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New ZIF Map Peace Operations 2019/2020

08.10.2019. This completely redesigned map offers a comprehensive overview of the peace operations deployed by the UN, EU, AU, OSCE, and other organizations. In addition, it shows the development of peace operation staff numbers from 1992 by organization and by component. A comparison with last year’s...

OCHA course "Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme"

24.09.2019. Neutrality, humanity, impartiality and independence are central principles along which humanitarian operations are to be coordinated. In this spirit, ZIF hosted the “Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme (PREP)” from 15 to 20 September, prepared and conducted by the Office for the...

UN OCHA Course "Advanced Training on Analysis in Humanitarian Settings (ATAHS)" in Berlin

20.09.2019. An important part of humanitarian work is the correct assessment of needs to ensure the effectiveness of necessary assistance and accurate response planning. To further develop these analytical capabilities, the OCHA "Advanced Training on Analysis in Humanitarian Settings" was held in...

Short-Term Election Observation Course

19.09.2019. This year’s second ZIF Short-Term Election Observation (STO) course was held from the 15th to 18th September in Berlin. Future German observers as well as participants from all over Europe and beyond were trained for taking up an STO role in election observation missions (EOMs) of the EU and...

Peer Coaching “Mediation Diplomacy” with the EEAS

17.09.2019. Already for the third time ZIF and the mediation support team of the EU External Action Service (EEAS) conducted a high-level peer coaching seminar for EEAS Heads of EU Delegations and national ambassadors to the EU Political and Security Committee (PSC). Entitled “Mediation Diplomacy in the...

Workforce Planning Exercise at ECOWAS in Nigeria

16.09.2019. As part of continuous efforts to strengthen the capacities of regional partners of the African Standby Capacity (ASC), ZIF, ECOWAS, UNOAU und members of the African Union met in Abuja, Nigeria from 9-13 September 2019 in order to assess internal processes at ECOWAS and to provide recommendations...

Quadrilateral Meeting in Helsinki

13.09.2019. The Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) met its three sister organizations for the annual quadrilateral meeting. At the meeting - which took place in Helsinki and was hosted by the Finnish Crisis Management Center (CMC) - the leadership teams of the Swedish Folke Bernadotte Academy...

A New „Mare Nostrum“

13.09.2019. In his comment at EURACTIV.com, Tobias Pietz argues that there should be no renewed Operation Sophia but rather a coalition of European member states establishing a new sea rescue mission like the Italian “Mare Nostrum” in 2014. The new Italian government might offer the chance for a compromise on...

Time for the EU to Refocus on Kosovo and the Region

09.09.2019. In a recent article for Judy Dempsey’s “Strategic Europe” at Carnegie Europe, Andreas Wittkowsky argues that international engagement with Kosovo and Serbia is more necessary than ever. A land swap between the two countries is still on the table, but the EU has an inconsistent strategy toward the...

Peer Coaching: Mediation Workshop with the Federal Foreign Office

30.08.2019. Following this year's Ambassadors' Conference of the Federal Foreign Office (FFO), the Centre for International Peace Operations (ZIF) and the FFO’s Directorate General Stabilization invited eleven diplomats from selected German missions abroad to a peer coaching mediation workshop on 29 August....

OCHA and ZIF Sign Standby Partnership Agreement

28.08.2019. On August 28th, 2019 the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) and the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) signed a standby partnership agreement in order to deploy humanitarian experts from ZIF to OCHA missions worldwide. In acute humanitarian...

Meeting with partners of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) project in Ethiopia

28.08.2019. Optimizing processes, promoting cooperation and strengthening civilian components in African peace support operations: from 12 to 15 August 2019, ZIF met with partners from the African Standby Capacity (ASC) project in Ethiopia.  As part of the further development of the African Union's...

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