Spotlights

In the Spotlights we take a close look at a topical issue each time. We offer pointers to GIGA experts, background analyses and studies, research projects, as well as relevant media reports and events.

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Brazil was once regarded as an up-and-coming creative power, but in recent years the country has fallen into serious crisis. How have corruption scandals and election campaigns by right-wing politicians changed Brazil? What influence will the country have on the continent in future?

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The BRICS countries Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa face great challenges. Despite their different – sometimes even contradictory – interests, the group continues to seek political and economic exchange.

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China is undergoing rapid economic and social change. The People‘s Republic is striving for greater influence on the world stage. What are the ensuing opportunities and risks?

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Around 70 million people are currently fleeing around the world – a saddening fact. The focus here is on questions relating to flight and migration, and the background to the crises in the regions of origin.

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Significant growth figures, a burgeoning middle class, as well as successes in the service and IT sectors make the nuclear power a global player, and an emerging world power. The country is also a regional leader in both South Asia and beyond.

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Conflicts have shaped the Middle East for many years. In the past, Israel and Palestine were most prominent. Now intense conflicts are dominating Syria, Libya, and Yemen. More than ever, enabling peaceful change is a key challenge facing influential states within and outside the region.

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Following the Arab Spring, Tunisia is on its way to democracy, Egypt has become a military state once more, while Saudi Arabia remains an authoritarian monarchy. What are the different political developments occurring? How do new forms of political legitimacy work?

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As the United States increasingly loses influence, emerging powers such as China and India are becoming more self-confident. What does this mean for German foreign policy? What is Germany‘s role in a newly defined world?