Dr. Johannes Muntschick


Georg Forster-Building
Jakob-Welder-Weg 12
55128 Mainz

Room: 04-317
Phone: 06131-39-29298
Email: muntschick@uni-mainz.de
Office hour: during semester break 16. & 23. July; 14. August, 10. September (by prior appointment only)


Current term

  1. Basissem Internationale Beziehungen (Jan Bucher; Dr. Johannes Muntschick; Friedrich Plank; Johanna Speyer; Dr. Doris Unger)
  2. Sem (BA/MEd/MA) Internationale Institutionen: Herausforderungen und Chancen (Dr. Johannes Muntschick)
  3. Sem (MA/MA-EU/MEd) Regionalism and the EU (Dr. Johannes Muntschick)

Semester: SoSe 2019


  • Current courses can be found in JOGU-StINe.
  • Winter 2017/18: Seminar "International Institutions: Governance and Governance Transfer" (taught in English) and Seminar "Global Regionalism: What Role does the EU play?"
  • Winter 2016/17: Seminar "International Institutions: Governance and Governance Transfer" and Introductory Seminar „International Relations" (Group A und C)
  • Summer 2016: Introductory Seminars “International Relations" (Group D and F)
  • Winter 2015/16: Introductory Seminar “International Relations" (Group A) and Tutorial "Introduction to scientific Research" (Group A and B)
  • Summer 2015: Introductory Seminar “International Relations" (Group F)
  • Winter 2014/15: Seminar “Regional Cooperation in Africa: Challenges, Successes and Failures"
  • Summer 2014: Seminar “Regional Cooperation in Africa: Challenges, Successes and Failures" and Introductory Seminar “International Relations" (Group F)
  • Summer 2013: Seminar “Regional Cooperation in Africa: Challenges, Successes and Failures" and Introductory Seminar “International Relations" (Group F); and Working Group "Peace and Conflict Studies"
  • Winter 2012/13: Cooperation Project with Gymnasiums within the Framework of the Junior Campus Mainz. Topic: "Natural Resources and Violence: What relates my Smartphone to the War in the DR Congo?"
  • Summer 2012: Introductory Seminar “International Relations" (Group F) and Working Group "Eastern Europe"
  • Winter 2011/12: Introductory Seminars “Internationale Relations" (Groups C and D)
  • Summer 2011: Introductory Seminars “International Relations“ (Groups G and E)

At the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg:

  • Winter 2017/18: Seminar "Economic Globalisation and the nation states reactions"
  • Summer 2017: Seminar "Global Regionlism in Comparison: What Role does the EU play?", Seminar "Foreign Policy in a changing World and Times of Crisis" (taught English) and Introductory Seminar “Introduction to international and European Politics”
  • Winter 2010/11: Seminar BA “International Institutions“ (taught English)
  • Winter 2009/10: Introductory Seminar “Introduction to international and European Politics”
  • Winter 2008/09: Introductory Seminar “Introduction to international and European Politics”
  • Summer 2008: Seminar BA “Foreign Policy and International Crisis” (taught English)
  • Winter 2007/08: Introductory Seminar “Introduction to international and European Politics”

Research Interests

• Regional Integration in Europe and beyond (focus: Global South)

• Theories of international relations; governance

• International institutions and organisations

• Interregional relations & regionalism and external influence

• Transnational conflicts and war economies (focus: Global South and sub-Saharan Africa)

• Transformation of statehood, fragile states

• Sub-Saharan Africa (focus: SADC region)

• Foreign Policy and Security

Current Research

• Pilot research project "Externally fuelled (regional) governance as instrument for sovereignty- and capacity-building in weak states in the South" (duration: 08/2016 - 02/2017; supported by intramural research funding of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz)

• Theory-building and empirical research under the topic "Regionalism in the Global South in Comparative Perspective"; the research focus is on the analysis of the (ambivalent) influence of regional key countries as well as extra-regional actors on the development and effectiveness of regional integration in the Global South. Research is linked and contributes to project research within the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence „EU in Global Dialogue“ (CEDI) of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and the TU Darmstadt.

