Germany

Center for International Peace Operations in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office.

The Center for International Peace Operations’ (ZIF’s) core mandate is to recruit and train civilian personnel and to provide analysis and advice on peacekeeping and peacebuilding issues. ZIF combines training, human resources and analysis expertise under one roof, allowing for an integrated approach. The Center was founded in 2002, by the German Government and Parliament to strengthen civilian capacities for international peace operations.

ZIF works closely with the German Federal Foreign Office and is responsible in particular for Germany’s civilian contributions to United Nations, European Union and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe missions. Through joint projects with international partners, ZIF works to expand international peacekeeping capacities and to contribute to the conceptual evolution of peace operations.

ZIF in cooperation with the German Federal Foreign Office hosted a Challenges Forum research workshop in Berlin in 2012 on the theme ‘The Future Is Now: Putting Scenarios for Peace Operations in 2025 into Today’s Operational Context’. ZIF has co-chaired the working group on ‘Peacekeeping Under New Conditions’ for the report ‘Designing Mandates and Capabilities for Future Peace Operations’. A further contribution to that study, in 2014, a Challenges Forum workshop on the theme ‘Force Intervention Brigade: A Sea Change for UN Peace Operations?’ was hosted by the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN.