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Philipp Gieg: Publications


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.)

To be published in late 2020
Springer Nature Switzerland
Language: English

India and the European Union upgraded their relationship to a new level in 2004: By concluding a Strategic Partnership, an institutionalized bilateral relationship between the two largest democracies in the world was set into motion to promote an inclusive, rules-based global order. Both partners, however, have constantly been criticized for their reluctance to foster this partnership in practice. Negotiations for an India-EU free trade agreement, for instance, have been suspended since 2013. Yet, the EU’s Global Strategy of 2016 offers the opportunity for a restart of European Foreign Policy after years of crisis. Besides envisaging new partnerships, the strategy focuses on recalibrating the existing ones. On the Indian side, too, changing stances have opened up new opportunities. Prime Minister Modi repeatedly criticized protectionism and called for a strengthening of the rules-based international system. In 2019, Modi and German Chancellor Merkel agreed to resume negotiations on the free trade agreement. What are the status quo and future potential of EU-India relations? This volume will explore conceptual approaches to EU-India relations and analyze key dimensions of the Strategic Partnership, among them trade, democracy promotion, climate policy and development cooperation. On this basis, prospects for future cooperation will be evaluated. Finally, the book will offer policy recommendations: How to move forward in the relations between India and the EU?

Introduction to the Democratic Republic of the Congo 
[German title: Landeskunde Demokratische Republik Kongo]
Julien Bobineau / Philipp Gieg / Timo Lowinger (eds.)

To be published in early 2021
Frank & Timme Publishers, Berlin
Language: German

India's Africa Policy
Philipp Gieg

To be published in late 2020 or early 2021
Language: English

The Democratic Republic of the Congo
Problems, Progress and Prospects

La République Démocratique du Congo
Problèmes, Progrès et Perspectives

Julien Bobineau / Philipp Gieg (eds.)

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

2016, Berlin: LIT Verlag, 291 pages, 34.90 EUR
ISBN: 978-3643134738
African Studies, Volume 55

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.

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Problems, Progress and Prospects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Outline of the Volume

Julien Bobineau / Philipp Gieg: Problems, Progress and Prospects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – Outline of the Volume, in: Julien Bobineau / Philipp Gieg (Hrsg.): The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Problems, Progress and Prospects, Berlin 2016, pp. 3-8.

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

Philipp Gieg: The Partnership of the Century? China’s Africa Policy and the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the 21st Century, in: Julien Bobineau / Philipp Gieg (Hrsg.): The Democratic Republic of the Congo. Problems, Progress and Prospects, Berlin 2016, pp. 257-279.

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

Insight on Africa
Issue 8:1 (2016)
pp. 40-58

SAGE journals
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

FPRC Journal 24: India-South Africa Relations
Issue 4/2015
pp. 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

Edited with Timo Lowinger and 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: Introduction: Exploring Emerging India, in: Philipp Gieg / Timo Lowinger / Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet: Exploring Emerging India – Eight Essay. WAPS 7 (Würzburger Arbeitspapiere zur Politikwissenschaft und Sozialforschung (WAPS) 7, Würzburg 2015, pp. 4-9.

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

Insight on Africa
Issue 7:1 (2015)
pp. 86-89

SAGE journals
doi: 10.1177/0975087814554072

Book review of: Georg Klute and Peter Skalník (Eds), Actors in Contemporary African Politics, LIT Verlag, Zürich and Münster, 2013, Pp. 192, 29,90 Euros, ISBN 978-3-643-90443-0.

The European Union and Ukraine
From Unfulfilled Expectations to Constructive Crisis Management?

Language: German (German Title: "Die Europäische Union und die Ukraine. Von enttäuschten Erwartungen zu konstruktivem Krisenmanagement?")

with Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet

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.

Die Friedens-Warte. Journal of International Peace and Organization
Issue 1-2/2014 (Vol. 89)
Pages 49-72

Young Africa Centre Series

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

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.

Young Africa Centre Series

The Dragon at the Horn
The Relations between China and Ethiopia

Language: German (German title: "Der Drache am Horn. Die Beziehungen zwischen China und Äthiopien")

Newsletter of the German Ethiopian Association
June 2012
Pages 14-17

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

Language: German (German title: "Great Game um Afrika? Europa, China und die USA auf dem Schwarzen Kontinent")

  • Published in September 2010
  • Book series: Würzburger Universitätsschriften zu Geschichte und Politik, Volume 13
  • Nomos Publishers (Baden-Baden)
  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • ISBN 978-3-8329-5910-4
  • € 29,00 (in Germany)

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Book Review: Germany’s European Policy – and beyond

Journal of International Organization Studies
Issue 1
September 2010 

The European Union's Africa Policy
New Approaches and Prospects

Language: German (German title: "Die Afrikapolitik der Europäischen Union. Neue Ansätze und Perspektiven")

  • with Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet, Siegmar Schmidt, Corina Schukraft and Ulrike Kessler
  • Published in March 2007
  • Barbara Budrich Publishers (Opladen and Farmington Hills)
  • Paperback: 321 pages
  • ISBN 978-3-86649-005-5
  • € 36,00 (in Germany)

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British Africa Policy

  • with Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet
  • German Title: Die Afrikapolitik Großbritanniens
  • Pages 253-292

US Africa Policy

  • German Title: Die Afrikapolitik der USA
  • Pages 293-320