• 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

ZIF Resumes Standby Deployments to UN-OCHA

09.12.2019. After a break of almost five years, ZIF has resumed secondments to operations of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA). The basis for this deployment is the Standby Partnership Agreement concluded in August 2019 for the provision of humanitarian experts...

ZIF participates at EU Focal Point Meeting Election Observations

06.12.2019. On 6 December, representatives of ZIF and the German Federal Foreign Ministry participated in the EU Focal Point Meeting on Election Observation in Brussels. The annual meeting, which is organized jointly by the Election Observation and Democracy Support (EODS), the European Commission and the...

Interpeace visits ZIF

29.11.2019. On November 28th, Scott Weber, president of the international organization Interpeace, visited ZIF for a lively exchange of ideas and to talk about possible future cooperation.Among the topics discussed were strategies for transition and the common aim to make big peace operations “fit for...

ZIF hosted workshop to develop refresher curriculum for security (HEAT) courses

22.11.2019. All ZIF experts know the term HEAT has little to do with temperature, but refers to the so-called Hostile Enviroment Awareness Training that all secondees attend before being deployed to the field. Mission security is a continuous process not just a one-time training. For this reason, discussions...

ZIF at the Paris Peace Forum 2019

15.11.2019. The second annual Paris Peace Forum took place on November 11 – 13, 2019. The event is an exciting opportunity for exchange, innovation, discussions and networking. This year’s guests included high ranking actors in the field of international politics such as António Guterres (Secretary General of...

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...

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