengthen or weaken the EU's capacity to interact with the world? This is the core question in GEM-STONES, an integrated research and PhD fellowship programme of 15 European institutions, coordinated by the Université Libre de Bruxelles. The two early stage researchers who stay at the GIGA study regional integration processes and regional security governance.
    EC, Horizon 2020, 2016-2020

    Research Project | 01/01/2014 - 01/12/2018

    The Institutional Presidency in Latin America

    This project analysed the development of the institutional Presidency in Latin America after the processes of re-democratisation in the 1980s. The Institutional Presidency (IP) refers to the bulk of agencies that directly support the chief of the executive in his/her governing tasks. The IP is part of the "executive toolbox" that is available to heads of state for building legislative majorities. Our analysis highlighted the strategic redesign of the bureaucratic structures of the presidential office initiated by presidents.
    DAAD/CAPES, 2014-2018

    Research Project | 01/03/2012 - 28/02/2017

    Anti-Corruption Policies Revisited. Global Trends and European Responses to the Challenge of Corruption

    Which factors promote or hinder the development of effective anti-corruption policies? This was the guiding question of the ANTICORRP consortium, led by the University of Gothenburg. In this framework, the GIGA comparatively analysed country cases in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the Middle East and studied patterns and trends of corruption within each of the four regions.
    EC, FP7, 2012-2017

    Research Project | 01/01/2012 - 01/12/2016

    Contested World Orders

    The project involves the analysis of the evolution of world order, its underlying normative differences and conflicts as well as the question of the legitimacy of international authority. The participating Leibniz Institutes (WZB, HSFK and GIGA) use a common analytical framework to investigate forms of political authority beyond the nation state, its politicization on the part of the "rising powers" and non-state actors, as well as associated implications for peacefulness of world order.
    Leibniz Association, 2012-2016

    La Tercera | Quote | 28/01/2023

    Las motivaciones tras la visita exprés de Scholz a la región

    El canciller alemán llega a Brasil, Argentina y Chile este fin de semana en lo que los expertos consideran una “reconstrucción de las relaciones” con América Latina, dañadas después de la pandemia.

    Organiser, Panelist, Panelist, Speaker | 20/11/2017

    Peace Agreements, Post-Conflict Society and Irregular Migration in El Salvador

    GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series Rathausmarkt 1 Hamburg: 20/11/2017 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Latin American Centre, University of Oxford, Senatskanzlei Hamburg, European Union - Latin America and the Caribbean Foundation

    Lecture by Foreign Minister Hugo Martínez as part of the GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series. The series is curated by GIGA President Prof. Amrita Narlikar.

    Speaker, Speaker | 22/11/2016

    The Many Faces of Latin American Presidentialism

    Other 22/11/2016

    Panelist, Moderator, Panelist, Panelist, Panelist | 17/11/2016

    Will US Foreign Policy Change Post-Obama?

    GIGA Forum GIGA Hamburg, Hamburg: 17/11/2016 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), German Council on Foreign Relations

    Nach Obama: US-Außenpolitik im Wandel? Vorträge und Diskussion in Kooperation mit der DGAP

    Josef Braml

    Robert Kappel

    Pascal Abb

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2009

    Latin America in International Politics

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2009

    Die politischen Systeme Lateinamerikas

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2006

    Democracy in Latin America

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg Germany


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