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DSRSG De Clercq of UNSOM in Berlin

17.09.2018. On Wednesday, September 12, ZIF hosted an exclusive roundtable discussion with the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Somalia, Mr. Peter de Clercq. Mr. de Clercq spoke about current developments in the country and in the UN mission, such as security, past and future...

New Mediation Potential Analysis Tool: Mediation Potential Screening - a joint publication by ZIF, CSSP and inmedio Berlin

06.09.2018. A new publication in the field of peace mediation deals with entry points for mediation interventions in international peace processes. The so-called „Mediation Potential Screening“ constitutes a decision tree developed jointly by ZIF, CSSP-Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation and inmedio Berlin...

Peace Mediation Retreat with the Federal Foreign Office

06.09.2018. Following this year’s annual Ambassadors' Conference of the Federal Foreign Office, ZIF gathered 16 high-ranking German diplomats for the Mediation Retreat Liebenberg 2.0.On 30 and 31 August, alumni of the last three editions of the "Peer Coaching Mediation and Diplomacy" events...

ZIF kompakt on “Action for Peacekeeping”

23.08.2018. A new ZIF kompakt discusses the latest reform initiative of the UN Secretary-General – Action for Peacekeeping (A4P). The concepts contained in A4P are not new, but the initiative attempts to raise the political profile of previous reform efforts so that Heads of State invest some real political...

How Populism could affect EU missions

14.08.2018. In a new opinion piece for EUobserver, Tobias Pietz comments on the recent political pressure on Operation Sophia by the Italian Minister of Interior and what that could mean for other EU missions. Unfortunately, instead of arguing against such pressure, it seems as if the EU and some member states...

How to apply for the African Standby Capacity? Infofilm on the world's first continental civilian personnel roster for peace operations

09.08.2018. Seven out of 14 United Nations peacekeeping missions operate on the African continent. But the African Union and its regional organizations are also increasingly involved in the field of peace and security on the continent by authorizing and mandating peace missions. The AU operates the largest...

How a Focus on Migration Could Weaken the EU’s Crisis Management Missions: Op-Ed for World Politics Review

07.08.2018. In an article for World Politics Review, Tobias Pietz, Deputy Head of ZIF’s Analysis Division argues that the repurposing of missions under the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) to work on issues such as migration control and border management could weaken these missions in the long...

ZIF roundtable with OSCE Secretary General Thomas Greminger

17.07.2018. On 11 July 2018 ZIF hosted an exclusive roundtable discussion with Ambassador Dr. Thomas Greminger, Secretary General of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Mr. Greminger has been appointed Secretary General of the OSCE in July 2017 and has launched the encompassing...

ZIF hosts two OCHA workshops in Berlin: Humanitarian Programme Cycle and Community of Practice Event

09.07.2018. From June 24 to 29, ZIF hosted two of UN OCHA`s Expert Workshops in Berlin: “Community of Practice Event (COPE)” and “Humanitarian Programme Cycle” (HPC).The “Community of Practice Event (COPE)” on information management in humanitarian crises brought together 43 data experts from field...

For a gender perspective in SSR - a must! PeaceLab-Blogpost by ZIF's Nicola Popovic

09.07.2018. How to better integrate a gender perspective in security sector reform strategies, agendas, and projects - this question is at the heart of a blogpost by ZIF project leader on Women, Peace and Security / UNSCR 1325, Nicola Popovic. Together with Frient colleague Julie Brethfeld, she is arguing for...

Peer Coaching „Mediation and Diplomacy” in Cairo

06.07.2018. Following last year's successful collaboration with the European External Action Service (EEAS), ZIF organized in Egypt for the second time at the international level a Peer Coaching on “Mediation and Diplomacy” in cooperation with the  Cairo International Center for Conflict Resolution,...

SRSG Tanin of UNMIK Kosovo in Berlin

30.06.2018. On Thursday, June 28, ZIF hosted an exclusive roundtable discussion with the Head of the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), Mr. Zahir Tanin. Special Representative of the UN-Secretary-General (SRSG) Tanin briefed about current developments in the country and in the UN...