Comprehensive Approach

The comprehensive approach provides a model for international crisis and conflict management. The approach has the following objectives:

  • Coordinating resources of diplomacy, development cooperation, civilian peace workers as well as military and police forces,
  • at the national, international and local level and across departments and institutions,  
  • making optimum use of resources through pooling and task sharing,
  • with the aim of having an effective impact on international (military) conflicts and thereby making a contribution to peace and security globally, in Europe and in Germany.

Comprehensive approach working group

ZIF's interdepartmental working group on the comprehensive approach provides analytical and conceptual contributions on how the approach can be further enhanced in peace and security policy – in particular with regard to international peace operations. This constitutes a continuation of the work from the previous legislative term. It became evident in the latter that constricting the comprehensive approach to security alone is not expedient. Security is a necessary but not wholly sufficient objective of international conflict management.

Training partner platform and joint training activities

The complexity of many peace operations of the UN, EU and OSCE requires the cooperation of civilian, police, and military mission components. This is why joint training courses and the sharing of experiences and resources are desirable and essential. It was in this context that the training partner platform was established in November 2008.

Your contacts

Dr. Andreas Wittkowsky

Project Coordinator Peace and Security, Analysis



Karl-Rüdiger Tillmann

Liaison Officer of the Federal Ministry of Defense



Svenja Wolter

Team Training, Operations