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Welcome to the Heinrich Böll Stiftung North America!

We are a political non-profit organization striving to promote democracy, civil society, equality and a healthy environment internationally. Headquarted in Berlin/Germany, the Heinrich Böll Stiftung has 28 offices worldwide and cooperates with more than 200 partners in more than 60 countries.  


G20 Update #13 - Leadership Transitions


G20-BRICS Update: Dueling Visions - Civil Society and the G20

February 5, 2014 - Read about the jobs crisis (Sharan Burrow, ITUC); mobilizing pension funds to underwrite infrastructure (Manuel Montes, South Centre); the need for a new “model” for BRICS’ development (Jayati Ghosh, JNU); and the ambitions and risks of African mega-projects (Mzukisi Qobo, University of Pretoria). more»


Post-Bali: It’s Crunch Time! – Report of the 6th GCF Board Meeting

- April 18, 2014 - The 6th meeting of the Board of the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in Bali from February 19 – February 21, 2014 was meant to propel the new Fund toward full operationalization by year’s end. After Bali, however, this tightly timed goal is in peril. For the GCF Board it is now crunch time to deliver at its May meeting.


Liane Schalatek more»


Energy security for Europe

- April 14, 2014 - No, the Crimea crisis does not mean Germany needs a national gas reserve of the kind called for by the Foreign Trade Association for Petroleum and Energy in Germany in its recent statement. A resource revolution is the most intelligent response to Russian gas and the Crimea crisis. Dieter Janecek - MdB, Bündnis 90/Die Grünen more»

Policy Paper

Renewables: The Only Path to a Secure, Affordable and Climate-friendly Energy System by 2030

- April 14, 2014 - This paper demonstrates that an expansion of renewable energy sources is the only path to a secure, affordable and climate-friendly energy system until 2030 and beyond. Renewables not only drastically reduce emissions and other environmental and social burdens; they also reduce energy import dependency and hence increase energy security, strengthen local economies, and create jobs.  more»


Transitional Justice

- April 14, 2014 - Until now, transitional justice has, in many places, failed to address gender dimensions but increasingly so the issues of inequality, hierarchies and violence patterns. This study details these problems and presents the resulting challenges facing politicians and society.  more»


The Future of Arms Control

- January 28, 2014 - HBS Berlin held an international expert conference on the “Future of Arms Control,” jointly organized with the German Institute for International and Security Affairs and the Institute for Peace Research and Security Studies (IFSH) at the University of Hamburg. Read publications of the conference proceedings. more»


Greening the Heartlands of Coal in Europe: Insights from a Czech-German-Polish Dialogue on Energy Issues

- March 21, 2014 - The impacts of the German energy transition on its European neighbors have hardly been addressed. In 2013, HBF, in cooperation with the Ecologic Institute, invited experts from the Czech Republic, Germany and Poland to discuss the prospects for better cross-border cooperation arising from Germany's energy transition. This report is the result of the trilateral energy expert group's discussion. Raffaele Piria, et.al. more»


Russia, Ukraine, and Europe

- March 12, 2014 - If Russia wants to continue economic and political cooperation with the EU, it has to end its military intervention in Ukraine and start the path of dialogue. We all would love to have a democratic Russia as a partner in the European Union. It is the current political leadership of the country that is moving away from Europe.


Rebecca Harms and Ralf Fücks more»

Policy Paper

Afghan Women Visioning 2024

- March 12, 2014 - Afghan women have brought together a very personal account of achievements they have made over the last decade and they have  lined out their interest in how the transformation decade beyond 2014 should look like for Afghan women.  Afghan Women's Network (AWN) more»


Creating a Peoples' Europe

- March 11, 2014 - Five years into the financial and economic crisis the European Union has not been left unchanged. While citizens' confidence in the Union is reaching historic lows, is there still space for discussing further European integration? Is (more) Europe still a good idea?  more»


Afghans find their way

- March 10, 2014 - The international community will play an important but secondary role in Afghanistan’s future as Afghans work to create a more sustainable state through strengthening their political consensus, building their economy, and increasing security.
Caroline Wadhams more»


Growing Opposition to President Hassan Rouhani: Is the Honeymoon Ending?

- March 7, 2014 - Iranian President Hassan Rouhani is seeing escalating public criticism from Iran's conservative factions, once seemingly stifled by Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. Will Rouhani's presidency follow in the footsteps of the Mohammad Khatami era? HBS and the Stimson Center hosted a panel discussion on the shifting internal political dynamics in Iran. more»


Ukraine: What the EU can do

- March 6, 2014 - Most important now is that the international community responds speedily and clearly to what amounts to a Russian occupation of the Crimea and the additional threat of Russian troops being stationed in Ukraine. Europe is in no way powerless in the face of Russian actions, as Ralf Fücks and Walter Kaufmann illustrate in a ten-point plan.  Ralf Fücks, Walter Kaufmann more»


The great revenge of the North? TTIP and the rest of the world

- March 3, 2014 -

TTIP is an initiative that aims to cement the dominance of the two largest economic powers in the world. Rainer Falk and Barbara Unmüßig consider a topic thus far left out of critical debate: TTIP’s implications for the “rest of the world,” particularly for developing and emerging economies.


Rainer Falk and Barbara Unmüßig more»

Policy Paper

Reexamining the United States’ shale gas success: Is Europe letting the fox in the henhouse?

- February 21, 2014 - Shale gas development continues to cause a heated debate on both sides of the Atlantic with the industry touting the increasing number of jobs within the sector, as well as lower CO2 emissions in comparison to coal and oil. Although both seem to be good news for US and EU policy makers and civil society, such arguments are often exaggerated and do not reflect less promising economic and environmental realities.  Olga Buto more»


Meat Atlas

- January 7, 2014 - The way in which we produce and consume meat affects many aspects of our lives and our environment: health, animal protection, food safety, agriculture, trade, environment and climate impacts are only some of these dimensions. Our new publication, the Meat Atlas 2014, describes and illustrates these relationships.  more»
Job Announcement
Office & Communications Manager, Assistant to the Executive Director
The Heinrich Böll Foundation North America is accepting applications for the position of Office and Communications Manager, Assistant to the Executive Director. We are looking for a highly qualified and motivated individual with an interest in green policy issues. Qualified candidates have a BA and are fluent in English and German. The position is full-time. The start date for the position is July1st, 2014.

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