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Dr. Philipp Gieg: Publications


India's Africa Policy
Philipp Gieg
To be published in July 2023 by Palgrave Macmillan


Beyond the Crises: Potentials of European Integration in the 21st Century
Philipp Gieg / Timo Lowinger / Manuel Pietzko / Carolin Rüger / Manuela Scheuermann / Anja Zürn eds.)
To be published in August 2023 bei SpringerVS
Language: German (German title: Jenseits der Krisen: Potenziale der europäischen Integration im 21. Jahrhundert)


Introduction to the Democratic Republic of the Congo 
Julien Bobineau / Philipp Gieg / Timo Lowinger (eds.)
To be published in 2023 by Frank & Timme, Berlin
Language: German (German title: Länderbericht Demokratische Republik Kongo)


Global Change in Africa – The New Relations with China and India
Philipp Gieg

Language: German (German title: "Weltwandel in Afrika – Die neuen Beziehungen zu China und Indien")
In: Ferber, Markus (ed.) (2021): Weltwandel. Neuausrichtung der internationalen Beziehungen, Reinbek: Lau-Verlag
Pages 53-60
ISBN 978-3-95768-229-1

Within just over two decades, Africa's trade relations with China and India have become the continent's most important economic partnerships. The expansion of politico-diplomatic contacts accompanies this development. Both are paradigmatic of radical change in Africa's international relations – and of fundamental shifts in the international system.


EU-India Relations – The Strategic Partnership in the Light of the European Union Global Strategy
Philipp Gieg / Timo Lowinger / Manuel Pietzko / Anja Zürn / Ummu Salma Bava / Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet (eds.)

Published in 2021
Springer, Cham
Language: English
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-65044-5
ISBN: 978-3-030-65044-5

India and the European Union bear a particular responsibility: as international relations change, not least because of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the two largest democracies in the world have the unique potential to jointly demonstrate that trusting cooperation and mutual understanding are both indispensable and fruitful—all the more so in the context of increasing national egoism and disregard for the fundamental principles of multilateralism. This realisation is not new. Believing in the necessity and mutual benefit of close cooperation, India and the EU struck a strategic partnership in 2004. But resounding success in forging closer bilateral ties and promoting an inclusive, rules-based global order has proved elusive. Since 2016, however, the EU’s Global Strategy has offered new opportunities for a restart of European foreign policy, envisaging new partnerships and recalibrating existing ones. On India’s part, too, changing stances have presented new openings—with New Delhi criticising protectionism and calling for a strengthening of multilateralism. This timely book scrutinises the status quo and the future potential of revitalised EU-India relations. By exploring and analysing conceptual approaches to and key dimensions of the strategic partnership, including trade, climate policy and development cooperation, it evaluates the prospects for future cooperation. Lastly, it offers policy recommendations for advancing the partnership between India and the EU.


India and the European Union: A Growing Responsibility to Cooperate in a Changing World
Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet / Philipp Gieg / Timo Lowinger / Manuel Pietzko / Anja Zürn

In: Gieg, Philipp / Lowinger, Timo / Pietzko, Manuel / Zürn, Anja / Bava, Ummu Salma / Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet, Gisela (eds.) (2021): EU-India Relations. The Strategic Partnership in the Light of the European Union Global Strategy, Cham: Springer
Pages 3-17
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-65044-5_1

The present international context could act as a catalyst for the European Union and India to enhance and improve their bilateral relationship. Even though the strategic partnership struck in 2004 between the two largest democracies of the world has not yet delivered clearly convincing results, the changing world order pushes India and the EU to resume greater responsibilities on the international stage with the goal of defending a rules-based multilateralism and of demonstrating the benefits of cooperation. Otherwise, both alike might suffer from a noticeable loss of influence when it comes to shape the future world order.


Norm Contestation in EU Strategic Partnerships: The Cases of Civil Society Involvement and Climate Justice in EU-India Relations
Timo Lowinger / Anja Zürn / Philipp Gieg / Manuel Pietzko

In: Gieg, Philipp / Lowinger, Timo / Pietzko, Manuel / Zürn, Anja / Bava, Ummu Salma / Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet, Gisela (eds.) (2021): EU-India Relations. The Strategic Partnership in the Light of the European Union Global Strategy, Cham: Springer
Pages 31-66
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-030-65044-5_3 

Starting from the widespread perception that cooperation between the EU and India is stuck in a deadlock, the authors suggest that reconstructing both actors’ contestation of norms helps to better understand the problems faced by the EU-India Strategic Partnership. The chapter proposes an in-depth systematic and model-driven approach to grasp the EU and India’s discursive practices regarding the seemingly “common” norms—a heuristic that can also serve as a tool to examine the EU’s other Strategic Partnerships. The heuristic sheds light on the different levels, types as well as modes of contestation and thus tries to capture the diverse picture of norm contestation. After laying out the theoretical framework as well as reconstructing the normative foundation of the EU-India Strategic Partnership, two case studies will be examined: the cases of civil society involvement with a focus on Greenpeace India and climate justice, in particular regarding the principle of common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities (CBDR-RC). They conclude that mainly responsible for the state of the partnership is the discursive contestation. Yet, this need not be considered a negative process, for it can also yield constructive results such as the disclosure of different perceptions and the launch of institutionalisation processes.


