This map layer presents the German participation in current missions classified into five categories of actors.

The colour of the pie charts shows who carries out the missions.

Example of how to read the map:

Currently 51 German soldiers are deployed in Ukraine. These soldiers participate in EU- and OSCE-missions.

The graph shows the current number of German personnel deployed in a mission country.


  • UN DPKO - United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations

    On behalf of the UN Secretary General, the DPKO leads the peace forces of Member Countries during monitoring missions and peace operations. On the websites of UN DPKO one can find data on past and current peace operations.

    Due to major changes in personnel, the United Nations publish monthly updated data. Data on personnel by the UN DPKO (United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations) indicate the total number of personnel (police, military and military experts) provided by the respective countries for UN missions.

  • ZIF - Center for International Peace Operations

    “ZIF is tasked with strengthening civilian capacities for crisis prevention, conflict resolution, and peacebuilding.”

  • NATO

    The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, located in Brussels, is a military-economic-political alliance consisting of European and North-American states. It was founded in 1949 under the leadership of the United States and has currently 28 member states. During the cold war it was the counterpart to the Warsaw Pact. Since the end of the cold war NATOs aim is to strengthen the military, economic, social and cultural cooperation. It participates in different international peacekeeping operations, for example in Kosovo and Afghanistan. It’s often criticized for not always having an international mandate for its operations.

  • Bundeswehr

    The armed forces of the German Federal Republic were founded in 1955 and are named “Bundeswehr”. Until 1990 the troop strength was limited to a maximum of 495,000 soldiers. Their operations were limited to humanitarian aid in case of natural disasters, floodings or forest fires. The end of the cold war was a turning point of the global security situation and resulted in fundamental changes in the operation profile of Bundeswehr which also led to a reduction of personnel. International organizations and alliance partners claimed a German participation in armed international peacekeeping operations. Since this time the Bundeswehr is involved in operations all around the world and transformed from an army of defense to an (since 2011 - voluntary) intervention army. This process is accompanied by a political and social debate about its future. Germany supplies one of the biggest numbers of troops for EU- and NATO operations. For the deployment of German soldiers an UN-mandate is necessary. Former debates, for example in 2003 about a participation in Iraq War, demonstrate that this requirement may lead to disputes with the allies.

    The combination of UN DPKO, ZIF, NATO and Bundeswehr gives and overview about the missions of the different actors with German personnel.


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