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Here you'll find publications that have been published in the framework of the IPS India Forum, either by its members or by guest professors who have been visiting our Institute.


EU-India Relations – The Strategic Partnership in the Light of the European Union Global Strategy

Edited by Philipp Gieg / Timo Lowinger / Manuel Pietzko / Anja Zürn / Ummu Salma Bava / Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet

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?

To be published in late 2020 by Springer Nature Switzerland

Gender Roles in Peace and Security: Prevent, Protect, Participate

This volume examines the specific gender roles in peace and security. The authors analyse the implementation process of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 in various countries and discuss systemic challenges concerning the Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Through in-depth case studies, the authors shed new light on topics such as the gender-related mechanisms of peace processes, gender training practices for police personnel, and the importance of violence prevention. The volume studies the role of women in peace and security as well as questions of gender mainstreaming by adopting various theoretical concepts, including feminist theories, concepts of masculinity, organizational and security studies. It also highlights regional and transnational approaches for the implementation of the Women, Peace and Security agenda, namely the perspectives of the European Union, NATO, the UN bureaucracy and the civil society. It presents best cases and political advice for tackling the problem of gender inequality in peace and security.

This publication in the framework of TM5 "The Challenge of Gender" of the M.S. Merian – R. Tagore International Centre of Advanced Studies ‘Metamorphoses of the Political’ (ICAS:MP) has been financially supported by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

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Journal Articles (selected)

  • Lowinger, Timo:
    The India that can’t say yes? Weltinnenpolitik und die theorieimmanente Exklusion des Globalen Südens
    In: S+F Sicherheit und Frieden, 37:4 (2019), pp. 202-207.
  • Gieg, Philipp:
    Same Same but Different? India–Africa Relations and Chinese Involvement in the Continent
    In: Insight on Africa 8:1 (2016), pp. 40-58.
  • Gieg, Philipp:
    Modi-fying India-Africa Relations? The New Government’s Africa Policy and the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit
    In: FPRC Journal 24: India-South Africa Relations, Issue 4/2015, pp. 49-57.

Würzburg Working Paper Series in Political Science and Sociology

Exploring Emerging India – Eight Essays

Philipp Gieg / Timo Lowinger / Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet (eds.)

The 7th edition of the Institute's working paper series WAPS, edited by Philipp Gieg, Timo Lowinger, and Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet, assembles eight essays which focus on emerging India.

Guest professors from India who have visited the IPS in the last semesters as well as professors and researchers from the University of Würzburg have come together to compose a multifaceted and multidisciplinary picture of the country. They analyse the Modi government's first year in office, economic developments, democratization, secularism, as well as foreign policy and social aspects. The volume contains contributions from Valerian Rodrigues, Amitabh Kundu, Matthias Gsänger, S. Shaji, Aparajita Biswas, Gisela Müller-Brandeck-Bocquet, Michael Becker, Elisabeth Schömbucher-Kusterer, Philipp Gieg, and Timo Lowinger.

"Exploring Emerging India" 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.


Elections and Civil Society in India

Valerian Rodrigues

The 4th edition of the Institute's working paper series was released at the end of 2014. Under the title “Elections and Civil Society in India”, Valerian Rodrigues focuses on the Parliamentary elections in India in 2014 and analyses the results with a critical look at the voting behavior of different social groups. 

Prof. Dr. Valerian Rodrigues from Jawaharlal Nehru University's (JNU) Centre for Political Studies in New Delhi has been a visiting Professor at the Institute for Political Science and Sociology three times and was most recently in Würzburg in summer 2015.


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