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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...

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...

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