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German government celebrates Peacekeepers' Day 2018: three ZIF experts rewarded

27.06.2018. On June 26, 2018, nine German peacekeepers with experience in Afghanistan, the DR Congo, Mali, Niger, Kosovo, Syria, the Mediterranean and Iraq have been rewarded for their commitment and contribution to international peace operations. They stand for over 3.000 German civilian experts, police and...

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...

ZIF hosts UN OCHA training on “Coordinated Assessment and Information Management”

06.06.2018. From May 27 to June 1, 2018 ZIF hosted the “Coordinated Assessment and Information Management Training” in Berlin. The course has been developed and conducted by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). OCHA is the UN's implementing organization responsible for...

29th of May: International Day of UN Peacekeepers

29.05.2018. Every year on May 29, the UN commemorates and honors its uniformed and civilian peacekeeping personnel. Around 100.000 staff is working in peacekeeping operations worldwide, committed to peace and stability. But their work is hard and challenging. 129 peacekeepers have lost their lives serving...

ZIF trains future long-term election observers (LTOs) in Berlin

28.05.2018. On Friday, May 4, the annual ZIF Long-Term Election Observation Course, which took place on the outskirts of Berlin, came to a successful end. During the one-week course, German short-term election observers (STOs) trained together with international colleagues for future deployments as long-term...

ENTRi briefly explained

22.05.2018. Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management (ENTRi) is a consortium of 12 European training institutions to broaden its scope of activities geared towards improving human security in crisis-prone areas where crisis management missions are deployed.The ENTRi Secretariat is...

ZIF joins Viking 18 in Sweden

08.05.2018. 2,500 participants from 50 countries and 35 organizations – from April 16 to April 26 the exercise Viking 18 took place simultaneously at six sites worldwide. The exercise has been co-organized by the Swedish Armed Forces and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA). Two staff members and several experts...