• ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL now available as App!

    ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL now available as App!

    Are you getting ready for a crisis management mission or already working in the field? The ENTRi handbook "IN CONTROL" is now available as webbased app for download and offers hands-on information and practical advice for everyday life and work in the field as well as background information on crisis management structures in international organizations.
  • NEW! World Map of Peace Operations 2015/2016

    NEW! World Map of Peace Operations 2015/2016

    Fresh off the press: The new world map of peace operations is available in English and German and provides you with the latest information and numbers.
  • Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    What exactly do civilian experts do? The following brief profiles provide some answers.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Rule of Law

    Rule of Law

    Promoting the rule of law is a vital task of peace operations. ZIF’s goal is to train personnel properly and to bring together key players in fields such as anti-corruption policy and Islamic law.

Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

Human rights officers with the UN Mission in South Sudan, political advisors for the EUPOL Mission in Afghanistan, or election experts in Haiti: The Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) is Germany’s central point of reference for civilian expertise. On behalf of the Federal Government of Germany and the Bundestag, ZIF recruits and trains German civilian personnel for international peace operations and election observation missions and offers information and advice to national and international decision makers.

ZIF News

ZIF Workshop: Stabilization Instruments Revisited

24.10.2016. On October 19th, 2016, the Center for International Peace Operations organized the one-day workshop Stabilization Instruments Revisited: Increasing the Likelihood of Positive Impact in Berlin. The workshop was part of the PeaceLab 2016, a process that seeks to foster debate between stakeholders...

After Work Briefing | DR Congo: Stabilization in Crisis

19.10.2016. In September 2016, protests against an extension of the Congolese President’s mandate escalated. On September 19, dozens died during a demonstration in the capital Kinshasa. Since the beginning of the year, oppositional activists came under increasing pressure, and employees of international...

An exchange with partners: Trilateral Meeting

26.09.2016. Our Swedish and Finnish partner institutions – Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA) operating from Stockholm and Sandö, and the Kuopio-based Crisis Management Centre (CMC) – once again joined us for what has become a firm and cherished tradition: the so-called trilateral meeting.The directors and heads...

New ZIF Map Peace Operations 2016/2017

26.09.2016. This map offers a comprehensive overview of the peace operations deployed by the UN, EU, AU, OSCE, and other organizations. A comparison with last year’s edition shows broadly stable numbers worldwide, with a minor decrease in the number of military and police personnel and a slight increase in...

Second ZIF Core Course Peace Operations of 2016 completed

23.09.2016. On September 17, ZIF’s core course peace operations, a course that prepares experts for deployment to peace operations, came to an end.For this course, ZIF selected a group of 19 participants from Germany, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and Libya, who engaged in an intensive exchange on topics such...

OCHA-Training course “Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme" (PREP) from 21 to 26 August in Berlin

07.09.2016. From 21 to 26 August 2016 ZIF hosted the third OCHA-Training “Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme” (PREP) in Berlin. 24 participants from different local humanitarian agencies, OCHA´s Stand-by Partner organizations, international humanitarian NGOs, UN- and EU-humanitarian agencies and...

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