• Theory-building in the thematic field "regionalism and external influence"

• Overlapping regionalism in Southern Africa (SADC, SACU, COMESA)

• Pilot studies analysing the external influence on regional integration in the AU, Eurasia and Europe

Research Project (Completed)

Dissertation thesis – Title: „Regionalism and External Influence: The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the ambivalent Impact of the EU on Regional Integration“

Supervisor: Prof. T. Gehring, Prof. R. Zohlnhöfer and Prof. R. Münch

The PhD-thesis addressed from a political science’s perspective the question why states in southern Africa engage in regional cooperation and integration within the framework of the “Southern African Development Community” (SADC). This included research on the reasons for regional institution-building and finding explanations for the dynamics of the process of regional integration in SADC’s major policy/issue areas. The theory-driven analysis is based on cooperation theory in general and a slightly modified situation-structural approach (Zürn) in particular. The empirical work focussed on SADC’s most important policy areas and covered five case studies on institutionalised economic, security and infrastructure cooperation. Against the underlying structure of problematic situations in international relations, the thesis argues that not only aspects of intra-regional interdependence but furthermore extra-regional relations to external actors had a strong impact on SADC states’ preferences and their action in the regional integration process. This approach extends the scope of many 'mainstream' and Euro-centric integration theories because it takes the potential influence of external actors on a regional integration project in the Global South explicitly into account. The analysis came to the conclusion that not only the impact of the regional power South Africa but as well the influence of the region's most important (extra-regional) trading partners and donors – especially the EU – is of central relevance for the (future) success of this promising regional organisation.


Curriculum Vitae

• 04/2011 – today: Lecturer and research fellow at the Department of Political Science (International Politics) at the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz; Coordinator of the Trinational MA "European Studies" (Europa Master) from 04/2011 – 04/2015

• 07/2015 – today: Research Fellow in the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence „EU in Global Dialogue“ (CEDI) of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and TU Darmstadt

• 09/2017: Guest Researcher at the 'School of Global Studies' at the University Gothenburg, Sweden

• 04/2017 – 09/2017: Deputy professorship of the Juniorprofesur for International and European Politics at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• 11/2015: Doctorate in Political Science (International Relations)

• 10/2007 – 04/2011: Contract lecturer at the Chair of International Relations at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• Field research in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia (in 2007, 2008, 2010)

• 06/2007 – 12/2012: Member of the DFG Graduate College “Markets and Social Systems in Europe“ at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• Degrees in Political Science (Diplom) and teaching profession (1. Staatsexamen) for Gymnasium (German/History/Social Science) at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• Military service


Awards and scholarships

06/2007 – 06/2010: Doctoral Scholarship of the German Research Foundation (DFG) as member of the DFG-Graduate College “Markets and Social Systems in Europe” at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

Scholarships of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) for:

  • a semester abroad at the University of Namibia
  • field research for the degree thesis in Namibia
  • field research for the PhD thesis in South Africa and Botswana
  • congress in Cambridge, UK
  • congress in Brussels, Belgium
  • congress in Atlanta, USA
  • congress in San Francisco, USA


Memberships / Activities

• German Political Science Association (DVPW), Section “International Relations“

• University Association for Contemporary European Studies (UACES)

• International Studies Association (ISA)

• European Studies Association of Sub-Saharan Africa (ESA-SSA)

• German-Namibian Society e.V.

• Alumni Netzwerk Subsahara Afrika (ANSA) e.V.

• Contact member of the DAAD-Freundeskreis e.V. in Bamberg

• Bamberger Absolventen des Diplomstudiengangs Politikwissenschaft BAD e.V.




Muntschick, J. (2017): "The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the European Union (EU). Regionalism and External Influence." Cham: Palgrave.


Journals and Books (peer reviewed)

Muntschick. J. (2016): "SADC – Extra-Regional Trade Relations Constrain Deeper Market Integration", In: Krapohl, S. (Ed.): Regional Integration in the Global South: External Influence on Economic Cooperation in ASEAN, MERCOSUR and SADC. Cham: Palgrave. 179-207.

Muntschick, J. with Krapohl, S. and Meissner, K. (2014): “Regional Powers as Leaders or Rambos? The Ambivalent Behaviour of Brazil and South Africa in Regional Economic Integration”, In: Journal of Common Market Studies, 52:4, 879-895.

Muntschick, J. (2013): “Regionalismus und Externer Einfluss: Stört die Europäische Union die Regionale Marktintegration im Südlichen Afrika?”, In: Politische Vierteljahresschrift, 54:4, 686-713.

