• 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.
  • 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

New ZIF Policy Briefing on Mediation

21.06.2018. Germany has long recognized the importance of civilian crisis management and has supported the enhancement of relevant instruments. Thus far, Germany’s engagement in mediation has focused primarily on support functions, such as capacity development of and financial support for international...

PeaceByPeace-Podcast by ZIF on the future of peace mediation

20.06.2018. Mediation being one of our topics at heart, ZIF offers not only courses and coachings on peace mediation but also Policy Briefings and strategic contributions. Most recently, ZIF executive director Almut Wieland-Karimi and head of Mediation Taskforce at ZIF, Sebastian Dworack, were interviewed...

Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations - Civilian experts and police officers train for their future assignments to peace operations

20.06.2018. From 24 May to 8 June, prospective members of the ZIF expert pool, police officers and international civilian experts took part in the "Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations" (CGTPO). This training is ZIF’s former core course that was further developed in cooperation with the...

Annual meeting of ZIF’s International Advisory Board

20.06.2018. The annual meeting of ZIF’s International Advisory Board took place in Berlin on June 11 and 12, 2018.After a discussion of ZIF’s activities, an exchange with Dr. Thomas Bagger, Director-General for Foreign Affairs at the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany, took place....

„Time to stand up“: Germany’s opportunity to play at the highest level of global crisis management

11.06.2018. In a Blog article for Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi)`s PEACELAB, Tanja Bernstein, Senior Analyst in ZIF’s Analysis Division, discusses Germany’s election on 8 June to the UN Security Council as a nonpermanent member for the period 2019-2020, and how it can best use its seat to make a mark...

„Growing amongst big powers“ - ZIF comments on today's election of the non-permanent UN Security Council members, Germany being one of them

08.06.2018. Today, Friday June 8, the General Assembly of the United Nations will elect five new nonpermanent members of the Security Council. Germany’s bid is uncontested. In an opinion piece on ZEIT Online, Tanja Bernstein, Senior Analyst in ZIF’s Analysis Division, discusses Germany’s election to the UN...

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