Dr. Johannes Plagemann

Research Fellow | Research Team Spokesperson

  • Short CV

    • 10/2019 - 09/2020: Deputy Professorship for Political Science with a Focus on Area Studies China/East Asia at the Goethe Universität Frankfurt

    • 01/2016 - 06/2017: External Policy Analyst at the Political Directorate-General, Federal Foreign Office

    • Since 10/2014: Research Fellow GIGA Institute of Asian Studies

    • 2014: Research Fellow Sofja Kovalevskaja Research group (funded by the Humboldt Foundation) on "Background Justice between States: Global Institutional Design to Foster Sovereign Statehood"

    • 2010 - 2013: Ph.D. candidate Hamburg International Graduate School for the Study of Regional Powers (HIGS)

    • Education: Bachelor in Philosophy & Economics Universität Bayreuth und Universidade de São Paulo, Master in Political Sciences Universität Hamburg und Bordeaux IV; PhD from Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

    Current Research

    • Multipolarity, rising powers, and International Politics

    • Legitimacy and International Institutions

    • Populism and Foreign Policy

    Countries and Regions

    • India

    • South Asia

    • Mozambique

    Dr. Johannes Plagemann

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    T. +49 (0)40 42 88 74-23johannes.plagemann@giga-hamburg.de

    GIGA Focus Asia | 5/2022

    Towards Closer European Union and German Cooperation with South Korea in the Indo-Pacific

    The European Union and Germany are implementing strategies for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. How does South Korea fit into the picture? In this GIGA Focus Asia, we share findings from a collaborative, policy-oriented research project examining the potential scope for closer cooperation here.

    British Journal of Politics & International Relations | 08/2022

    Populism and the Politicisation of Foreign Policy

    To what extent and how do populist leaders politicise foreign policy? Sandra Destradi, Johannes Plagemann, and Hakkı Taş find interesting differences between the public discourses of Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    Prof. Dr. Sandra Destradi

    GIGA Focus Global | 2/2022

    The War in Ukraine from the Perspective of the Global South: Not an Epochal Turn

    States in the global South want to choose themselves where and with whom they cooperate. This is how they safeguard their autonomy in an increasingly multipolar world characterized by great power rivalries. In the Global South Russia is not a pariah-state.

    Dr. Johannes Plagemann

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Pacific Review | 2022

    Small States and Competing Connectivity Strategies: What Explains Bangladesh’s Success in Relations with Asia’s Major Powers?

    This article explores the consequences major power rivalries over connectivity investments have for small states in Asia and thereby contributes to a better understanding of small states’ strength and capabilities in an increasingly multipolar world.

    Dr. Johannes Plagemann

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Comparative European Politics | 09/2021

    Populism and Foreign Policy: A Research Agenda (Introduction)

    Populist parties have been on the rise worldwide in recent years and formed governments. Much discussed in the media but little systematically researched so far are the effects of populism on foreign policy. The authors of this introduction present a research agenda.

    Prof. Dr. Sandra Destradi

    Dr. David Cadier

    Research Project | 01/01/2022 - 31/12/2022

    Engaging the Indo-Pacific: German and Korean Perspectives on Regional Cooperation

    A policy-oriented research project bringing together the GIGA and the East Asia Institute in Seoul. The project aims at analysing German/EU and Korean strategies for Indo-Pacific engagement and identifying areas for in-depth consultation, coordination and cooperation.
    Korea Foundation, 2022

    Research Project | 01/06/2021 - 31/05/2024

    Populism and Foreign Policy

    What are the implications of the global rise of populism for international politics? Episodes such as Brexit or US President Trump's withdrawal from the Iran Agreement suggest that populists in power fuel international tensions, weaken multilateralism and undermine global governance. However, existing preliminary work on the Global South shows that this is not automatically the case. The project seeks explanations for this variance in the effects of the formation of populist governments on foreign policy.
    DFG, 2021-2024

    Research Project | 01/12/2018 - 31/03/2022

    Legitimate Multipolarity

    Global governance institutions work differently under conditions of multipolarity. In a first step, in this project we investigate the legitimacy deficits of global governance institutions under conditions of multipolarity. In a second step, we analyse possible solutions to such problems put forward in rising powers’ foreign policy discourses. Legitimate Multipolarity adopts an empirical approach to the study of legitimacy and contributes to a global understanding of multilateralism’s merits, pitfalls – and prospects for reform.
    DFG, 2018-2022

    Research Project | 01/01/2008 - 01/12/2018

    Regional Powers Network

    How is the rise of actors such as Brazil, China, India or South Africa influencing regional and global power shifts? This question is at the heart if the regional Powers Network, coordinated by the GIGA. The network consists of leading European and Non-European research institutions. The participating researchers have analysed emergent regional powers across policy fields and regions – particularly in Asia, but also in Latin America, Africa, and the Middle East.
    Leibniz Association, Fritz Thyssen Foundation, GIGA, 2008-2018

    ARD Tagesthemen | Interview | 13/10/2022

    Tagesthemen vom 13. Oktober 2022

    GIGA-Wissenschaftler Dr. Johannes Plagemann diskutiert das Abstimmungsverhalten der Staaten des globalen Südens zum Krieg in der Ukraine in den Vereinten Nationen.

    BR24 | Quote | 08/08/2022

    China-Taiwan: Eskalation oder Drohgebärde? Das sagen Experten

    Was bedeuten die chinesischen Militärmanöver um Taiwan? Wie wahrscheinlich ist eine weitere Eskalation der Krise? Einschätzungen zur sicherheitspolitischen Bedeutung. 

    ARD alpha | Interview | 07/06/2022

    Der Rest der Welt gegen Russland?

    Putin isoliert, ohne Verbündete außer China - so stellt es der Westen oft dar. Über Russlands Beziehungen nach Kriegsbeginn spricht bei alpha-demokratie Dr. Johannes Plagemann, GIGA Leibniz Institut für Globale und Regionale Studien.

    Speaker, Speaker, Speaker, Discussant, Discussant, Discussant, Discussant, Moderator | 01/12/2022

    Towards Closer Cooperation with South Korea in the Indo-Pacific

    The European Union and Germany are implementing strategies for cooperation in the Indo-Pacific. How does South Korea fit into the picture? In this GIGA Talk, we will present and discuss findings from a collaborative, policy-oriented research project examining the potential scope for closer cooperation therewith.

    Prof. Dr. Yul Sohn

    Prof. Dr. Sook-Jong Lee

    Prof. Dr. Chaesung Chun

    Martin Thümmel

    Panelist, Panelist, Panelist, Organiser | 30/06/2022

    Maritime Security Strategies in the Era of the Indo-Pacific

    Patrick Köllner, Johannes Plagemann and Christian Wirth exchanged views with Korean university, think tank and media representatives in a joint maritime policy seminar of the SLOC Study Group-Korea and the GIGA. The event was co-sponsored by the Haesung Institute for Ethics in International Affairs.

    Speaker, Speaker, Speaker, Speaker, Speaker, Moderator | 17/05/2022

    The War in Ukraine and the Global South: Perceptions, Reactions, and Implications

    While most United Nations members quickly condemned Russia’s attack on Ukraine, a few actors in the Global South adopted a “neutral” stance. This GIGA Forum discusses how countries in Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa perceive the war, are reacting to it, and what its consequences are for these states.


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