Center for International Stabilization & Recovery

CISR envisions a world where people can build peaceful and prosperous futures free from the repercussions of conflict and disaster.

We help communities affected by conflict and trauma through innovative and reliable research, training, information exchange, and direct services such as:

Mine Risk Education
Peer Support
Management Training
Scientific Research
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Since antipersonnel landmines were banned by a majority of nations 15 years ago via an international treaty, their use even by those outside the treaty has become rare, as it has become widely stigmatized. Even officials from the US, which has not banned landmines, have often expressed concern at new mine use. In 2012, for example, Susan Rice, then US ambassador to the UN, described reports that the Syrian government had used antipersonnel mines on its borders with Lebanon and Turkey as “horrific.”

Yet the US remains one of three-dozen countries that have yet to join the Mine Ban Treaty [PDF]. It is baffling: the US, which has not used antipersonnel mines in more than two decades, is the only member of NATO that has not banned them.

In December 2009, a State Department official informed [PDF] the Second Review Conference of the Mine Ban Treaty that a comprehensive review of US landmine policy had been “initiated at the direction of President Obama.” The review is examining whether the US should relinquish antipersonnel landmines and accede to the treaty.

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CISR Director Dr. Ken Rutherford will be speaking next week in Croatia on the background of international mine action and humanitarian demining.



Did you know that the Department of State uses 3-D printing technology to create models of landmines and military ordnance to train demining technicians on how to safely clear explosive remnants of war in post-conflict countries around the world?

Learn more about the Department of State’s efforts in STEM on DipNote and at

CISR Associate Director Dr. Suzanne Fiederlein attended the 17th International Meeting of Mine Action National Programme Directors and U.N. Advisors in Geneva from March 31–April 2, 2014.

In partnership with James Madison University’s College of Business, Fiederlein led the session with Dr. Paula Daly: “Transitioning to a Regional Senior Managers’ Course - What It Means for You.” Thanks to CISR’s partners at the Tajikistan National Mine Action Centre, the series will begin with a regional course in Tajikistan in May 2014.

The Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs (PM/WRA) will continue sponsoring the SMC as well as additional courses and regions to be decided.

A highlight from the meeting was seeing so many SMC-ERWTC graduates, many who have stayed in touch with CISR, and were making presentations and holding meetings with U.N., nongovernmental and donor-government officials.

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In sunny 80-degree weather, CISR kicked off Student Appreciation Week on Sunday with a hike! 

Our students complete us. Thank you for the significant work you do for CISR!!

JMU Nation donated more than 230(!) pairs of shoes to the Harrisonburg Rotary Club which will then donate them to Kenyan nonprofit Well of Hope to be sold.

Proceeds will provide homes and livelihood training for war widows and their families.

Well done, JMU! 

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