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 hours: 26.7., 10.8., 16.8., 30.8. - after end of lectures on prior appointment by email


Current term

  1. Basissem Internationale Beziehungen
    Instructor: Dr. Johannes Muntschick; Johanna Speyer; Dr. Doris Unger
  2. Sem (MA/MA-EU) The EU and the dark side of Gobal Regionalism: containing Authoritarian States
    Instructor: Dr. Johannes Muntschick
  3. Sprachkurs Deutsch für EU-Master - Niveau A1.2 (Frau Karapetyan)
    Instructor: Marine Karapetyan; Dr. Johannes Muntschick

SoSe 2022

At the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz:

At the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg:

Research Interests

• Theories of international relations

• International institutions and organisations

• Regional Integration in Europe and beyond, Regionalism and external Influence (focus: Global South)

• Fragile states, transnational conflicts and war economies

• Sub-Saharan Africa

• Foreign Policy and Security

Current Research

• Research in the field "Political-economy analysis" on "External governance of sector coupling" in the cluster project Clean Circles - Iron as energy carrier in a carbon neutral circular energy economy

• Research project on "National Policies and International Cooperation in global refugee crises" together with Dr. Natascha Zaun (LSE) and Dr. Mario Scharfbillig (EU Commission)

• 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.

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

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

• 08/2021 – today: Associated member of the interdisciplinary cluster project "Clean Circles - Iron as energy carrier in a carbon neutral circular energy economy"

• 2015 – 2018: Research Fellow in the Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence „EU in Global Dialogue“ (CEDI) of the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz and TU Darmstadt

• 10/2017-03/2018: Contract lecturer at the Professorship of Comparative Public Policy (Prof. Thomas Rixen) at the Otto-Friedrich-Universität Bamberg

• 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.



Monographs & Editions

Muntschick, J. (Ed.) (forthcoming 2022): Regionalism in Africa and External Partners. Uneven Relationships and (Un)Intended Effects. Cham: Palgrave.

Muntschick, J. (2018): "The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the European Union (EU). Regionalism and External Influence." Cham: Palgrave.


Journals and Book Chapters (peer reviewed)

Muntschick, J. (2020): "Regional Economic Integration in the Southern African Development Community (SADC): Analysing the Dynamics and Performance", In: Vestnik RUDN. International Relations, 20:2, 333-346.

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 für langanhaltende 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.

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.

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.