The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Problems, Progress and Prospects
Julien Bobineau / Philipp Gieg (eds.)

Published in 2016
LIT, Berlin
312 pages
Language: English and French
ISBN: 978-3643134738

With forewords by Edelgard Bulmahn, Vice-President of the German Bundestag, as well as Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. mult. Gerhard Bringmann and Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Virima Mudogo, this interdisciplinary volume brings together sixteen English and French language contributions that add to an in-depth picture of the Democratic Republic of the Congo's current state of affairs. The authors from various academic fields who research and teach at universities in Africa, Asia and Europe focus on political and economic perspectives, education and civil society, health and environment, the country's international relations as well as historical foundations. They analyse the problems the country is facing but also point out where progress has been made, where possibilities lie – and how these possibilities can come to fruition.


Problems, Progress and Prospects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Outline of the Volume
Julien Bobineau / Philipp Gieg

In: Bobineau, Julien / Gieg, Philipp (eds.) (2016): The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Problems, Progress and Prospects, Berlin.
Pages 3-8

The Partnership of the Century? China’s Africa Policy and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 21st Century
Philipp Gieg

In: Bobineau, Julien / Gieg, Philipp (eds.) (2016): The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Problems, Progress and Prospects, Berlin.
Pages 257-279

Same Same but Different? India–Africa Relations and Chinese Involvement in the Continent
Philipp Gieg

Insight on Africa
Issue 8:1 (2016)
Pages 40-58
DOI: 10.1177/0975087815612291

India’s involvement in Africa today is often viewed in economic terms only, mainly focusing on resources. The narrative of an emerging power just looking for oil is nowadays used for India’s involvement in Africa as much as for Beijing’s foray into the continent. Although both countries’ reinforced involvement in the continent is the most important development of Africa’s international relations since the end of the Cold War, this approach poses the danger of overlooking or at least playing down important nuances and possible differences between the Indian and the Chinese way of dealing with Africa today. As a matter of fact, officials in New Delhi try to dissociate their policy vis-à-vis Africa from Beijing’s ‘game plan’. But to what extent do India’s and China’s involvement in Africa actually differ? This article lays out an analytical framework for comparing Indian and Chinese involvement in Africa and subsequently helps examine historical, political and economic relations between the two emerging powers and Africa. It seeks to contribute to a more nuanced understanding of New Delhi’s involvement in Africa beyond conventional, sometimes simplistic, assumptions by contrasting India–Africa with China–Africa relations and carving out differences and similarities.


Modi-fying India-Africa Relations? The New Government’s Africa Policy and the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit
Philipp Gieg

FPRC Journal 24: India-South Africa Relations
Issue 4/2015
Pages 49-57

In 2013, India became Africa’s fourth largest trading partner. At the beginning of the new millennium, that figure had only stood at $5 billion. In 2014, when the new Indian government took office, some observers predicted that India-Africa relations would expand at an even higher pace and argued that “Modi's Win Is Good News for Africa”. However, between 26 May 2014, the day that Narendra Modi was sworn in as Prime Minister of India, and 26 October 2015, the day the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS-III) started, India’s Africa policy was in some sort of hibernation. The fact that the summit was postponed twice further added to the feeling that the first 17 months had to be seen as the build-up for Modi’s “grand reach-out to the continent”. Now, with IAFS-III finally having taken place only some weeks ago, it seems especially timely to take a closer look at current India-Africa relations: Has the new government “Modi-fied” India’s Africa policy?

Exploring Emerging India. Eight Essays
Philipp Gieg / Timo Lowinger / Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet

IPS Working Paper Series WAPS 7
Würzburger Arbeitspapiere zu Politikwissenschaft und Sozialforschung
Würzburg 2015
DOI: 10.25972/OPUS-11997

India's economic rise since the 1990s has been followed by a more prominent global role for the country. Despite economic setbacks in recent years and huge domestic challenges like poverty, caste issues, and gender inequality, India today is almost universally characterised as an “emerging power”. At the same time, the country continues to show an enormous diversity. Thus, exploring emerging India can surely not be confined to economic analysis only. Instead, it is vital to take current developments in domestic and international politics, society, culture, religion, and political thinking into consideration as well. Following an interdisciplinary approach, contributions from Political Science, International Relations, Indology, Political Theory, and Economics are fundamental in order to grasp the country's diversity. This collection assembles eight essays which, individually, serve as working papers reflecting the authors' various research focuses, while collectively composing a multifaceted and multidisciplinary picture of emerging India. It thereby reflects the approach the University of Würzburg’s Centre for Modern India and the Institute for Political Science and Sociology’s India Forum are committed to: bringing together different academic disciplines in order to generate nuanced insights into India’s manifold diversity.


