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„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...

ZIF, IPI and EUISS co-host Second Workshop on UN-EU Partnerships

07.05.2018. Together with the International Peace Institute (IPI) and the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS), ZIF co-hosted the second workshop on the next set of priorities for the UN-EU Strategic Partnership on Peacekeeping and Crisis Management on 27 April in New York, in cooperation with...

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...