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Prof. Dr. Matthias Basedau

Director of the GIGA Institute for African Affairs

Editor GIGA Focus Africa

Short CV

  • Since 10/2018: Director of the GIGA Institute of African Affairs

  • 10/2016 - 12/2016: Visiting Fellow at Oxford Changing Character of War Programme

  • Since 05/2014: External Associate at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

  • 03/2014 - 05/2014: Visiting Professor at Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)

  • Since 12/2013: Professor at the University of Hamburg (§ 17 Professur)

  • 6/2005 - 04/2015: Head of GIGA Research Programme 2 "Violence and Security"

  • Since 2002: Research fellow with GIGA Institute of African Affairs; areas of expertise: Southern Africa, West and Central Africa; elections, political parties, democracy, civil-military relations, violent conflict, resource wars

  • Education: Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology at Heidelberg University; PhD 2001


Current Research

  • Resources conflicts

  • Religion and violent conflict

  • Civil–military relations

  • Political institutions


Countries and Regions

  • Sub-Saharan Africa

  • Mali

  • Niger

  • Chad

  • Botswana


Research Programme

  • Peace and Security


Projects