Muntschick, J. (2013): “Regional Energy Cooperation in SADC: Is the Southern African Power Pool currently powered by External Funding?”, In: du Pisani, A., Erasmus, G. und Hartzenberg, T. (Eds.): Monitoring Regional Integration in Southern Africa. Yearbook 2012. Stellenbosch: Trade Law Centre (tralac). 113-137.

Muntschick, J. (2013): “Explaining the influence of extra-regional actors on regional economic integration in Southern Africa: the EU’s interfering impact on SADC and SACU”, In: Lorenz-Carl, U. and Rempe, M. (Eds.): Mapping Agency. Comparing Regionalisms in Africa. Farnham: Ashgate. 77-95.

Muntschick, J. (2010): “Offene Kriegsökonomien als Triebfedern fürlanganhaltende Bürgerkriege in Entwicklungsländern: Von Coltan und Blutdiamanten in der Demokratischen Republik Kongo und in Liberia“, In: Friedenswarte, 85, 1-2, 73-89.

Muntschick, J. (2008): “The ‘Great War’ in Liberia as a Classic Example for Persistent Armed Conflict and War Economies in Africa”, In: Colombia Internacional, No. 67, 38-59.


Other Publications in Journals and Edited volumes

Muntschick, J. (2017): „The Impact of Regionalism on Democracy Building: An examination of the Southern African Development Community (SADC)”. In: Ngwainmbi, E. K. (Ed.): Citizenship, Democracies, and Media Engagement among Emerging Economies and Marginalized Communities. Cham: Palgrave. 55-80.

Book Review "Governance Transfer by Regional Organizations. Patching Together a Global Script", edited by Tanja A. Börzel and Vera van Hüllen (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2015). In: Journal of Common Market Studies (2016). Volume 54, Number 5. 1253.

Book Review “Rescaling the European State – The Making of Territory and the Rise of the Meso” by M. Keating (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013). In: Journal of Common Market Studies (2015). Volume 53, Number 3. 697-698.

Book Review "The European Union and Interregionalism: Patterns of Engagement" by M. Doidge (Farnham: Ashgate, 2011). In: Journal of Common Market Studies (2012). Volume 50, Number 5. 856.

Muntschick, J. mit Krapohl, S. (2009): "Two Logics of Regionalism: The Importance of Interdependence and External Support for Regional Integration in Southern Africa". In: Kaunda, J. M. & Zizhou, F. (Eds.): Furthering Southern African Integration. Proceedings of the 2008 FOPRISA Annual Conference. Botswana Institute for Development Policy Analysis. Gaborone, 2009. 3-17.

Muntschick, J. (2005): “Internationale Kooperation bei der Terrorbekämpfung”, In: Derlien, H.-U., Frank, S., Lang, F. (Eds.): Terrorismus und Terrorismusbekämpfung. OPUS Bamberg. 203-224. (urn:nbn:de:bvb:473-opus-734). http://www.opus-bayern.de/uni-bamberg/volltexte/2005/73/


Selected Conference- and Working Papers

Muntschick, J. (2016): “Regionalism and External Influence: A situation-structural Approch on the Examples of the SADC and Europe“. Paper presented at the 56th UACES Annual Conference in London, September 2016.

Muntschick, J. (2016): “Inter-regional EU-Africa Relations: Strengthening National State Capacity by Supporting Regionalism in the South?“. Paper presented at the 56th UACES Annual Conference in London, September 2016.

Muntschick, J. (2016): “Fostering Peace and Triggering Conflict: The Ambivalent Impact of Extra-Regional Actors on Regionalism“. Paper presented at the 57th ISA Annual Convention ‚Exploring Peace’ in Atlanta, March 2016.

Muntschick, J. (2015): “Who sets the Pace? The Influence of South Africa and the EU on Regional Security Cooperation in SADC on the Example of the SADC Standby Force“. Paper presented at the DVPW-Conference ,World Regions Compared: Polity, Politics and Policy’ at the GIGA in Hamburg, February 2015.

Muntschick, J. (2014): “The EU and Regional Integration Organsiations in Africa: Feeding Institutional Chimaeras and Ruling State Elites?“ Paper presented at the Conference ,The European Union in International Affairs IV’ in Brussels, May 2014.

Muntschick, J. (2014): “Overlapping Regionalisms and the Games Member States Play: An Observation of Southern Africa“. Paper presented at the KFG-Conference ,Dealing with Overlapping Regionalism: Complementary or Competitive Strategies’ in Berlin, May 2014.

