Northeastern University Political Science Department hosts a 'Think Transatlantic' Week in Fall 2012


Northeastern University is one of 30 Universities and Colleges nationwide that received a grant to launch an interdisciplinary campaign on “Think Transatlantic:  The United States and Germany in the 21st Century”.  In cooperation with the Germany Embassy in Washington D.C., Professor Natalie Bormann and Ph.D. candidate Hans Eijmberts, both in Political Science, are organizing the Northeastern University campus activities.

Initiated by the German Information Center USA, the center for public diplomacy at the German Embassy, the Think Transatlantic campaign aims to stimulate discussion about the historic importance and stability of the German-American partnership and its relevance for the future, as well as the importance of transatlantic partnership, strategic alliance, and mutual values between Germany, Europe, and the United States The campaign is designed to promote dialogue and to exchange ideas of how to build upon past transatlantic successes with new initiatives.

The Northeastern Think Transatlantic Campus Week explores this partnership in a variety of ways; campus-wide Essay Contests with prizes for winners and a Think Transatlantic Symposium in November are some of the activities that have taken place.  The symposium was hosted off-campus by the German Goethe Institute in Boston, and speakers included the German Consul General. 

Michael Trudeau won the undergraduate essay contest with his paper on "NATO's Role in the World Today." Ian McManus won the graduate essuy contest. His paper is titled "The Development of a Coordinated Transatlantic Strategy for Global Democracy." The contest winners will be invited to attend a Washington, D.C. ‘Think Transatlantic’ Conference in early 2013, with travel and accommodation expenses covered by the German Embassy and be entered into the national essay competition. The winner of the national contest will be awarded a trip to Berlin. 

All papers submitted are, after author's consent, published on the symposium's archive site:

Key dates & Events


Nov. 21, 2012    Deadline for Undergraduate and Graduate Essay Contests

Nov. 28, 2012    Award Ceremony and Symposium with German Consul at
                           the Goethe Institute in Boston                        
Dec 9, 2012     ‘Wein-Bar’ Holiday Networking Event
                            for graduate students at the Goethe Institute in Boston

For more information please contact

Professor Natalie Bormann ( or

Johannes Eijmberts (