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ENTRi holds presentation at the informal Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CivCom) at the Austrian EU Council Presidency

10.10.2018. The Committee for Civilian Aspects of Crisis Management (CIVCOM) advises the Political and Security Committee (PSC) of the European Union on civilian aspects of crisis management. It prepares planning documents for new missions, makes recommendations and deals with the development of strategies for...

UN OCHA course on “Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme (PREP)” from 23 to 28 September in Berlin.

08.10.2018. From 23 to 28 September 2018 ZIF hosted the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) course on “Preparedness and Response Effectiveness Programme (PREP)” in Berlin. Twenty-three participants from different local humanitarian agencies, OCHA´s Standby Partner...

Comprehensive approach – opportunities and challenges

28.09.2018. One room. 20 people. Three police officers, two military men and 15 civilian experts. They sit at four tables, discussing their cooperation and the challenges it poses. What brings these 20 people together? What they all have in common is that they took part in the ZIF Core Course “Comprehensive...

ZIF trains future German and international election observers

28.09.2018. This year’s last ZIF Short-Term Election Observation (STO) course was held from 23 to 26 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 mission (EOMs) of the EU and the OSCE...

New ZIF Map Peace Operations 2018/2019

26.09.2018. This map offers a comprehensive overview of the peace operations deployed by the UN, EU, AU, OSCE, and other organizations.A comparison with last year’s edition shows a moderate decline in the number of civilian staff and police officers deployed in peace operations worldwide. The number of...

How does mediation work? ZIF expert in the media

20.09.2018. Christina Stenner is member of the ZIF roster and works for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europa (OSCE) as mediation expert. She is seconded to the OSCE's headquarters to Vienna. On deutschland.de she explains basic procedures of peace mediation and mediation support - one...

Second Peer Coaching „Mediation and Diplomacy“ for Heads of Delegations of the European External Action Service (EEAS)

19.09.2018. On 10 and 11 September, ZIF in close cooperation with the unit "Prevention of conflict, Rule of law/SSR, Integrated approach, Stabilisation and Mediation" (PRISM) within the European External Action Service (EEAS) conducted a Peer Coaching "Mediation and Diplomacy" for heads of...

DSRSG De Clercq of UNSOM in Berlin

17.09.2018. On Wednesday, September 12, ZIF hosted an exclusive roundtable discussion with the Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Somalia, Mr. Peter de Clercq. Mr. de Clercq spoke about current developments in the country and in the UN mission, such as security, past and future...

New Mediation Potential Analysis Tool: Mediation Potential Screening - a joint publication by ZIF, CSSP and inmedio Berlin

06.09.2018. A new publication in the field of peace mediation deals with entry points for mediation interventions in international peace processes. The so-called „Mediation Potential Screening“ constitutes a decision tree developed jointly by ZIF, CSSP-Berlin Center for Integrative Mediation and inmedio Berlin...

Peace Mediation Retreat with the Federal Foreign Office

06.09.2018. Following this year’s annual Ambassadors' Conference of the Federal Foreign Office, ZIF gathered 16 high-ranking German diplomats for the Mediation Retreat Liebenberg 2.0.On 30 and 31 August, alumni of the last three editions of the "Peer Coaching Mediation and Diplomacy" events...

ZIF kompakt on “Action for Peacekeeping”

23.08.2018. A new ZIF kompakt discusses the latest reform initiative of the UN Secretary-General – Action for Peacekeeping (A4P). The concepts contained in A4P are not new, but the initiative attempts to raise the political profile of previous reform efforts so that Heads of State invest some real political...

How Populism could affect EU missions

14.08.2018. In a new opinion piece for EUobserver, Tobias Pietz comments on the recent political pressure on Operation Sophia by the Italian Minister of Interior and what that could mean for other EU missions. Unfortunately, instead of arguing against such pressure, it seems as if the EU and some member states...