• 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

African Standby Capacity Annual Coordination Meeting

24.06.2016. The Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) participated in the Annual Coordination Meeting of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) which took place in Accra, Ghana, from June 8-10, 2016. The coordination meeting was scheduled one year after the inauguration of the ASC – the civilian standby...

Conference Announcement: The OSCE as Mediator: Instruments - Challenges - Potentials

15.06.2016. On 6 July 2016, the German OSCE Chairmanship 2016 will host a conference in Berlin on peace mediation organized by the German Federal Foreign Office and the Initiative Mediation Support Deutschland (IMSD).Mediation as an important instrument of the OSCE within the conflict cycle has been...

Interesting discussion on election observation

13.06.2016. Question: “What is OSCE election observation there for?” Answer: “To legitimize rigged elections.” Counter question: “And that’s about it?” Response: “Well, maybe not really…” This dialogue and many further interesting and challenging issues were part of a conversation ZIF had with 15 Eastern...

International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers

29.05.2016. Today is the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers which is celebrated each year on May 29th. The Day offers a chance to pay tribute to the Blue Helmets' invaluable contribution to the work of the Organization and to honour more than 3,400 peacekeepers who have lost their lives...

Clearing of the Decks After a Year of Reviews: Operationalizing Peace Operations Reform

20.05.2016. The second half of 2015 saw the publication of the reports concluding a series of parallel UN review processes aimed at tackling new, as well as old but persistent, challenges: The report of the High-Level Independent Panel on United Nations Peace Operations (HIPPO), the report of the Advisory...

Interview on the "Kigali Principles"

18.05.2016. Just recently the USA have signed the Kigali Principles on the Protection of Civilians. They are a set of non-binding pledges for the effective implementation of the protection of civilians in UN peacekeeping. On this occasion, ZIF Research Fellow Alischa Kugel gave an interview to BBC World...

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