Publications - Foreign & Security Policy


HBF Interview with MEP Tarja Cronberg

April 23, 2014 -

On the occasion of MEP Tarja Cronberg’s visit to Washington D.C., we had the chance to speak to her about the current nuclear negotiations with Iran, the human rights situation within the country and the role of the EU in supporting the political opening under President Hasan Rouhani.



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»


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»


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 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»


Reform Under Rouhani: Assessing Potential Change in Iran

- November 4, 2013 - The Stimson Center and the Heinrich Boll Foundation North America held a discussion on positive social and political changes in Iran, the role of Iranian youth in changing the political culture and the implications of a Rouhani presidency on the future of US-Iran relations. Watch the recorded event here more»


U.S. Says Nuclear Security Work Remains

- October 29, 2013 - United States has decided to host a nuclear security summit in 2016, which would be the fourth such meeting to strengthen and deepen the "existing nuclear security architecture" before the summit process ends. Although a July 2013 ministerial-level conference on the topic played an important role in strengthening and institutionalizing nuclear security, the White House does not deem progress in this area to be sufficient for the summit process to end.  Kelsey Davenport more»


Bundestagswahl 2013: A Look at the Themes of the September Federal Elections

- September 5, 2013 - Germany is in the midst of a unique campaign season, gearing up for the September 22 elections. Despite this wide gap between the two frontrunners, Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and current chancellor and Peer Steinbrück of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), the final results are far from certain. Mattis Hennings reviews main campaign issues and the politics behind the elections. Mattis Hennings more»


Winning the Power of Information: How Assad Defines the Facts

- August 22, 2013 - Bashar al-Assad’s regime depends on an extensive propaganda machine for its political survival. This has had a tremendous impact on the Syrian conflict, dividing the international community and helping to discredit the opposition. Despite there being hardly a place in Syria in which the regime rules unchallenged, Damascus has largely won the power of information: the ability to define facts in this war.


Bente Scheller more»

Policy Paper

Current Immigration and Integration Debates in Germany and the United States: What We Can Learn from Each Other

- July 30, 2013 - Over the past few years there has been an evolving discourse over the intersection of immigration, integration, and culture in both Europe and the United States. In this new report, Spencer Boyer and Victoria Pardini offer several ideas the United States and Germany can learn from each other’s political and policy approaches  Spencer P. Boyer and Victoria Pardini more»

Policy Paper

What Can the European Union Do in Syria?

- May 31, 2013 - As a follow-up to the closed workshop "The responsibility to protect in Syria - What can the European Union do?" organized by the Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung European Union and Dutch peace organization IKV Pax Christi on 5th of December 2012, this joint policy paper focuses on what could be done by the EU in Syria. more»
Perspectives from Africa

Dossier - Perspectives/Africa

Perspectives: Political Analysis and Commentary from Africa


Perspectives is a publication series of the Africa offices of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung. With this series, we intend to let experts from Africa express their views about current political issues in their region. Perspectives focuses on Southern- , East- and West Africa where the foundation has established offices.



Diversity and Community: On the Future of the European Union

- November 16, 2012 - When we speak of the future of the EU, it’s about more than saving the Euro. The question is whether Europe wishes to remain relevant as a strategic actor. If it does, then we must strengthen internal solidarity, as well as our capacity to act externally.  Ralf Fücks more»


Understanding Iranian Public Opinion

- October 19, 2012 - In the midst of bombastic rhetoric exchanged among Iran, Israel, and Western states over the nuclear issue, Iranian public opinion is seldom heard on topics such as the nuclear program, international sanctions, and a potential military strike. Where do the Iranian people stand? Watch the discussion of Iranian Public Opinion hosted by HBF and the Stimson Center.
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NATO’s Defense and Deterrence Posture Review – A Missed Opportunity?

- July 6, 2012 - American Non-Strategic Nuclear Weapons (NSNWs) currently forward deployed in five Europe countries - have always been endowed with a symbolic value that far outweighs their strategic importance. It was therefore not surprising that NATO’s Defense and Deterrence Posture Review (DDPR) discreetly published at the Chicago Summit concluded that in the current circumstances, the existing mix of capabilities is a sound one. Trine Flockhart more»

Policy Paper

International Security Guarantees on the Way to a Permanent Agreement on a Two-State-Solution Israel / Palestine

- March 20, 2012 - From mid-2010 to mid-2011 a working group of Israeli and Palestinian security experts developed concrete proposals and practical steps for international security guarantees in the case of a two state solution between Israel and Palestine. This work was undertaken at the invitation of the Heinrich Böll Stiftung. The group presents their recommendations at several events in Berlin, Brussels and Washington, DC. Core Group more»


Climate - Migration - Security

- Growing evidence of links between climate change, migration, and conflict raise plenty of reasons for concern and it’s time to start thinking about new answers to these multifaceted crisis scenarios. - New report on Climate Change, Migration, and Conflict in South Asia!