Introduction: Exploring Emerging India
Philipp Gieg / Timo Lowinger:

In: Gieg, Philipp / Lowinger, Timo / Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet, Gisela (eds.): Exploring Emerging India – Eight Essay. WAPS 7 (Würzburger Arbeitspapiere zur Politikwissenschaft und Sozialforschung), Würzburg 2015
Pages 4-9

Book Review: Georg Klute and Peter Skalnik (Eds), Actors in Contemporary African Politics
Philipp Gieg

Insight on Africa
Issue 7:1 (2015)
Pages 86-89
DOI: 10.1177/0975087814554072

Book review of: Georg Klute and Peter Skalník (Eds), Actors in Contemporary African Politics, LIT Verlag, Zürich and Münster, 2013

The European Union and Ukraine. From Unfulfilled Expectations to Constructive Crisis Management?
Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet / Philipp Gieg

Die Friedens-Warte. Journal of International Peace and Organization
Issue 1-2/2014 (Vol. 89)
Pages 49-72
Language: German (German Title: "Die Europäische Union und die Ukraine. Von enttäuschten Erwartungen zu konstruktivem Krisenmanagement?")

In its external policies, the European Union (EU) is mainly focusing on its neighborhood in order to realize freedom, liberty, security and wealth. Therefore, the Union has specifically been challenged by the ongoing crisis in Ukraine. After 1991, the EU has established intensive relations with Kiev which, however, did not satisfy Ukrainian expectations. That’s why the EU is accused of bearing responsibility for the breakout of the present crisis. Does this argument hold true? Furthermore, the article will reconstruct the EU’s role during the crisis and ask whether and how the Union was able to conduct successful crisis management and contribute to conflict resolution.


Young Africa Centre Series
Since July 2014: Editor of the Young Africa Centre Series with Julien Bobineau, Dr. Karin Linhart (until 2018), Dr. Ferdinand Paesler (until 2019) and Timo Lowinger

The University of Würzburg's Young Africa Centre has initiated the Young Africa Centre Series in order to provide outstanding students and young scholars with a platform for the publication of their excellent research and working papers. The Young Africa Centre Series is open to both students or members of faculty of the University of Würzburg and to students and scholars from Africa to make visible not only research on Africa but also significant contributions from the continent.


The Dragon at the Horn. The Relations between China and Ethiopia
Philipp Gieg

Newsletter of the German Ethiopian Association
June 2012
Pages 14-17
Language: German (German title: "Der Drache am Horn. Die Beziehungen zwischen China und Äthiopien")

Great Game for Africa? Europe, China and the United States on the Dark Continent
Philipp Gieg

Published in 2010
Nomos, Baden-Baden
Language: German (German title: "Great Game um Afrika? Europa, China und die USA auf dem Schwarzen Kontinent")
ISBN 978-3-8329-5910-4


Book Review: Germany’s European Policy – and beyond
Philipp Gieg

Journal of International Organization Studies
Issue 1
September 2010

The European Union's Africa Policy. New Approaches and Prospects
Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet / Siegmar Schmidt / Corina Schukraft / Ulrike Kessler / Philipp Gieg

Published in 2007
Barbara Budrich Publishers, Opladen and Farmington Hills
Language: German (German title: "Die Afrikapolitik der Europäischen Union. Neue Ansätze und Perspektiven")
ISBN 978-3-86649-005-5


British Africa Policy
Philipp Gieg / Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet

Language: German (German title: "Die Afrikapolitik Großbritanniens")
In: Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet, Gisela / Schmidt, Siegmar / Schukraft, Corina / Kessler, Ulrike / Gieg, Philipp (eds.) (2007): Die Afrikapolitik der Europäischen Union. Neue Ansätze und Perspektiven, Opladen and Farmington Hills.
Pages 253-292

US Africa Policy
Philipp Gieg

Language: German (German title: "Die Afrikapolitik der USA")
In: Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet, Gisela / Schmidt, Siegmar / Schukraft, Corina / Kessler, Ulrike / Gieg, Philipp (eds.) (2007): Die Afrikapolitik der Europäischen Union. Neue Ansätze und Perspektiven, Opladen and Farmington Hills.
Pages 293-320