Conferences & events

Within the framework of the Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs, lectures and conferences on transatlantic relations are organized on a regular basis.

Upcoming events

  • Study trip to the United States Mission to the European Union (27 February 2019, 09:00-16:00, Brussels)
    In the framework of the Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA), the College of Europe is organising its second study trip to the United States Mission to the European Union in Brussels. This visit will consist of round-tables with high-level counsellors of the Mission. Discussions will cover transatlantic topics related to foreign policy and security, trade and economic issues.
  • Perspectives on the Future of Transatlantic Relations in the Trump Era (16 March 2019, 13:30, Bruges)
    European Horizons at the College of Europe has the pleasure to invite you to a multi-topic conference dealing with the future of transatlantic relations in an era of uncertainty. Our high-level speakers will successively address common challenges faced by the transatlantic partnership, with a focus on security issues, but also on the future of the current EU-US trade negotiation and regulatory cooperation,  which are all genuine bones of contention driving both sides of the Atlantic apart. The audience will be highly encouraged to intervene in order to build common reflections on the future of EU-US relations. 
  • Seminar by Professor John SHATTUCK: “The Populist-Nationalist Challenges to Pluralist Democracy in the US and Europe“ (4 April 2019, 13:30-16:30, Bruges)
    Prof. SHATTUCK is a Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy at The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy (Tufts University) and teaches the first-semester MATA course. This seminar will be held in the framework of his one-month stay at the College of Europe as a Visiting Scholar of the Fulbright Specialist program. He has previously held academic and policy-making positions at the highest level, including as the Rector of the Central European University in Budapest and as US Ambassador to the Czech Republic.
  • High-Level Transatlantic Lecture by Heather A. CONLEY: “Transatlantic relations and global order in the 21st century” (10 April 2019, 20:00-21:30, Bruges, Dijver 9, room E)
    The College of Europe is organising its second High-Level Lecture on Transatlantic Affairs, with the support of the United States Mission to the European Union. The lecture will be delivered by Heather A. CONLEY, a senior vice president for Europe, Eurasia, and the Arctic and director of the Europe Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). She has previously served as deputy assistant secretary of state in the Bureau for European and Eurasian Affairs, United States Department of State, and as executive director of the Office of the Chairman of the Board at the American National Red Cross.


Past events

On 29 November 2018, the first ever joint College of Europe and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy alumni networking event took place in Brussels. The event was organized in cooperation with the Alumni Association of the College of Europe and the American Chamber of Commerce to the EU (AmCham EU), and well attended by alumni of both institutions as well as first- and second-year students of the joint College of Europe-Fletcher School Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA).

The workshop was kicked off on 13 April with opening remarks by Ms Christina TOMLINSON (U.S. Mission to the European Union) followed by a keynote lecture delivered by Professor Giles SCOTT-SMITH (Leiden University). The workshop on 14 April brought together experts from Europe and the US, including Paul A. BERKMAN (The Fletcher School), Laura RUMBLEY (Boston College), Richard HIGGOT (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Brian HOCKING (Clingendael Institute), Simon SCHUNZ (College of Europe/UNU-CRIS), Luk VAN LANGENHOVE (Vrije Universiteit Brussel/UNU-CRIS), Heiko PRANGE-GSTÖHL (Vrije Universiteit Brussel) and Riccardo TROBBIANI (College of Europe/UNU-CRIS).

The College of Europe organised its first High-Level Lecture on Transatlantic Affairs on 22 March 2018, with the support of the United States Mission to the European Union. The lecture was delivered by Dr Hans BINNENDIJK, who is a renowned US expert of transatlantic relations and currently a Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He is former Vice President for Research of the National Defense University and Theodore Roosevelt Chair in National Security Policy.

In the framework of the Master of Arts in Transatlantic Affairs (MATA), the College of Europe organized a seminar at the United States Mission to the European Union in Brussels.

With the participation of speakers from China, Europe and the US, including Professors Madeleine Hosli (keynote lecture, UN University Institute on Comparative Regional Integration Studies and Leiden University), Yan Bo (Fudan University), Alan Henrikson (The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University) and Sophie Meunier (Princeton University).

With the participation of Rector Monar and College of Europe Visiting Professors Emiliano Alessandri, Stefan Fröhlich, Fletcher Professor John Shattuck and Edita Hrdá, Managing Director Americas, European External Action Service.


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