Muntschick, J. (2012): “Theorising Regionalism and External Influence: A Situation-structural Approach“. Mainz Papers on International and European Politics, 2012/02. Mainz:
Chair of International Relations, Johannes Gutenberg-Universität.

Muntschick, J. (2012): "Regionalism in the Shadow of Asymmetry: The EU as Friend or Foe for Regional Integration in SADC?" Paper presented at the Conference 'The European Union in International Affairs III' in Brussels, May 2012.

Muntschick, J. (2012): “The ambivalent Impact of inter-organisational Relations on Regional Integration Organisations: The EU as Friend or Foe for SADC? ". Paper presented at the Expert-Workshop 'Inter-Organizationalism in International Relations: Theories and Cases' in Brussels, 27th - 28th January 2012.

Muntschick, J. (2011): “Picky Regional Security Integration in the Southern African Development Community (SADC): The Long Shadow of the Table Mountain and the Alps". Paper presented at UACES Conference 'Exchanging Ideas on Europe' in Cambridge, 5th - 7th September 2011.

Muntschick, J. (2011): “Explaining the Influence of External Actors on Regional Economic Integration in Southern Africa: The EU’s interfering Impact on SADC and SACU”. Paper presented at workshop ‘Mapping Agency: Comparing Regionalisms in Africa’ in Berlin, 7.-8. July 2011.

Muntschick, J. (2011): “The ambivalent Impact of extra-regional Actors and interregional Cooperation on Regionalism in the South: Does the EU truly promote Regional Integration in Africa?“ Paper presented at Conference ‘Effective Multilateralism? The EU and International Institutions' in Loughborough, 13.-14. January 2011.

Muntschick, J. (2010): “Globale und Regionale Führungsmächte als Einflussfaktoren für regionale Integration im Süden: Die Economic Partnership Agreements als Spaltpilz für SADC’s Agenda zur umfassenden Marktintegration“. Paper presented at workshop ‚Der Einfluss Regionaler und globaler Führungsmächte auf regionale Integration außerhalb Europas’. Bamberg, June 2010.

Muntschick, J. (2010): “Does the EU truly promote Regionalism in the South? The obstructive Effects of Europe’s North-South Trade Agreements (EPAs) on SADC’s Agenda towards deeper Regional Economic Integration”. Paper presented at the GARNET Conference ‘The European Union in International Affairs’ in Brussels, April 2010.

Muntschick, J. (2009): “Entstaatlichung und Ökonomisierung von Gewalt als Triebfedern für langanhaltende Bürgerkriege in Entwicklungsländern: Der ‚Große Krieg’ in Liberia (1989-2003) und seine Kriegsökonomie“. Paper for the Conference ‘Heidelberger Dialog zur internationalen Sicherheit’ with the topic ‘Schwache Staatlichkeit als globale Herausforderung’ in Heidelberg, October 2009.

Muntschick, J. (2009): “Regional Integration in Southern Africa: The Choice for SADC”. Paper presented at workshop ‘Transnationaler Institutionenwandel’ in Bamberg. October 2009.

Muntschick, J. (2009): “Regional Economic Integration in Southern Africa: SADC’s Protocol on Trade and South Africa’s Big Fingerprint“. Paper presented at workshop ‘Regional Integration in Comparison: Internal Dynamics and External Support of Regional Integration in Africa, America and Asia’ in Bamberg. June 2009.

Muntschick, J. mit Krapohl, J. (2008): “Two Logics of Regionalism: The Importance of Interdependence and External Support for Regional Integration in Southern Africa”. Paper presented at the ‘Third Annual FOPRISA Conference’ in Centurion/Pretoria, November 2008.

Muntschick, J. (2008): “Developing Less Developed Countries: The Prospect for Regional Integration in Southern Africa”. Paper presented at the GARNET Conference ‘The European Union in International Affairs’ in Brussels, April 2008.

Muntschick, J. (2007): “Institutional Reform in the Southern African Development Community (SADC): Change in Security and Defence Cooperation over Time. A Neorealist Approach”. Paper presented at the workshop ‘Institutionelle Innovationen und ihre Wirkung’ of the Graduate School ‘Markets and Social Systems in Europe’ in Bamberg, October 2007.