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Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF)

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19.11.2018 - Article

Investigating war crimes in the Congo, monitoring the ceasefire in Ukraine, reforming the security forces in the Niger. Sounds difficult? That’s because it is! The list of tasks facing international peace missions is long and varied.

Germany is supporting such missions by, among other measures, recruiting civilian experts. It was with this in mind that the Federal Government established the Center for International Peace Operations (ZIF) in 2002.

What is Germany doing??

Blue Helmet with the logo of the United Nations for UN peacekeeping missions
Blue Helmet with the logo of the United Nations for UN peacekeeping missions© dpa

ZIF selects candidates for peace operations, trains them and assigns them to international peace missions. Examples include missions of the United Nations, European Union and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Experts recruited by ZIF can, for example, be deployed as election observers or financial or gender experts. ZIF enjoys an excellent international reputation in civilian crisis Management.

New challenges for the Supervisory Board

Constitutive meeting of the ZIF Supervisory Board on 19 November 2018
Constitutive meeting of the ZIF Supervisory Board on 19 November 2018© ZIF

ZIF’s new Supervisory Board held its constitutive meeting on Monday (19 November) and is headed by Michael Roth, Minister of State for Europe at the Federal Foreign Office. It is also composed of one representative from each parliamentary group in the German Bundestag, as well as representatives from the Federal Ministry of the Interior, the Federal Ministry of Defence and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.

The Supervisory Board is tasked with overseeing ZIF from a political and corporate point of view. One of the challenges that ZIF faces in its work is the fact that international peace missions are becoming increasingly complex, with the upshot that experts with specialist qualifications must be recruited. For example, ZIF is on the lookout for experts for democratisation and human rights, as well as lawyers (m/f) with Russian language skills in Kyrgyzstan and aviation security experts (m/f) in South Sudan.

Current members of the ZIF Supervisory Board:

  • Federal Foreign Office and Chairperson of the Supervisory Board:
    Minister of State Michael Roth (Member of the German Bundestag)
  • CDU/CSU Parliamentary Group:
    Mr Thorsten Frei (Member of the German Bundestag)
  • SPD Parliamentary Group:
    Dr Bärbel Kofler (Member of the German Bundestag)
  • AfD Parliamentary Group:
    Mr Berengar Elsner von Gronow (Member of the German Bundestag)
  • FDP Parliamentary Group:
    Ms Renata Alt (Member of the German Bundestag)
  • DIE LINKE Parliamentary Group:
    Dr Alexander Neu (Member of the German Bundestag)
  • Alliance 90/The Greens Parliamentary Group:
    Dr Franziska Brantner (Member of the German Bundestag)
  • Federal Ministry of the Interior:
    Ms Dagmar Busch (Head of the Directorate-General for Federal Police Issues)
  • Federal Ministry of Defence:
    Parliamentary State Secretary Dr Peter Tauber (Member of the German Bundestag)
  • Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development:
    Dr Elke Löbel

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