• 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.
  • 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

How Populism could affect EU missions

14.08.2018. In a new opinion piece for EUobserver, Tobias Pietz comments on the recent political pressure on Operation Sophia by the Italian Minister of Interior and what that could mean for other EU missions. Unfortunately, instead of arguing against such pressure, it seems as if the EU and some member states...

How to apply for the African Standby Capacity? Infofilm on the world's first continental civilian personnel roster for peace operations

09.08.2018. Seven out of 14 United Nations peacekeeping missions operate on the African continent. But the African Union and its regional organizations are also increasingly involved in the field of peace and security on the continent by authorizing and mandating peace missions. The AU operates the largest...

How a Focus on Migration Could Weaken the EU’s Crisis Management Missions: Op-Ed for World Politics Review

07.08.2018. In an article for World Politics Review, Tobias Pietz, Deputy Head of ZIF’s Analysis Division argues that the repurposing of missions under the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) to work on issues such as migration control and border management could weaken these missions in the long...

ZIF roundtable with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger

17.07.2018. On 11 July 2018 ZIF hosted an exclusive roundtable discussion with Ambassador Dr. Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Mr. Greminger has been appointed Secretary General of the OSCE in July 2017 and has launched the encompassing...

ZIF hosts two OCHA workshops in Berlin: Humanitarian Programme Cycle and Community of Practice Event

09.07.2018. From June 24 to 29, ZIF hosted two of UN OCHA`s Expert Workshops in Berlin: “Community of Practice Event (COPE)” and “Humanitarian Programme Cycle” (HPC).The “Community of Practice Event (COPE)” on information management in humanitarian crises brought together 43 data experts from field...

For a gender perspective in SSR - a must! PeaceLab-Blogpost by ZIF's Nicola Popovic

09.07.2018. How to better integrate a gender perspective in security sector reform strategies, agendas, and projects - this question is at the heart of a blogpost by ZIF project leader on Women, Peace and Security / UNSCR 1325, Nicola Popovic. Together with Frient colleague Julie Brethfeld, she is arguing for...

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