• 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

ENTRi briefly explained

22.05.2018. Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management (ENTRi) is a consortium of 12 European training institutions to broaden its scope of activities geared towards improving human security in crisis-prone areas where crisis management missions are deployed.The ENTRi Secretariat is...

ZIF joints Viking 18 in Sweden

08.05.2018. 2,500 participants from 50 countries and 35 organizations – from April 16 to April 26 the exercise Viking 18 took place simultaneously at six sites worldwide. The exercise has been co-organized by the Swedish Armed Forces and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA). Two staff members and several experts...

ZIF, IPI and EUISS co-host Second Workshop on UN-EU Partnerships

07.05.2018. Together with the International Peace Institute (IPI) and the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), ZIF co-hosted the second workshop on the next set of priorities for the UN-EU Strategic Partnership on Peacekeeping and Crisis Management on 27 April in New York, in cooperation with...

International Network Meeting on Women, Peace and Security

12.04.2018. Over the past two days (9./10.4.), over 150 representatives of different governments, regional and international organizations and civil society from over 80 countries met for this year’s Women, Peace and Security Focal Point Network meeting in Berlin. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas opened...

ZIF visits experts at NATO and EUMM positions in Georgia

28.03.2018. From 20-23 March, ZIF visited its seconded experts in positions at the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM), the NATO Liaison Office (LO) and the Defence Institution Building School (DIBS) in Georgia. ZIF met with the Head of the NATO LO, the Director of the DIBS as well as with partners at EUMM...

"Core Course" turns into "Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations" (CGTPO): Civilian Experts and Police Officers undergo joint Training for deployment to peace operations

28.03.2018. Until now, ZIF's so called "Core Course" provided prospective members of the ZIF expert roster with insights into the work of UN, OSCE and EU peace operations and the professional, personal, social and methodological competences required to work in such an environment.Recently, ZIF, in...

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