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 for 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 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

    British Journal of Politics & International Relations | 02/2022

    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

    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

    The Pacific Review | 05/2021

    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

    Chapter in edited Volume | 2021

    Rising Powers and Responsibility

    Aufstrebende Mächte wie China und Indien haben ihren wirtschaftlichen, militärischen und politischen Einfluss in der Welt stark ausgebaut. Aus dem Westen wurde daraufhin gefordert, dass diese Staaten mehr "Verantwortung" übernehmen und ihren "Anteil" zur Lösung globaler Herausforderungen leisten sollten.

    Dr. Johannes Plagemann

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

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

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

    A collaborative, policy-oriented research project bringing together the GIGA and the East Asia Institute in Seoul. The project aims at analysing German and Korean strategies for Indo-Pacific engagement and identifying areas for bi- and multilateral 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

    hr info politik | Interview | 13/05/2022

    Freunde? Oder einfach Realisten? Wer hält zu Putin?

    Bayrischer Rundfunk / "radioWelt" | Interview | 31/03/2022

    Die Ukraine-Krise aus Sicht des globalen Südens

    ZEIT Online | Expert Comment / Guest Contribution | 28/03/2022

    Westmächte im Ukraine-Krieg: Wir sind nicht alle

    Organiser, Chair | 09/12/2021 - 10/12/2021

    Franco-German Observatory on the Indo-Pacific Conference 2021

    Cooperation Event Online event: 09/12/2021 - 10/12/2021 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Center for International Studies, SciencesPo

    Dr. Johannes Plagemann

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Speaker | 06/04/2021

    Populism and the Politicization of Foreign Policy

    Conference 06/04/2021

    Dr. Johannes Plagemann

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

    Organiser | 10/12/2020

    The Regional Stakes of India's Foreign Policy

    Cooperation Event Online event: 08/12/2020 - 10/12/2020 Organisers: German Institute for Global and Area Studies (GIGA), Institute for Strategic Research at the Military School, Center for International Studies, SciencesPo

    International online conference in cooperation with Sciences Po/CERI and IRSEM, both Paris

    Dr. Johannes Plagemann

    Research Fellow / Research Team Spokesperson

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