Office of the President


  • Welcome to the Office of the GIGA President.

    Professor Amrita Narlikar heads our Institute since October 2014. Her research focuses on international negotiations, economic statecraft, and multilateralism. She has a special interest in India, Asia, and the BRICS.

    At the President’s office, Amrita works closely with Julia Kramer (Manager of Institutional Development), Sonja Bartsch (Research Manager), Sofiia Sehin (Referent) and Indi-Carolina Kryg (Personal Assistant). If you have any questions, please contact us at: president@giga-hamburg.de.

    Together with all our colleagues at the GIGA, we conduct research with real-world relevance that strives for academic excellence. The exchange with policy practitioners and the media complements this mandate. As part of our outreach, we offer open access publications, a comprehensive library collection, and a broad range of events for specialists and the interested public.

    We are happy to present to you our work here at the centre and of the entire Institute.


    Team President`s Office

    Julia Kramer

    Office of the President

    Sonja Bartsch

    Research Management

    Sofiia Sehin

    Office of the President

    Indi-Carolina Kryg

    Office of the President / Doctoral Researcher


    International Affairs | 09/2022

    How not to negotiate: the case of trade multilateralism

    The WTO has become an almost perfect example of how not to negotiate. In this article, GIGA President Prof. Narlikar identifies three broad categories of bargaining failures and explores the impact of narratives on the course of events, giving us a clear list of dos and don’ts for international negotiation.

    International Affairs | 09/2022

    International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide – Introduction to the International Affairs centenary special issue

    In this introductory article, GIGA President Prof. Narlikar and Prof. Drezner, guest editors of the International Affairs centenary special issue, outline this ‘how not to’ guide. They explore a Hippocratic oath for international affairs and suggest going beyond this minimum ‘do no harm’ requirement.

    Prof. Dr. Daniel W. Drezner

    In Brief | 26/09/2022

    Diversity Days at the GIGA

    27 and 28 September are Diversity Days at the GIGA. We are committed to an appreciative working environment and open cooperation in our diverse society. Learn more about this topic and the activities at the GIGA.

    International Affairs | Oxford University Press | 09/2022

    International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide

    The International Affairs centenary special issue, edited by GIGA President Prof. Narlikar and Prof. Drezner, is a ‘how not to’ guide for international relations. It brings together 14 experts examining historic failures and how policy practitioners and researchers can get it right together.

    Prof. Dr. Daniel W. Drezner

    CNBC | Quote | 18/07/2022

    ‘Unprecedented urgency’ may have pushed India and the EU to revive trade talks after 9 years

    GIGA President Professor Amrita Narlikar has shared her expert analysis on the revival of India-EU trade talks in a recent news article for CNBC.

    In Brief | 20/07/2022

    On Diversity and Invisibility. GIGA President Amrita Narlikar in Conversation about Globalisation, also in Academia

    Diversity in International Relations and science, an exchange on the current situation

    In Brief | 10/07/2022

    New GIGA Annual Report

    The GIGA is pleased to present its Annual Report 2021. We hope you will enjoy reading about our trajectory and achievements as much as we enjoyed working towards them!

    International Affairs | Oxford University Press | 09/2022

    International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide

    The International Affairs centenary special issue, edited by GIGA President Prof. Narlikar and Prof. Drezner, is a ‘how not to’ guide for international relations. It brings together 14 experts examining historic failures and how policy practitioners and researchers can get it right together.

    Prof. Dr. Daniel W. Drezner

    International Affairs | 09/2022

    International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide – Introduction to the International Affairs centenary special issue

    In this introductory article, GIGA President Prof. Narlikar and Prof. Drezner, guest editors of the International Affairs centenary special issue, outline this ‘how not to’ guide. They explore a Hippocratic oath for international affairs and suggest going beyond this minimum ‘do no harm’ requirement.

    Prof. Dr. Daniel W. Drezner

    International Affairs | 09/2022

    How not to negotiate: the case of trade multilateralism

    The WTO has become an almost perfect example of how not to negotiate. In this article, GIGA President Prof. Narlikar identifies three broad categories of bargaining failures and explores the impact of narratives on the course of events, giving us a clear list of dos and don’ts for international negotiation.

    Policy Paper | 03/2022

    Rebooting Germany’s Foreign Policy towards China

    In this paper, Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar discusses the foreign policy of Germany and its European partners towards China. This article was republished in Global Policy Blog (4.4.2022) and is also available to read in Hindi.

    Un Pasquín | Interview | 07/08/2022

    Todo el mundo debe ser tratado en forma equitativa y justa

    Un Pasquín translated and published important parts of the interview between GIGA President Amrita Narlikar with journalist Carsten Germis on diversity in International Relations and science.

    CNBC | Quote | 18/07/2022

    ‘Unprecedented urgency’ may have pushed India and the EU to revive trade talks after 9 years

    GIGA President Professor Amrita Narlikar has shared her expert analysis on the revival of India-EU trade talks in a recent news article for CNBC.

    Der Tagesspiegel | Interview | 15/05/2022

    Die Armen bezahlen für die Sanktionen

    GIGA President Prof Amrita Narlikar discusses Russia's war, German armaments and double standards in the Tagesspiegel.


    Event Series

    Amrita curates the GIGA’s two flagship events: the GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series and the Global Transitions Conference. Both sets of events bring together leading scholars, practitioners, and the interested public to engage on some of the most pressing challenges of our times. She and her team take the lead on multiple other collaborative formats, including 1.5 dialogues. Recent examples of this engagement and outreach include the Körber Multilateralism Lab, sessions co-organised with the Federal Foreign Office with respect to the White Paper on Multilateralism, the Indo-German Roundtable co-organized with the Observer Research Foundation and KAS, and the annual conference of PIN Processes of International Negotiation.

    Cooperation Event | 21/09/2022

    How NOT to Do Foreign Policy

    For the launch of the International Affairs Centenary special issue “International relations: the ‘how not to’ guide”, Chatham House invites for a discussion with Prof. Drezner, Prof. Narlikar, and Prof. Rosoux on how policymakers and researchers can learn from the worst pitfalls.

    Book Talk | 13/12/2021

    The Long Game: How China Negotiates with India

    The GIGA is proud to bring you Ambassador Shri Vijay Gokhale to speak with GIGA President Prof. Dr. Amrita Narlikar about his book “The Long Game. How the Chinese Negotiate with India”. The audience will have the opportunity to engage in discussion. Video of the event now online!

    GIGA Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series | 25/11/2021

    Retreat from Afghanistan: What it Means for Regional and Global Order

    The withdrawal of the Western forces from Afghanistan leaves behind a country in disarray and many open questions. Ambassador von Brandt, Prof. Dr. Mattoo, and Prof. Dr. Narlikar will discuss the range of competing interests and the impact of the developments on regional and global order. Video of event available.

    Panel Discussion | 08/11/2021

    The Indo-German Partnership in a Changing World

    Our expert panel will discuss the long-standing partnership that India and Germany share in a historical perspective, and identify common interests, the potential for joint future action, and the role their interaction could play on the global stage. This event is part of the India Week Hamburg 2021.

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