• 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

CSDP and the Protection of Cultural Heritage

13.11.2019. In a new "Commentary" at the Istituto Affari Internazionali, Tobias Pietz and Maximilian Schmidtke explore the current plans and recent lessons on how CSDP missions could contribute to the protection of cultural heritage. They come to the conclusion that while the issue should play a...

ZIF delivers workshop at the Economic Community of Central African States in Libreville, Gabon

13.11.2019. ZIF and members of the African Union are meeting in Libreville, Gabun, from 11-14 November 2019 in order to provide a workshop to colleagues of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), particularly to the new national Roster Focal Point and Chief of Civilian Component. As part of...

Workforce Planning Exercise at the Eastern African Standby Force, Kenia

08.11.2019. As part of continuous efforts to strengthen the capacities of regional partners of the African Standby Capacity (ASC), ZIF, EASF, UNOAU, ACCORD and members of the African Union met in Nairobi, Kenia from 4-8 November 2019 in order to assess internal HR processes at EASF and to provide...

Sudanese Delegation Visits ZIF

30.10.2019. On October 23, a group of Sudanese politicians and civil society activists visited ZIF’s offices in Berlin. The delegation was in Berlin in the context of a trip organized by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation to meet with a variety of political and civil society actors in the capital. The discussion...

Mission Training in the "Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations"

21.10.2019. What are necessary skills and competences for civilian experts to have once they are deployed to international field missions? Their suitability does not only depend on their expertise in their respective field but also on whether they had adequate preparation.The “Comprehensive Generic Training...

Helping Peace Along

17.10.2019. A Mediation Support Officer at the Conflict Prevention Centre of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), explains Deutschland.de how it is used. She is one of the pool of experts at the Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF). Read here the entire article.

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