• NEW: Update on Peace Operations and COVID-19

    NEW: Update on Peace Operations and COVID-19

    Follow developments and discussions on our new page - or read the news in our weekly newsletter Peace Operations Update now with extra category COVID-19. (Photo: UN | HarandaneDicko)
  • Study: 25 Years of Stabilization Discourse

    Study: 25 Years of Stabilization Discourse

    Latest ZIF Study: Twenty-Five Years of Stabilisation Discourse - Between Realpolitik and Normativity by Dr. Andreas Wittkowsky and Sebastian Breuer
  • Weekly press review

    Weekly press review

    ZIF compiles a weekly press review on developments in conflict regions and peace operations. Subscribe to our electronic newsletter.
  • New Website "Missions & Mandates"

    New Website "Missions & Mandates"

    What are peace operations doing worldwide? Our new interactive website presents the tasks of international peace operations of the UN, EU, OSCE, AU and NATO.
  • ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Arabic

    ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Arabic

    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 Arabic.
  • New Glossary "Missions & Mandates"

    New Glossary "Missions & Mandates"

    Our new glossary "Missions & Mandates. What Peace Operations Do" provides brief descriptions of the 23 most common areas of activity of international peace operations.
  • World Map Peace Operations 2019/2020

    World Map Peace Operations 2019/2020

    Our re-designed map offers a comprehensive overview of the peace operations deployed by the UN, EU, AU, OSCE, and other organizations. Available online and on paper.
  • New video: ENTRi - briefly explained

    New video: ENTRi - briefly explained

    Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management (ENTRi) are 12 European training institutions working for improving human security in areas where crisis management missions are deployed. They offer a huge range of courses and training material for free. We are part of it. Watch this video.
  • The African Standby Capacity: the world's first continental civilian roster for peace operations

    The African Standby Capacity: the world's first continental civilian roster for peace operations

    The African Standby Capacity is a continental civilian roster and candidates are invited to apply. But how? A new video reveals it. We're proud partners of this project.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    What exactly do civilian experts do? The following brief profiles provide some answers.
  • Election Observation

    Election Observation

    Over 5.000 German election observers have been deployed so far to EU and OSCE-ODIHR observation missions worldwide. ZIF has been the central point of recruitment for German election observers ever since 2002.
  • 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.

ZIF News

An Unexpected Pole Position: The EU in the Kosovo-Serbia Dialogue

02.07.2020. In the dispute about who should lead the dialogue between Prishtina and Belgrade, the EU surprisingly regained the pole position. In an opinion piece for EURACTIV, Andreas Wittkowsky asks the question whether the EU is sufficiently prepared to lead the next phase of the Dialogue. Read the opinion...

ZIF panel about CSDP missions and mediation processes at the EU Mediation Community of Practice Meeting 2020

16.06.2020. This year’s EU Mediation Community of Practice Meeting jointly organized by the European External Action Service and MediatEUr is taking place as virtual open space from June 15 – 17. The event brings together representatives from specialist organizations in the field of peace mediation, as well as...


15.06.2020. For this exciting new blog “100 Voices on Technology and Peace Operations”, we called on a diverse community of experts – national and international, public and private – to share their views on how digital technologies and innovation could foster sustainable peace. The goal is to provide a dynamic...

Richard Gowan about the consequences of the coronavirus for peacekeeping

26.03.2020. From one home office to another, Tobias Pietz, who is based in Berlin, discusses the consequences of COVID-19 for the work in peace operations with Richard Gowan, UN Director of International Crisis Group in New York. In our "ZIF-Talk", Gowan explains the operative challenges that have...

Why Sudan’s Democratic Transition Depends on Stability in Darfur

17.03.2020. In an article for World Politics Review, our Head of the Analysis Division, Dr. Wibke Hansen, and the Director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Dr. Volker Perthes, discuss the period of transition Sudan currently finds itself in and argue that prolonging UNAMID...

Digital Technologies in Peace Operations

16.03.2020. "Just as digital technologies have led to a changed nature of warfare, so too, could they change the nature of peace operations if harnessed well." How has the spread of digitalisation affected peace operations, how can technical innovation be utilised in peace operations, and what...

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