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.


2. June 2020

Reinhart Kössler and Hennig Melber write in "The Conversation" about Germany's public amnesia of its colonial past.

8. May 2020

Antje Missbach writes a blog article in "Inside story" about the Australian refugee policy and the interest of other states in these campaigns.

5. May 2020

From Monday, 11th May, we will gradually reopen the Institute. Please note the following:

2. May 2020

How to improve migration cooperation between the EU and Africa? Franzisca Zanker and colleagues worked on this issue for the MEDAM WAMIG project.

Events / Dates

The ALMA Research Series benefits from exchange and discussion among many. Given the current circumstances, we have decided to postpone the series until the coming winter semester.

1. October 2020


is the title of the recently published article by Jan Völkel in the journal Mediterranean Politics.


"Urban Poetics and Politics in Asia, Part II" is the title of the recently published issue of the International Quarterly for Asian Studies, edited by Claudia Derichs, Jörn Dosch, Conrad Schetter, Uwe Skoda.


Alke Jenss schreibt einen einleitenden Beitrag zum Kapitel 3 "Autoritärer Neoliberalismus als Klassenkampf von ‘oben’" für den Sammelband "Autoritärer Populismus".


Projects and cooperations

The project Global Asylum Governance and European Union´s Role (ASILE) studies the interactions between emerging international protection systems and the United Nations Global Compact for Refugees.


This conference aims at a deeper understanding of the relationship between democracy and authoritarianism beyond the borders of the nation state. It examines both the authoritarian turn in the democratic environment and the "prevention of democracy" in states such as China. The conference design is guided by two principles: (1) dialogue between young scholars and senior researchers and (2) multidisciplinary dialogue. It is organised by scientists from the ABI and the University of Freiburg and will take place at the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies from 30th September to 2nd October 2020.


Authoritarian Urbanism combines several activities ranging from research, a FRIAS Junior Researcher Conference on the Convergence of Authoritarianism & Democracy to an invitation for post-doc fellows from the Global South for two six months fellowships, in cooperation with the Rosa Luxemburg Foundation.


The project “Making Infrastructures Global” addresses the issue of contemporary infrastructure projects that often look alike, produced as they are by planning agencies that operate across the world in public-private partnerships. Based on three cases of energy infrastructure projects in East Africa, North Africa and Latin America, this project analyses the contested power dynamics triggered by attempts at making infrastructure global.