3 sentences on the institute

The ABI is one of Germany’s major research centers in the domain of both comparative area studies and transregional studies. As an independent, non-profit research institution, the institute cooperates with the University of Freiburg. The Institute was founded in 1960 and goes back to Arnold Bergstraesser, at that time Professor of Political Science and Sociology at the University of Freiburg.


27. September 2019

IQAS provides a forum for multidisciplinary research on current and historical topics relevant to politics, economics and society in contemporary Asia.

23. September 2019

Leonie Jegen and Franzisca Zanker published an op-ed about a new evacuation plan to fly out migrants to Rwanda from Libya.

20. September 2019

Leonie Jegen presented the study on the political dimensions of migration management in Niamey.

19. September 2019

Andreas Mehler and Helga Dickow were in Dakar for the CEGLA opening ceremony and the network meeting of DAAD-funded centres of excellence in Africa.

Events / Dates

On 26th November 2019, the ABI will organise an event on migration in Dakar/Senegal in cooperation with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung.

26. November 2019

Professor Dr. Raymond Atuguba, LL. M. (Harvard), University of Ghana School of Law / Harvard Law School & Dr. Sena Dei-Tutu, University of Ghana, 22th October 2019 12:30 pm, ABI

ABI, Großer Konferenzraum
22. October 2019 - 12:30

Next event: 11th November 2019, 8 p.m. c.t.: Prof. Dr. André du Pisani, University of Namibia, and Prof. Dr. Reinhart Kößler, Arnold-Bergstraesser-Institut: Namibia and Germany: Problematic heritage and current challenges, HS 1199, KG I


University of Freiburg
7. November 2019 - 20:00

Next event: Thursday, 07th November 19, 8pm: Khartoum Offside. Guest: Volker Finke, former football coach of the men of SC Freiburg and the men's national team of Cameroon.

14. November 2019 - 20:00


is the title of the recently published policy brief by Kwaku Arhin-Sam and Franzisca Zanker as a result of the research project "The Political Economy of West African Migration Governance".


is the title of the recently published working paper by Helga Dickow.


Projects and cooperations

The summer school will be organised and held at the Arnold Bergstraesser Institute in Freiburg, Germany, from 2 to 28 September 2019.


The research project "Displacement in Africa: The Politics and Stakeholders of Migration Governance" compares migration governance in and across receiving & sending nations (Southern Sudan, Uganda, Zimbabwe, South Africa). Theoretically, the research will endeavour to bridge migration research with conflict studies.


The project endeavours to highlight the political dimension of migration governance (i.e. what are the real [sometimes hidden] interests and power asymmetries) and the multiple stakeholders (including civil society and sub-national ones). The qualitative study focuses on four case studies - the Gambia, Niger, Nigeria and Senegal – and will be based on fieldwork including semi-structured interviews in the respective countries.

February - December 2019

CEGLA stands for the creation of high-quality training for local authorities. At the same time it serves to widen research in the field of decentralisation and local development in Niger, Mali and Senegal.

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