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


    • High Level Review of United Nations Sanctions
    • German Political Science Association
    • Midwest Political Science Association
    • International Studies Association
    • Association for African Studies in Germany
    • American Political Science Association
    • African Studies Association

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 2

    T. +49 (0)40 - 428 25-590christian.vonsoest@giga-hamburg.de

    GIGA Focus Africa | 5/2021

    Development Cooperation Policy with Africa: Dare for More Coherence

    Development policy plays a crucial role in addressing global as well as African challenges. The authors of this GIGA Focus Africa expect the future German Federal Government to ensure coherence in development policy and joint action by the foreign, economic and environment ministries.

    GIGA Focus Global | 3/2021

    Cyber Sanctions: Increasing Application of a New Instrument

    Hacker attacks on states and international organisations are increasingly answered with cyber sanctions. Dr Julia Grauvogel and Dr Christian von Soest compare the international use of the new instrument in Focus Global 04/2021 and show which steps could make the measures more effective.

    Dr. Julia Grauvogel

    Senior Research Fellow / Speaker Research Team

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 2

    GIGA Focus Africa | 2/2021

    The End of Apathy: The New Africa Policy under Joe Biden

    The new US president has promised a fundamental change in American foreign policy. The start of Joe Biden’s presidency is therefore associated with consider¬able expectations in sub-Saharan Africa. Four key issues will determine whether the new US administration will deliver on these expectations.

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 2

    European Political Science Review | 02/2021

    Claiming the Right to Rule: Regime Legitimation Strategies, 1900 to 2019

    Marcus Tannenberg

    Dr. Michael Bernhard

    Dr. Johannes Gerschewski

    Ass. Prof. Dr. Anna Lührmann

    Chapter in edited Volume | 2021

    Neopatrimonialism: A Critical Assessment

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 2

    Research Project | 01/01/2021 - 31/12/2023

    Digital Diplomacy and Statecraft (DigiTraL Diplo): Leg I of GIGA Digital Transformation Lab (DigiTraL) - A Global Approach to Digitalisation

    Digital Diplomacy and Statecraft (DigiTraL Diplo) is funded by the Federal Foreign Office. It is the first leg of a larger research endeavour, envisioned to include Digtal Warfare and Development at a later stage. DigiTraL Diplo focuses on how digital transformation offers new opportunities, challenges, and instruments for foreign policy. It will identify the chances and (security) threats of digitalization to advance adequate responses of (digital) diplomacy.
    FFO, 2021-2023

    Research Project | 01/01/2019 - 31/12/2025

    Climate, Climatic Change, and Society (CLICCS), Cluster of Excellence / Universität Hamburg

    The Cluster of Excellence “Climate, Climatic Change, and Society” (CLICCS), based at Universität Hamburg, is guided by the overarching question: "Which climate futures are possible and which are plausible?" The GIGA contributes to the cluster in the central synthesis project and with its research on climate governance, the social construction of climate futures, and the interactions between climate change and conflict.
    DFG, Excellence Strategy, 2019-2025

    Research Project | 01/07/2014 - 30/06/2019

    International Diffusion and Cooperation of Authoritarian Regimes - IDCAR-Network

    In politics and political science alike, the increasing international influence of authoritarian regimes has become a central concern around the globe. From 2014-2019, the IDCAR network brought together some of the most renowned scholars in the field to produce high-level research and, based on this, policy advice and public outreach.
    Leibniz Association, 2014-2019

    Speaker | 10/12/2021

    The Political Consequences of Sanctions’ Termination

    Workshop 10/12/2021

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 2

    Speaker | 02/10/2021

    Shifting Regime Legitimation Strategies and the Deterioration of Executive Constraints

    Conference 02/10/2021

    Online Panel “Censorship, Dissent and Legitimation under Autocracy”

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 2

    Speaker | 17/06/2021

    Knowledge Exchange in Peace and Conflict Research

    Other 17/06/2021

    Dr. Christian von Soest

    Lead Research Fellow / Head of RP 2

    Teaching | Helmut Schmidt University | 2021

    State and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg

    Seminar at the Helmut Schmidt University

    Teaching | Helmut Schmidt University | 2020

    State and Politics and Sub-Saharan Africa

    Helmut Schmidt University Hamburg

    Seminar, Center for Interdisciplinary Study Components

    Teaching | Universität Hamburg | 2020

    State and Politics in Sub-Saharan Africa

    Universität Hamburg Hamburg


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