Transatlantic Policy Symposium

Annual Graduate Student Conference

The Transatlantic Policy Symposium (TAPS) is an annual conference organized by graduate students in the MAGES program. The full-day conference brings together academics, graduate students, and policy professionals from around the world to discuss pressing issues at the heart of the transatlantic relationship. 
Now in its twenty-sixth year, the Transatlantic Policy Symposium is a staple of the MAGES experience and has established itself within the transatlantic policy community as an annual convening of leading minds in the field.

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 TAPS is generously supported by the BMW Center for German and European Studies, the CGES Alumni Association, and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD).

Previous TAPS Conferences

The next Transatlantic Policy Symposium will be held in February of 2018. Graduate students in Master's and Ph.D. programs who are interested in presenting at TAPS 2018 should check back in early fall to view the call for papers.

TAPS 2017: Resilience in a Changing World: The Transatlantic Relationship Going Forward

TAPS 2016: Divided Europe? Straining the Limits of Unity

TAPS 2015: Beyond Tariffs: Trade Relations and the Transatlantic Relationship in the 21st Century  

TAPS 2014: Hot Wars and Cold Wars: Europe's Near Abroad

Listen to the expert panel from taps 2017!

The expert panel at the 2017 Transatlantic Policy Symposium was titled: "External Threat: The Russian Challenge to European Integration and Transatlantic Relations," and panelists debated many of the most urgent issues facing the U.S. and Europe today. BMW Center Director Dr. Jeffrey Anderson moderated the panel, which featured Dr. Fiona Hill (Brookings Institution), Hans Kundnani (German Marshall Fund), Dr. Angela Stent (Georgetown University), and Heather Conley (Center for Strategic and International Studies). Listen to their discussion here: