• 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

New ZIF Policy Briefing: Operationalizing Conflict Prevention

24.03.2017. When incoming UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres was asked what his top priorities would be during his tenure, his response to journalists was clear: “Prevention, prevention, prevention“. In January, Guterres announced his intention to launch a “conflict prevention platform” which would map...

ZIF contributes to Training on Peace Mediation and Mediation Support for Foreign Service Attachés

21.03.2017. As already successfully conducted last year, ZIF trained again foreign action service attachés of the German Federal Foreign Office in international peace mediation and mediation support from March 15 to 17, 2017. This activity is part of the collaborative effort of the Initiative Mediation Support...

First HEAT+ course 2017 completed

14.03.2017. From 24 February to 3 March 2017 ZIF’s first Hostile Environment Awareness Training (HEAT) of the year took place in Hammelburg. The format was HEAT+, which is a prolonged course: Participants first receive a 3-day theoretical preparation before starting the 5-day practical training at the German...

Long Term Election Observation Course 2017 in Berlin

14.03.2017. From 26 February to 3 March, ZIF held its annual Long Term Election Observation Course in Berlin – according to the participants a highly intensive week-long training. Lead trainers Hannah Roberts (front row, to the right) and Ranko Vuk?evi? (front row, to the left) prepared for the assignment as...

Peer Coaching „Mediation and Diplomacy“

07.03.2017. As part of the second Peer Coaching Mediation and Diplomacy, ten high ranking diplomats of the German Federal Foreign Office as well as members of the German Bundestag met with three leading figures in international peace mediation for an interactive peer coaching.Martin Griffiths of the European...

ZIF at the Humanitarian Networking and Partnership Week and at the Stand-By Partner Annual Consultations in Geneva

16.02.2017. From 8 to 10 February, ZIF, as one of the Stand-By Partners (SBP) of the UN Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), participated in the Humanitarian Networking and Partnership Week and SBP Annual Consultations in Geneva. ZIF's current contribution to the SBP comprises institutional...

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