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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...

ZIF launches TECHPOPS

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...

Teasing Peace Operations – The Core Course Comprehensive Generic Training Peace Operations

09.03.2020. How do I behave in a negotiation? What is Community Oriented Policing? How do I read a map and use a radio? Conflict Analysis, what is that actually and why do I need it? And how do I eventually get to work in a peace operation? These questions, among others, were addressed and answered during our...

Start of the handover phase for the support of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) from ZIF to ACCORD

06.03.2020. With a meeting of the main partners of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) in Durban, South Africa, moderated by ZIF, the handover process for the future accompaniment and support of the ASC from ZIF to ACCORD was kicked off on February 24 and 25, 2020.Representatives of GIZ, the Peace Support...

25 Years of Stabilisation Discourse: Between Realpolitik and Normativity

05.03.2020. Since the violent break-up of Yugoslavia and the terrorist attacks of 9/11, stabilisation has been a prominent paradigm in international conflict management. In a new ZIF study, which has been supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Andreas Wittkowsky and...

UN-OCHA course on "Coordinated Assessment and Information Management (CAIM)" from 23 to 28 February 2020 in Berlin

29.02.2020. As in previous years, this spring 29 international participants from 24 countries gathered in Berlin to learn jointly and exchange views on current working methods. Among them were OCHA staff members from various country offices as well as participants from the Danish Red Cross, IOM CCCM Global...

Establishment of the European Centre of Excellence for Civilian Crisis Management in Berlin

27.02.2020. 25 February 2020 was an important day for the development of joint European civilian crisis management: Representatives from 14 EU Member States founded the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Civilian Crisis Management which will be inaugurated on 17 September 2020 in Berlin. At the foundation...

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...

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