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Dr. Christian von Soest

Lead Research Fellow

Head of RP 2

Short CV

  • Since 05/2015: Head of GIGA Research Programme 2 "Peace and Security"

  • 08/2014 - 04/2015: Acting Head of the GIGA Berlin Office

  • 09/2013 - 08/2014: Transatlantic Fellow, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, Harvard University

  • 2009 - 2015: Spokesperson, Research Team 4 "Causes and Effects of Sanctions", GIGA Research Programme 2

  • Since 2009: Member of GIGA Berlin Office

  • 05/2007 - 12/2007: Visiting researcher, Policy Planning Staff of the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin

  • Since 2005: Research Fellow at GIGA Institute of African Affairs, responsible for Southern Africa and East Africa, particularly South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe; Kenya

  • Doctoral thesis "The African State and the Capability to Raise Revenue", University of Leipzig. PhD (summa cum laude); PhD Price from Research Academy Leipzig and Junior Scientists Award from the African Studies Association in Germany (VAD)

  • Education: Study of Journalism (Communication Science, Political Science, Public Law), University of Munich, University of Natal (Pietermaritzburg), and University of Cape Town, South Africa. Training at the German School of Journalism (DJS)

Current Research

  • International sanctions and interventions

  • Authoritarian regimes

  • Foreign policy and development policy

  • Informal institutions / corruption and their effects on political regimes

  • Statehood

Countries and Regions

  • Southern Africa and East Africa

  • South Africa

  • Botswana

  • Zambia

  • Zimbabwe

  • Kenya




Media Contributions