• 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

International Network Meeting on Women, Peace and Security

12.04.2018. Over the past two days (9./10.4.), over 150 representatives of different governments, regional and international organizations and civil society from over 80 countries met for this year’s Women, Peace and Security Focal Point Network meeting in Berlin. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas opened...

ZIF visits experts at NATO and EUMM positions in Georgia

28.03.2018. From 20-23 March, ZIF visited its seconded experts in positions at the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM), the NATO Liaison Office (LO) and the Defence Institution Building School (DIBS) in Georgia. ZIF met with the Head of the NATO LO, the Director of the DIBS as well as with partners at EUMM...

"Core Course" turns into "Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations" (CGTPO): Civilian Experts and Police Officers undergo joint Training for deployment to peace operations

28.03.2018. Until now, ZIF's so called "Core Course" provided prospective members of the ZIF expert roster with insights into the work of UN, OSCE and EU peace operations and the professional, personal, social and methodological competences required to work in such an environment.Recently, ZIF, in...

Joint ZIF and UN Facilitated Forum for UN staff in in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

22.03.2018. Together with UN colleagues from New York, ZIF conducted a "Facilitated Forum" on the border between DRC and Tanzania from 27 February to 02 March. The Forum targeted staff in the Kalemie field office of the UN Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). The objective of the Forum was to jointly...

ZIF, AA and FES hosted an event on "Perspectives for Afghanistan. Progress, Lessons Learned and Challenges Ahead"

21.03.2018. This week, Afghanistan once again took center stage in political Berlin. The German Bundestag adopted the renewal of the mandate of the NATO Resolute Support Mission and increased the ceiling for the German troop contribution to 1,300.At the same time, the German government presented a...

ZIF and EUISS co-host Workshop on EU-UN Partnerships

16.03.2018. Together with European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) and in cooperation with the European External Action Service’s Crisis Management and Planning Directorate (CMPD) and the United Nations Liaison Office for Peace and Security in Brussels (UNLOPS), ZIF co-hosted a brainstorming...

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