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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.

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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 www.state.gov/stem.

Post-Conflict Recovery Week: Demining Demonstration

The U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) Humanitarian Demining Training Center teaches James Madison University students about removing explosives from the ground through a landmine-clearance demonstration.

They also let students try on the personal protective equipment worn by deminers in the field and practice probing for mines.

Mozambique could be free of anti-personnel land mines by the end of this year, according to the head of operations of the National Demining Institute (IND), Antonio Martins.

Speaking at a Maputo seminar, intended to draw up plans for assisting land mine victims, Martins said that in 2013, 592 areas suspected of containing land mines, and covering a total area of 9.33 million square metres, were demined.

That still leaves another 500 areas suspected of contamination in 19 districts. “A total of 5.6 million square metres needs to be demined”, said Martins, estimating the budget for this at 17 million US dollars. One of the main challenges, he added, is demining the border between Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

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The Turkish authorities have decided to demine border areas in the east. Three-quarters of the cost of demining is to be covered by the European Union, the Turkish newspaper Aksam reports.

Clearing border territories is already held jointly by the Interior Ministry and the Turkish General Staff. A territory of 11 million 665 thousand 641 square meters will be cleared. The mine fence will be replaced by a modern warning system, and any cases of illegal border crossings will be cut short by 26 observation cars, Turan reports.

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Where in the world is your JACard? 
JMU alumni Katie Stolp (‘13) and Geary Cox (‘06, ‘08M) at the United Nations in New York. The pair represented the U.S. Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) at multilateral talks on securing weapons in northern Africa. Stolp is serving as the Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellow for Humanitarian Demining at PM/WRA; Cox is Program Manager for conventional weapons-destruction programs in Near East Asia.

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JMU alumni Katie Stolp (‘13) and Geary Cox (‘06, ‘08M) at the United Nations in New York. The pair represented the U.S. Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) at multilateral talks on securing weapons in northern Africa. Stolp is serving as the Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Memorial Fellow for Humanitarian Demining at PM/WRA; Cox is Program Manager for conventional weapons-destruction programs in Near East Asia.

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Do you have a new or improved method of demining? Have you recently tested a new technology for use in mine or ERW clearance? 
The Journal of ERW and Mine Action is accepting articles for its peer reviewed Research & Development section. All technical/scientific articles on new technologies or methodologies for mine and ERW detection and clearance will be considered for publication.
 
R&D submissions should be no longer than 3,000 words. Images, graphics, charts and figures should accompany submissions as needed.
 
Hurry! The deadline for submissions for our summer issue is 15 February. R&D articles for future issues are also accepted on a rolling basis, so please do not let the deadline stop you from submitting your article. 
Send your submissions to cisreditor@gmail.com.
 
Read the full call for R&D articles here: http://www.jmu.edu/cisr/_pages/journal/cfps/rd-cfp.pdf.  View past R&D articles online at http://www.jmu.edu/cisr/journal/past-issues.shtml.
 
As always, thank you for your work and support!
 
Sincerely,
The Journal Team 
Rachael Tayanovskaya
Technical and Content Editor