• New Website "Missions & Mandates"

    New Website "Missions & Mandates"

    What are peace operations doing worldwide? Our new interactive website presents the tasks of international peace operations of the UN, EU, OSCE, AU and NATO.
  • ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Arabic

    ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Arabic

    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 Arabic.
  • New Glossary "Missions & Mandates"

    New Glossary "Missions & Mandates"

    Our new glossary "Missions & Mandates. What Peace Operations Do" provides brief descriptions of the 23 most common areas of activity of international peace operations.
  • World Map Peace Operations 2018/2019

    World Map Peace Operations 2018/2019

    Our map offers a comprehensive overview of the peace operations deployed by the UN, EU, AU, OSCE, and other organizations. Available online and as on paper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

Others talk about it - we do it: In its core course, ZIF focuses on the “comprehensive approach”

07.12.2018. 21 participants, 6 nations, one approach: civilian experts train together with police officers and military in the ZIF core course "Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations" (CGTPO). The fourth course of this kind took place from 15-22 November in Berlin and prepared the...

ZIF at Challenges Annual Forum 2018

04.12.2018. This year’s Annual Forum of the International Forum for the Challenges of Peace Operations (Challenges Forum) took place on 28-29 November 2018 in Saltsjöbaden (Sweden), hosted by the Folke Bernadotte Academy and the Swedish Armed Forces. The Forum focused on strengthening the effectiveness of the...

ZIF co-hosts Launch of UN-EU Priorities 2019-2021

02.12.2018. Under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, together with the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS) in Brussels, and in cooperation with the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), the...

Two new board positions held by ZIF members

30.11.2018. Today, Friday 30.11.2018, the Beirat für Fragen der Inneren Führung der Bundeswehr meets for ist constitutive session. For the new term ZIF’s Deputy Executive Director and Head of Analysis is part of the board. The Advisory Board consists of 22 members and six permanent guests. It is an independent...

SWP „Point of View“ on Civilian CSDP Compact

29.11.2018. On 19 November 2018, EU foreign ministers adopted the Civilian CSDP Compact. Although the process as such was a necessary step, Tobias Pietz (ZIF) and Judith Vorrath (SWP) argue in this “Point of View” that the Compact falls short of putting EU civilian crisis management on a new footing. New and...

Constitution of new ZIF supervisory board

21.11.2018. On 19 November 2018 the new supervisory board of ZIF for the 19th legislative period of the German Bundestag was constituted. The supervisory board is a body of control stipulated by the statutes of ZIF, which advises and approves the actions of the executive board. All federal ministries with whom...

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