• 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.
  • World Map of Peace Operations 2016/2017

    World Map of Peace Operations 2016/2017

    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 engages in knowledge transfer on civilian capacities for Serbian authorities

01.12.2016. On November 24th and 25th 2016, ZIF participated in the workshop „Civilians in Multilateral Missions“ in Serbia, organized by the International and Security Affairs Center (ISAC) from Belgrade. The workshop aimed at brainstorming possible approaches on how Serbia could strengthen its civilian...

Joint Training on Mediating in International Conflicts by ZIF and Berghof Foundation

18.11.2016. ZIF organized in cooperation with Berghof Foundation a training on mediating in international conflicts from November 6 to 11, 2016. The focus of the training was on mediation processes on track I level, which are initiated after a ceasefire has been agreed.The preparation and conduct of...

Election Observation in the Franconian Rhön: Role-players of ZIF supported a training of military observers for UN-Missions conducted by the UN Training Center of the German Armed Force in Hammelburg

10.11.2016. „Is everything going according to plan? Can the elections take place? What about security?”, Mechthild Henneke and Reinhold Osterhus ask the captain of the Columbian Air Forces nagging questions. They are sitting in a gym in the Upper Franconian village of Rödelmaier, however within the reality of...

After Work Briefing | Mediation Support in West Africa

09.11.2016. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has a history of active preventive diplomacy and mediation, including an effective response mechanism. In its efforts to institutionalize the processes and mechanisms for conflict prevention, management and response, Member States adopted the...

Training of Trainers - Integrating a Gender Perspective in Training

03.11.2016. From October 26-27, Germany’s Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) conducted a Training of Trainers (ToT) entitled “The Integration of a Gender Perspective in Trainings on Civilian Crisis Management.” Integrating a gender perspective into each and every training aimed at preparing...

ZIF at the Belgrade Security Forum – knowledge transfer on civilian capacities for international peace operations

27.10.2016. ZIF participated in the Belgrade Security Forum from the 12th to the 14th of October and discussed with representatives from Slovenia, Croatia and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) the question of „Enhancing the Participation of Civilian Experts from Southeastern European...

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