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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...

In-mission Training at UNMIK Kosovo

29.07.2019. From 8-12 July, ZIF carried out a training course on "Team and Conflict Management" at the UN Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), in cooperation with the Federal Police Academy. The 21 participants came from nine organizations, including UNMIK, the UN Kosovo Team, EULEX, OSCE, KFOR and the EU...

How Committed Is von der Leyen to the EU’s Crisis Management Missions?

24.07.2019. In his new comment in World Politics Review (paywall), Tobias Pietz analyzes recent statements by the incoming President of the European Commission with regard to her view on the Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). Ms von der Leyen is the first minister of defence to move into the top job in...

Operationalizing Conflict Prevention – The Role of United Nations Police

22.07.2019. UN Police have been an established instrument in the peace and security toolbox since their first deployment in the 1960s. In the course of the last 50 years, their role has increasingly been framed as preventive. In addition to peacekeeping operations, UN Police have become a regular feature of...

UN OCHA Workshop on the "Humanitarian Programme Cycle (HPC)" from 30 June to 5 July 2019 in Berlin

15.07.2019. Needs analysis, strategic planning, resource mobilization, implementation and monitoring, operational peer review and evaluation, and again needs analysis, strategic planning... Humanitarian activities are always carried out with the help of a coordinated sequence of measures, so that the...

The military, police and civilian experts all at one table – a recipe for success?

19.06.2019. Berlin-Schmöckwitz. A hotel in the outskirts of Berlin, a bus that leaves every hour, and a train station that takes more than half an hour to reach. Nobody would find its way to this place, unless looking for some peace, nature and rest, or a location to host negotiations with terrorists. At...

International Advisory Board in Berlin

17.06.2019. ZIF’s International Advisory Board met on 6/7 June to discuss mainly to focal points. On the one hand, it was discussed how peace operations are changing. There is a tendency towards smaller, more tailor-fit missions. This is the outcome of the board members’ discussion on the topic: “The end of...

Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Defense at ZIF

13.06.2019. On 13 June Deputy Minister of Defense, General Nguyen Chi Vinh, of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam attended ZIF with his delegation. Not long ago Vietnam has been elected as non-permanent member to the UN Security Council for the years 2020/21. In recent years it has increased its contribution to...

UN-OCHA Course on "Coordinated Assessment and Information Management (CAIM)" from May 26 to 31, 2019 in Berlin

12.06.2019. In order to be able to act effectively and quickly in crisis situations, it is important that local needs are carefully analyzed and coordinated. It is the task of so-called information managers to plan and carry out these needs analyses and to evaluate the results. A reliable and precise...

Inter-organizational High-level Peer-to-Peer Exchange on Approaches and Good Practices for Mediation in Protracted Conflicts

28.05.2019. From May 21-23, 2019, the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) in cooperation with the Mediation Support Team (MST) of the OSCE Conflict Prevention Centre and supported by the UN Mediation Support Unit organized a high-level peer-to-peer exchange on approaches and good practices for...