Middle East/North Africa

Middle East & North Africa

The Heinrich Böll Foundation is represented in the region Middle East and North Africa with a total of five offices in Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Beirut, Tunis and Rabat. From there, it supports partner projects in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Tunisia and Morocco. The Iran program and the Egyptian work of the foundation are controlled from Berlin. Here you will find articles, podcasts and publications as well as current events.

Opening Speech: Towards Accountability for International Crimes in Syria


A coalition of Syrian civil society, activists and lawyers have filed criminal complaints in Germany against some high-ranking Syrian officials under the principle of universal jurisdiction. A first step towards justice for the victims and survivors of all crimes committed in Syria.

By Barbara Unmüßig

At the core of the war in Syria

No matter how complex and religiously driven the conflict in Syria may seem, its basic constellation is this: A regime with powerful allies wages a war of annihilation against wide parts of its own population. How could it get to this point? And what is the very least we can do?

By Bente Scheller

Focal points


Since 2017, the Heinrich Böll Foundation has been supporting the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) with more than 50 survivors of Syria's human rights crimes, "to counter the violence in Syria with the language of law".

The International Arrest Warrant for the Head of the Syrian Air Force Intelligence Service in June 2018 is a first great success for our project partners and an important sign that human rights crimes are not without consequences for the perpetrators.

"The Oranges in Europe taste better"

There are many reasons to migrate: This publication provides a forum for scientists from Pakistan, Somalia and El Salvador, people, who had to flee from Syria, Burundi and Malawi as well as migrants and activists from Niger and Senegal to emphasise how little we know about "causes of migration and flight". 

Paradise lost? Developing solutions to Irans environmental crisis


The greatest threat facing the Islamic Republic of Iran today is not political, nor economic, but environmental. This report takes stock of the urgent environmental crisis, and assesses the capabilities of civil society and the Iranian authorities to develop and implement effective solutions.

Perspectives Middle East #10: Borders - Lines in the Sand or in the Mind?


While the privileged few may cross legitimately by simply presenting their passport, for most, borders present difficult if not insurmountable hurdles. Furthermore there are plenty of other lines of division: social, ethnic, religious and ideological. Any border is a painful memory of the fact that it is not an individual’s choice to define which side he or she is on.

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All issues of Perspectives

Perspectives is a collection of political analysis and commentary from the Middle East and North Africa. It aims to provide a platform to authors in the region. All publications are in English.


The Middle East & North Africa Update will notify you at the latest once a month about topics, dossiers and events from the region.


In our blog (German), Heinrich von Arabien, our office managers in the Middle East and North Africa are writing alternately.

Our team in Berlin

Our work in the Middle East and North Africa

In the Middle East and North Africa region, the Heinrich Böll Foundation maintains offices in Beirut, Ramallah, Tel Aviv, and Tunis, and there are co-operation projects in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Jordan, Israel, Egypt, and Tunisia. Our Iran activities are coordinated from Berlin.

Office Beirut - Lebanon, Syria, Iraq

The Beirut regional office, established in 2004, works with partner organisations in Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq. Main programme areas are statehood and participation, conflict management and international politics, environmental justice, as well as culture and dialogue.

Office Ramallah - Palestine, Jordan

Our office in Ramallah aims to promote democracy and make contributions to regional conflict management. To achieve this we work with civil society actors, universities, think tanks, and young activists.

Office Tel Aviv - Israel

Our Israel office in Tel Aviv, established in 1998, is a continuation of programmes that began in 1992. The office aims to promote Israeli democracy, debates about the Middle East conflict, and exchanges and dialogue between Israel and Germany.

Office Tunis - Tunesia

In reaction to the Arab Spring the Foundation decided to expand its programmes to North Africa and, in the summer of 2012, began to establish a new office in Tunis which opened in May 2013.

Office Rabat - Morroco

The office Heinrich Böll Foundation in Rabat, Morocco was founded in 2014 and works on the subjects of ecology and sustainability as well as democratization.