• New video: ENTRi - briefly explained

    New video: ENTRi - briefly explained

    Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management (ENTRi) are 12 European training institutions working for improving human security in areas where crisis management missions are deployed. They offer a huge range of courses and training material for free. We are part of it. Watch this video.
  • The African Standby Capacity: the world's first continental civilian roster for peace operations

    The African Standby Capacity: the world's first continental civilian roster for peace operations

    The African Standby Capacity is a continental civilian roster and candidates are invited to apply. But how? A new video reveals it. We're proud partners of this project.
  • ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Portuguese

    ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Portuguese

    Are you getting ready for a crisis management mission or already working in the field? The ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL is now available for download in Portuguese.
  • Duty of Care

    Duty of Care

    ZIF supports the development of a common understanding and approach to implement the Duty of Care to seconded civilian personnel in multilateral peace operations. The Voluntary Guidelines on the Duty of Care to Seconded Civilian Personnel have just been published – a guide for seconding and staff-receiving organizations.
  • Concept | Civilian Expert

    Concept | Civilian Expert

    The concept Civilian Expert lays out ZIF's expectations towards civilian experts in international peace operations and defines the basis of its training philosophy.
  • Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    What exactly do civilian experts do? The following brief profiles provide some answers.
  • Election Observation

    Election Observation

    In 2015, German election observers were active in Turkey, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria or Albania, amongst others. Additional EU and OSCE missions are in preparation. ZIF has been the central point of recruitment for German election observers since 2002.
  • Comprehensive Approach

    Comprehensive Approach

    The Comprehensive Approach is a core principle of German foreign and security policy. ZIF coordinates the German Training Partner Platform in cooperation with the military and the police and contributes conceptually through the Working Group on the Comprehensive Approach.
  • Training


    Peace needs professionals. Aside from a high degree of personal commitment, working in crisis regions requires adequate preparation and qualification. ZIF offers a variety of core and specialization courses.
  • Peace Operations Update

    Peace Operations Update

    ZIF compiles a weekly press review on developments in conflict regions. View the interactive world map here on the website or subscribe to our weekly electronic newsletter.

ZIF News

Second Peer Coaching „Mediation and Diplomacy“ for Heads of Delegations of the European External Action Service (EEAS)

19.09.2018. On 10 and 11 September, ZIF in close cooperation with the unit "Prevention of conflict, Rule of law/SSR, Integrated approach, Stabilisation and Mediation" (PRISM) within the European External Action Service (EEAS) conducted a Peer Coaching "Mediation and Diplomacy" for heads of...

DSRSG De Clercq of UNSOM in Berlin

17.09.2018. On Wednesday, September 12, ZIF hosted an exclusive roundtable discussion with the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Somalia, Mr. Peter de Clercq. Mr. de Clercq spoke about current developments in the country and in the UN mission, such as security, past and future...

New Mediation Potential Analysis Tool: Mediation Potential Screening - a joint publication by ZIF, CSSP and inmedio Berlin

06.09.2018. A new publication in the field of peace mediation deals with entry points for mediation interventions in international peace processes. The so-called „Mediation Potential Screening“ constitutes a decision tree developed jointly by ZIF, CSSP-Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation and inmedio Berlin...

Peace Mediation Retreat with the Federal Foreign Office

06.09.2018. Following this year’s annual Ambassadors' Conference of the Federal Foreign Office, ZIF gathered 16 high-ranking German diplomats for the Mediation Retreat Liebenberg 2.0.On 30 and 31 August, alumni of the last three editions of the "Peer Coaching Mediation and Diplomacy" events...

ZIF kompakt on “Action for Peacekeeping”

23.08.2018. A new ZIF kompakt discusses the latest reform initiative of the UN Secretary-General – Action for Peacekeeping (A4P). The concepts contained in A4P are not new, but the initiative attempts to raise the political profile of previous reform efforts so that Heads of State invest some real political...

How Populism could affect EU missions

14.08.2018. In a new opinion piece for EUobserver, Tobias Pietz comments on the recent political pressure on Operation Sophia by the Italian Minister of Interior and what that could mean for other EU missions. Unfortunately, instead of arguing against such pressure, it seems as if the EU and some member states...

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