All Strengthening Democracy Content

All Strengthening Democracy Content

A Transatlantic Perspective on Disinformation


What are disinformation campaigns? And how do they impact democratic societies? We talked to David Salvo and Bret Schafer, two leading experts in the field, to find out more.

By Jonas Heering

Confronting the Past and the Present: Student Voices from UVA


Current UVA students on the violent white supremacist rally last summer and the lasting impact it had on campus. 

By Nicole Johnson

UVA Documentary Theater - Ali


UVA student Ali reflects on the events of August 11th and 12th, 2017, in this personal documentary theater piece.

By Ali Cheraghpour

UVA Documentary Theater - Geri


Charlottesville community member Geri reflects on the events of August 11th and 12th, 2017, in this documentary theater piece by UVA student Savannah. 

By Savannah Hard

What is a Citizens' Assembly?


Since 2016, The Republic of Ireland has used a citizens' assembly to engage the Irish public in government decision-making. But what exactly is a citizen’s assembly, and how do they work?

By Ian Goodrich

The Power of Imagery

Student Project

Persuasive propaganda requires powerful imagery. UVA students worked with photographer Marc Erwin Babej to create their own propaganda-like images.

By Nicole Johnson

‘Fake News’ Fights Back

Transatlantic Media Fellowship

Russian disinformation. A government attacking the media. A populace deeply skeptical of it. These Slovak journalists had seen it all — and decided to do something about it.

By Emily Tamkin

Achtung! Voter Suppression is Coming to Europe


With an upcoming Supreme Court decision on partisan gerrymandering, new voter ID laws around the country, and increased rhetoric about voter fraud, the topic of voter suppression is at the forefront of the US national debate.

By Andrea Sandbrink

“Representation is power.”- Interview with Ruben Gonzales


Across the US, progressive Americans are looking for ways to engage in civil resistance and defend progressive legislation. The Victory Institute and its associated Fund identify, train and support members of the LGBTQ community to run for office. We spoke with Ruben Gonzales, Vice President of the Leadership Initiatives at the Victory Institute.

By Sophia Oster, Ruben Gonzales

Civic Charter

Repression of civil society is on the rise all over the world. The charter aims to support civil society organizations as activists throughout the world, to advocate for their rights and freedom of action, and to demand government guarantees.

The Return of Repression

Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung President Barbara Unmüssig on the ever-shrinking spaces for civil society and what it means for democratic governance around the world.

By Barbara Unmüßig

The Last Colony: Puerto Rico’s Need for a United Voice

We asked Noel Quiñones, an AfroBoricua activist, writer, and poet from the Bronx, New York for his thoughts on the Puerto Rican debt crisis, independence, and the upcoming Presidential elections on the mainland. He responded with this poem and accompanying article. To read the original German-language version of this piece in our US-Elections blog, "Route 16," click here

By Noel Quiñones

Democracy, Democratization and Climate Change

Relationships between democracy and more particularly democratization on the one side and climate change and responses to that on the other are underexplored in the two literatures on democratization and climate change. A special issue of the journal DEMOCRATIZATION, with contributions by several Heinrich Böll Foundation authors, explores a variety of facets of this complex and interdependent relationship.