Experts for Peace Operations

  • Study: 25 Years of Stabilization Discourse

    Study: 25 Years of Stabilization Discourse

    Latest ZIF Study: Twenty-Five Years of Stabilisation Discourse - Between Realpolitik and Normativity by Dr. Andreas Wittkowsky and Sebastian Breuer
     
  • Weekly press review

    Weekly press review

    ZIF compiles a weekly press review on developments in conflict regions and peace operations. Subscribe to our electronic newsletter.
     
  • New Website "Missions & Mandates"

    New Website "Missions & Mandates"

    What are peace operations doing worldwide? Our new interactive website presents the tasks of international peace operations of the UN, EU, OSCE, AU and NATO.
     
  • ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Arabic

    ENTRi handbook IN CONTROL in Arabic

    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 Arabic.
     
  • New Glossary "Missions & Mandates"

    New Glossary "Missions & Mandates"

    Our new glossary "Missions & Mandates. What Peace Operations Do" provides brief descriptions of the 23 most common areas of activity of international peace operations.
     
  • World Map Peace Operations 2019/2020

    World Map Peace Operations 2019/2020

    Our re-designed map offers a comprehensive overview of the peace operations deployed by the UN, EU, AU, OSCE, and other organizations. Available online and on paper.
     
  • 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.
     
  • 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

    Over 5.000 German election observers have been deployed so far to EU and OSCE-ODIHR observation missions worldwide. ZIF has been the central point of recruitment for German election observers ever since 2002.
     
  • 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.
     

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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26.03.2020. From one home office to another, Tobias Pietz, who is based in Berlin, discusses the consequences of COVID-19 for the work in peace operations with Richard Gowan, UN Director of International Crisis Group in New York. In our "ZIF-Talk", Gowan explains the operative challenges that have...

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17.03.2020. In an article for World Politics Review, our Head of the Analysis Division, Dr. Wibke Hansen, and the Director of the German Institute for International and Security Affairs (SWP), Dr. Volker Perthes, discuss the period of transition Sudan currently finds itself in and argue that prolonging UNAMID...

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16.03.2020. "Just as digital technologies have led to a changed nature of warfare, so too, could they change the nature of peace operations if harnessed well." How has the spread of digitalisation affected peace operations, how can technical innovation be utilised in peace operations, and what...

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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.