• 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 Supports Second Training of Facilitators on the LCAP Instrument for UN Field Staff in Entebbe, Uganda

14.02.2020. As part of its cooperation with the Policy, Evaluation and Training (DPET) division of the UN Department of Peace Operations, ZIF participated for the second time in a DPET-organized Training of Facilitators (ToF) in Entebbe, Uganda, from 11-13 February 2020. The aim of the ToF was to familiarize...

Leadership-Workshop for Leaders in International Peace Operations

13.02.2020. Leadership in international peace operations is particularly challenging: Working in a fragile conflict environment with security restrictions, unpredictable political circumstances and team members from various cultural and professional backgrounds requires exceptional leadership qualities.On 10...

New ZIF Policy Briefing on mediation support structures in regional organizations

20.12.2019. The field of peace mediation has evolved significantly as violent conflicts have become more protracted and difficult to end. In the newest ZIF Policy Briefing former ZIF Research Fellow Katrin Wittig provides an overview of existing mediation support infrastructures with a focus on regional...

Duty of Care Day of Excellence at the OSCE

17.12.2019. Last year the OSCE co-hosted the 5th Duty of Care Roundtable in close cooperation with the German Center for International Peace Operations, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy and the UK Stabilization Unit. The Director of the Department of the Human...

Berlin Expert Dialogue on the Peace Process in Colombia

13.12.2019. What is to be learnt from the Colombian Peace Process for other conflicts around the globe? This question was the focus of ZIF’s Berlin Expert Dialogue that took place on December 9 and 10 at Liebenberg Castle (Löwenberger Land). The event emphasized both the implementation of peace agreements on...

EUPCST Training on Team and Conflict Management in Peace Operations hosted in Berlin

13.12.2019. How can I build and motivate my team? How can I manage conflicts in my work / mission life effectively? What is good leadership? How can I be more culturally sensitive?  19 civilian experts, police officers and gendarme from ten different countries learned, reflected and discussed these and...

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