• 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.
  • NEW! World Map of Peace Operations 2015/2016

    NEW! World Map of Peace Operations 2015/2016

    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

Second ZIF Core Course Peace Operations of 2016 completed

23.09.2016. On September 17, ZIF’s core course peace operations, a course that prepares experts for deployment to peace operations, came to an end.For this course, ZIF selected a group of 19 participants from Germany, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Ukraine, and Libya, who engaged in an intensive exchange on topics such...

OCHA-Training course “Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme" (PREP) from 21 to 26 August in Berlin

07.09.2016. From 21 to 26 August 2016 ZIF hosted the third OCHA-Training “Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme” (PREP) in Berlin. 24 participants from different local humanitarian agencies, OCHA´s Stand-by Partner organizations, international humanitarian NGOs, UN- and EU-humanitarian agencies and...

ZIF offers training for African Standby Capacity Roster Focal Points in Harare

29.08.2016. The African Union currently establishes the African Standby Capacity (ASC) - a civilian pool of experts for peace operations. ZIF supports this historic initiative in cooperation with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ).ZIF conducted the training for African Standby...

An exchange on par | Mediation Peer Coaching

23.08.2016. 15 German ambassadors and directors of the German Federal Foreign Office met with five leading figures in international peace mediation for an interactive peer coaching.Former Finnish President and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Martti Ahtisaari, Robert Dann (Chief, Mediation Support Unit, UN DPA) as...

ZIF Policy Briefing | Humanitarian Action and Peace Operations

27.07.2016. Humanitarian actors and peace operations struggle to keep pace with the growing demands of humanitarian crises, necessitating greater coherence and engagement. Yet, humanitarian actors and peace operations co-exist in an uneasy relationship – working toward shared objectives with at times...

High-Level Seminar on Peacekeeping in Brussels

15.07.2016. Together with the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security (UNLOPS) and the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), on July 13 ZIF assembled various European Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to UN peacekeeping operations in Brussels to share their experiences and...

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