Policy Paper

Saving for Germany?

- December 20, 2011 - The European crisis is not only a Euro or financial crisis, it also has far reaching political implications. In his article Rainer Emschermann analyses the political dynamics while Europe is struggling for ways to solve its deepest crisis since the foundation of the European Union. Rainer Emschermann more»


Solidarity and Strength. The Future of the European Union

- May 1, 2012 - With the ink on the Treaty of Lisbon scarcely dry, the European debt crisis has once more raised the question as to how the EU should be constituted. The Union’s ability to hold together and withstand the crisis is being put to the test. Against this background, the Heinrich Böll Foundation set up a commission in 2010 to examine the future of the EU and a summary of its findings can be found in this publication. FULL PUBLICATION NOW AVAILABLE. more»


Transatlantic 2020: A Tale of Four Futures

- November 15, 2011 -

What deep currents are likely to affect Europe and the United States over the next decade? Will they draw Europeans and Americans together or drive them apart? In this new book, Dan Hamilton and Kurt Volker offer “four futures” for the transatlantic relationship – each a narrative of how trends evident today could interact and evolve to shape the world we live in tomorrow.

Daniel Hamilton and Kurt Volker more»


Can a Stronger ESFS Save the Euro?

- October 3, 2011 - In the European Union, the Euro, the common currency of 17 EU countries, has been under speculative attack in global currency markets for some time. This is due largely to the debt crisis sweeping several of its member countries, but also a signal of larger global imbalances and power shifts in global financial markets. Gerhard Schick more»

Conference Report

Ten Years After 9/11 – Lessons Learned?

- The attacks in New York and Washington DC on 11 September 2001, almost exactly ten years ago, represented a historic turning point of a scope comparable to that of the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989. While the latter was a sign of hope and new beginnings, 9/11 meant uncertainty and recrimination. Stefan Schaaf more»


The German Mission in Afghanistan

- August 25, 2011 - German involvement in Afghanistan did not begin with the attacks of September 11. German humanitarian and development aid existed before the German military intervention – and it will (and must) still be there after the military mission is over. more»


Transatlantic 20/20: The US and Europe in an Interpolar World

- July 15, 2011 - As the United States and Europe transition from the post-Cold War era of Western dominance to a more uncertain future, their commitment to each other in world affairs has been called into question by both sides. Once a given in international affairs, the future of the transatlantic relationship is anything but certain. Colin M. Adams more»
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After the Death of Osama bin Laden: Now to Break the Al- Qaeda Franchise

- June 13, 2011 -

It is young people at the heart of the Arab revolt who are rebelling not for jihad but for freedom and democracy. Nevertheless, bin Laden's death opens up huge opportunities worldwide. President Barack Obama needs to follow up on the promise he made in Cairo, two years ago, when he pledged to build bridges to the Muslim world.

Ahmed Rashid more»
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Effects of the Arab Spring

- June 1, 2011 - Because the Arab democracy movement is spreading to the Palestinian territories, Fatah and Hamas had to sign a reconciliation agreement in early May. Joachim Paul more»

Policy Paper

Ambition and Peril: Nuclear Energy and the Arab World

- April 5, 2011 -

Should Arab countries with less advanced technological capacities invest in nuclear power that proved uncontrollable in Fukushima, Japan? Activists and policy-makers from the Arab World and Europe critically discuss these and other questions in this report.

Mohamed Abdel Raouf, Hamed Beheshti, Ali Darwish, Leila Ghanem, Dennis Kumentat, Nikolaus Supersberger, Najib Saab, Larbi Sadiki, and Jürgen Trittin more»
Ralf Fücks


Europe’s New Divide

- February 16, 2011 - The European Union ushers in the new year amid the ruins of its foreign policy with regard to Eastern Europe. If the EU wants to be a strategic actor in Eastern Europe, it will have to offer credible accession perspectives to all countries wishing to be a part of democratic Europe.
Ralf Fücks more»

Policy Paper

Tribal Jurisdiction and Agreements

- January 21, 2011 - The Heinrich Boell Foundation Afghanistan published three policy briefs on current affairs in Afghanistan with an emphasis on the problematic relations between the government, tribes and the international military; on a tribal engagement strategy to ensure stability; and on the role of the international security forces in the country. more»


In the Wake of the Crisis

- December 18, 2010 - On December 1, the Brookings Center on the United States and Europe and the Heinrich Böll Foundation of North America gathered some 30 economists, experts and analysts from both sides of the Atlantic for a closed-door workshop on the challenges confronting Europe and America in the wake of the global economic crisis. more»


Europe and the American Dream

- November 17, 2010 - It is particularly difficult to attain higher social status in Germany. Why is that, how should we tackle the issue and how the German situation differs from the situation in North America? At a conference organised by Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung several experts and politicians tried to find answers to these questions. more»


Bosnia and Herzegovina: Where is the Civil Society Voice?

