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  • New video: ENTRi - briefly explained

    New video: ENTRi - briefly explained

    Europe's New Training Initiative for Civilian Crisis Management (ENTRi) are 12 European training institutions working for improving human security in areas where crisis management missions are deployed. They offer a huge range of courses and training material for free. We are part of it. Watch this video.
     
  • The African Standby Capacity: the world's first continental civilian roster for peace operations

    The African Standby Capacity: the world's first continental civilian roster for peace operations

    The African Standby Capacity is a continental civilian roster and candidates are invited to apply. But how? A new video reveals it. We're proud partners of this project.
     
  • ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Portuguese

    ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Portuguese

    Are you getting ready for a crisis management mission or already working in the field? The ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL is now available for download in Portuguese.
     
  • Duty of Care

    Duty of Care

    ZIF supports the development of a common understanding and approach to implement the Duty of Care to seconded civilian personnel in multilateral peace operations. The Voluntary Guidelines on the Duty of Care to Seconded Civilian Personnel have just been published – a guide for seconding and staff-receiving organizations.
     
  • Concept | Civilian Expert

    Concept | Civilian Expert

    The concept Civilian Expert lays out ZIF's expectations towards civilian experts in international peace operations and defines the basis of its training philosophy.
     
  • Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

    What exactly do civilian experts do? The following brief profiles provide some answers.
     
  • Election Observation

    Election Observation

    In 2015, German election observers were active in Turkey, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, Nigeria or Albania, amongst others. Additional EU and OSCE missions are in preparation. ZIF has been the central point of recruitment for German election observers since 2002.
     
  • Comprehensive Approach

    Comprehensive Approach

    The Comprehensive Approach is a core principle of German foreign and security policy. ZIF coordinates the German Training Partner Platform in cooperation with the military and the police and contributes conceptually through the Working Group on the Comprehensive Approach.
     
  • Training

    Training

    Peace needs professionals. Aside from a high degree of personal commitment, working in crisis regions requires adequate preparation and qualification. ZIF offers a variety of core and specialization courses.
     
  • Peace Operations Update

    Peace Operations Update

    ZIF compiles a weekly press review on developments in conflict regions. View the interactive world map here on the website or subscribe to our weekly electronic newsletter.
     

Civilian Expertise. Worldwide.

ZIF is Germany's competence center for Peace Operations and central point of reference for civilian expertise. We recruit, train and second civilian personnel for peace missions and election observation. And we offer information and advice, foster knowledge transfer and facilitate dialogue on international crisis management.

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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...

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09.08.2018. Seven out of 14 United Nations peacekeeping missions operate on the African continent. But the African Union and its regional organizations are also increasingly involved in the field of peace and security on the continent by authorizing and mandating peace missions. The AU operates the largest...

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07.08.2018. In an article for World Politics Review, Tobias Pietz, Deputy Head of ZIF’s Analysis Division argues that the repurposing of missions under the EU’s Common Security and Defense Policy (CSDP) to work on issues such as migration control and border management could weaken these missions in the long...

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World Map Peace Operations

Annually, ZIF creates a world map, which provides an overview of all current international peace operation. The map can be downloaded here.