GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies (GIGA Institut für Nahost-Studien, IMES)
|Institution||GIGA Institute of Middle East Studies|
|Themes||political, economic and social developments in Central Asia, North Africa and the Near and Middle East|
|Orientation||research, consultation and information, advancement of young researchers, a think tank for research, policy-making, business and the public sphere|
|Founded||2006 (arose from the German Overseas Institute, founded in 1964)|
The GIGA Institute for Middle East Studies (IMES) is a non-university, publically supported research facility that studies contemporary political, economic and social developments in the region of North Africa and the Near and Middle East. It is a part of the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies.
Recent research emphases have been on aspects of political opposition, the role of the media in the process of democratisation, and the effects of globalisation in the region. Current research is focused on the analysis of perspectives of political transformation in North Africa and the Near and Middle East, particularly analysis of inhibitory and stimulating factors for the implementation of Good Governance.
The institute makes its research findings available to academia and the interested general public.