Master's thesis

Students of the MATA programme write a Master's Thesis (26 ECTS) on a topic related to transatlantic affairs. The thesis is co-supervised by a member of the College of Europe and a member of the Fletcher School faculty. 

The best Master’s Thesis submitted by a MATA student receives the ‘Jan Olaf Hausotter Memorial Prize for the Best Thesis in Transatlantic Affairs’. Jan Olaf HAUSOTTER was an alumnus of the College of Europe (Bertha von Suttner promotion, 2002-2003) and a graduate of The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. He was working as a Political Affairs Officer for the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti when he was killed during the 2010 earthquake. The prize is sponsored by his former classmates of the Bertha von Suttner promotion and handed out on the occasion of the Closing Ceremony of the College of Europe in Bruges.

The best theses of each year are listed below:

Alexane HERVY (FR ) — Stefan FRÖHLICH / Robert L. PFALTZGRAFF
Between Competition and Cooperation. Strategizing the EU-NATO Partnership for the 21st Century
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Colin WALL (US ) — Alexander MATTELAER / Bernard SIMONIN
Building Bridges. An Analysis of NATO’s Inter-Organizational Relations in Crisis Management
United in adversity. How EU concertation could trump transatlantic cooperation in the United Nations Security Council
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Laura SCHIEMICHEN (US /DE ) — Winner of the JAN OLAF HAUSOTTER PRIZE 2017-2019 — Sieglinde GSTÖHL / John SHATTUCK
Madam Ambassador: A Statistical Comparison of Female Ambassadors Across the U.S., German, and EU Foreign Services
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Building Peace in Colombia. Understanding a Transatlantic Discord
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Michael TEODORI (IT ) — Susan LANDAU / Paul NEMITZ
The CLOUD Act and the EU’s e-evidence proposal. A transatlantic perspective on extraterritoriality and conflicts of jurisdiction in the digital age