• World Map of Peace Operations 2017/2018

    World Map of Peace Operations 2017/2018

    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.
  • 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

ZIF and EUISS co-host Workshop on EU-UN Partnerships

16.03.2018. Together with European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and in cooperation with the European External Action Service’s Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD) and the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security in Brussels (UNLOPS), ZIF co-hosted a brainstorming...

ZIF hosted „UN-CMCoord Course for the Middle East” in Berlin

14.03.2018. From 25 February to 2 March 2018 ZIF hosted the “UN-CMCoord Course for the Middle East” in Berlin. 28 participants from different UN and EU humanitarian agencies, governmental organisations and military personnel attended this course.UN-CMCoord courses are organized and developed by the United...

Download, customize, save time: ENTRi offers free Training Packages to support training providers

06.03.2018. Europe's New Training Initiative on Civilian Crisis Management, better known as ENTRi, is putting all efforts into producing very hands-on, helpful tools to improve training for and working in crisis management mission.Now, they are proudly presenting FREE training packages for trainers to be...

"We can’t leave footprints that last if we only walk on tiptoes": NATO Special Representative Clare Hutchinson on the "Women, Peace and Security" agenda during ZIF workshop

26.02.2018. On 12 and 13 February 2018 the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) together with the Federal Foreign Office hosted a workshop on the implementation of the “Children and Armed Conflict” (CAAC) and “Women, Peace and Security” (WPS) agendas of the UN Security Council. The 2018 workshop...

Lunch Briefing about the Future of the United Nations

26.02.2018. On February 22 Michael von der Schulenburg presented his recent book „On Building Peace: Rescuing the Nation-State and Saving the United Nations“ at ZIF. It is based on the author’s vast experience in field missions of the OSCE and, in particular, the UN in Haiti, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq,...

Federal Foreign Minister visits Mitrovica and meets EULEX German civilian experts

22.02.2018. It was a special day for Katja Dominik, Head of Executive Division at EULEX Kosovo, and her police colleague Sylvia von Wlkanowa, head of the German EULEX contingent: on Friday, February 16, Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Sigmar Gabriel came to Mitrovica as part of his visit to Serbia and...

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