• 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.
  • 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.
  • ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in French

    ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in French

    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 French.
  • 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.
  • 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.

ZIF News

International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers: ZIF interviews UN SRSG Gamba and hosts international workshop on Children and Armed Conflict

12.02.2018. Together with the Federal Foreign Office, ZIF hosts an international 2-day workshop on Children and Armed Conflicts & Women, Peace and Security. We are proud that a multitude of participants join the discussion, amongst them representatives of the UN, the crisis group and several NGOs.UN...

ZIF hosts „DSRSG Dialogue Series“

09.02.2018. From 8 to 9 February 2018, ZIF hosted the annual dialogue series with Deputy Special Representatives of the Secretary-General (DSRSGs) of UN Peace Operations in cooperation with the United Nations System Staff College (UNSCC) and supported by the Federal Foreign Office.This year’s expert dialogue...

Latest ZIF kompakt reviews the Cruz report on casualties in UN missions

07.02.2018. In the latest ZIF kompakt Andreas Wittkowsky reviews the Cruz report, which analyzes casualties due to malicious acts in UN missions. More than 90% of all fatalities are military personnel, i.e. blue helmets. The report urges the UN to overcome defensive posture, to dominate the environment of UN...

ZIF Policy Briefing: Quo Vadis Civilian CSDP?

06.02.2018. The European Union’s Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) follows two separate tracks, military and civilian. While 2017 saw a lot of momentum in the military realm, 2018 could become the year of civilian CSDP, as many initiatives are under way to strengthen its missions and to foster the...

Aerial imagery interpretation for the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine: pilot-workshop at the Aerial Imagery Interpretation Centre of the German Air Force

25.01.2018. From 27 November to 15 December the Aerial Imagery Interpretation Centre of the German Air Force implemented the pilot-workshop "Imagery Analysis for the OSCE SMM Ukraine". Aim of the workshop was to strengthen the OSCE’s capacities in analysis and interpretation in aerial photographs. It...

Rule of Law Course 2017

03.01.2018. ZIF facilitated a training course on "Rule of Law Toolbox for Crisis Management and Peace Operations: Concepts, Practices and Trends" in Berlin from 1 to 8 December 2017. Fifteen experts from seven countries with diverse professional backgrounds participated in the course.The course...

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