- October 7, 2010 - The journey from Sarajevo to Budapest was longer than intended after the October 3rd general elections in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH). The mood of the BiH passengers reflected more or less the mood of the country – is BiH going to make political progress? Elmina Kulasic more»


Peace and Security for All

- March 23, 2010 - In this publication the Gunda Werner Institute in the Heinrich Böll Foundation presents a detailed position paper to contribute to the international debate on peace and security policy. The paper is based on a 2006 discussion paper, which has been extensively up-dated and revised. more»
Catherine Ashton

Policy Paper

The European External Action Service – One Step Forward, Two Steps Back?

- April 20, 2010 - The Treaty of Lisbon represents another attempt in the history of EU integration to tap the potential of the EU in external relations as well as in other fields.  However, it stops short of taking the ultimate step: The member states have not consented to a communitization of foreign and security policy.  Instead, a complicated new structure was adopted which leaves much to be desired and creates new areas for friction. Franziska Brantner more»


The current nonproliferation debate in the light of bilateral nuclear deals

- March 24, 2010 - As we are approaching the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, hopes for a positive outcome are high. While the Obama Administration’s actions do support this prospect, there is a possibility that bilaterally concluded nuclear deals set the treaty in danger. Philipp Bleckmann more»


Global Zero or Nuclear Anarchy?

- March 8, 2010 - Japan has been the only country in the world that suffered from a nuclear attack. Today, security and stability in Asia are at risk because of a potential nuclear arms race from the Persian Gulf to North Korea.


London Conference and Pakistan

- February 8, 2010 - "In the post-London scenario, caution becomes even more necessary; if the international community wants to try the dialogue option, it shall have to lower the temperature by scaling down combat operations." by Imtiaz Gul more»

Policy Paper

What Europe Can Do for Iraq: A Blueprint for Action

- October 7, 2010 - At a time when the Obama administration is pressing NATO allies to do more in Afghanistan, should Europeans devote resources to support stabilization and reconstruction efforts in Iraq? Justin Vaisse and Sebastian Gräfe more»


Afghanistan on the Eve of the London Conference

- January 12, 2010
"Nine years after 9/11 and all the blood and treasure expended on efforts in the region, President Barack Obama told People magazine on January 11 that 'the border region between Afghanistan and Pakistan remains the epicenter of al’ Qaeda, their leadership and their extremist allies.'" By Ahmed Rashid more»

Publication series

Pakistan - Reality, Denial and the Complexity of its State

- December 28, 2009
This publication is designed to provide a differentiated view of Pakistan’s complex political processes and social challenges to a broad international audience. Authors from a variety of disciplines present their analyses of Pakistan’s deficits and shortcomings, as well as their ideas and visions for a more democratic and peaceful future. more»

Panel Discussion

A New Start in Transatlantic Relations - The View from the Czech EU Presidency. An Address by H.E. Karel Schwarzenberg, Foreign Minister of the Czech Republic

- February 9, 2009
With a new American president and administration now in office, an opportunity has arisen for revitalizing the transatlantic partnership. In his remarks, Czech Foreign Minister Schwarzenberg offered thoughts on new priorities and approaches to U.S. - Europe relations, including on dealing with the challenges posed by the Middle East, Afghanistan, Russia and questions such as energy security and coping with climate change.

Panel Discussion

Economic Crisis, Political Rebound? The State of the European Union in 2009

- June 11, 2009
In the largest transnational elections ever, millions of voters across the 27 nations of the European Union (EU) went to the polls from June 4-7 to elect the 736 members of the European parliament. These elections will kick off an intense political season for the EU, which will include the appointment of a new EU commission and a final vote on the Lisbon Treaty in Ireland later this year. more»

Publication Series

Promoting Democracy under Conditions of State Fragility

- December 2007
Afghanistan faces an acute crisis with three inter-related dimensions: insurgency, opium, and dissatisfaction with the government and its international backers. Sustainable solutions to these challenges all require a long-term commitment to improved governance in Afghanistan. By Hamish Nixon more»


What Europe Can Do for Iraq: A Blueprint for Action

- April 2009
President Obama has approached the European Union to become more active in Iraq, and the EU itself has expressed interested to re-engage. But what can, and what should, Europe do? And how shall this be articulated with the American effort? By Justin Vaisse & Sebastian Gräfe more»
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