Our work improves lives. You can help.

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

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A Note from Ken Rutherford

Ken RutherfordOur work improves lives and communities.  I can’t think of a better way to share the size and scope of what we do to help people build confidence and encourage growth after trauma and conflict. Every day, CISR works around the world with post-conflict communities to promote recovery, rebuilding and resilience.

For more than a decade, CISR's staff and network of experts have served practitioners and those affected by conflict and trauma through countless personal exchanges, publications, conferences and trainings, including landmine/UXO management and peer support programs. Since 2010, CISR has expanded its areas of activity to bring innovative and reliable programs and information to more people in more ways.  This website is central to all of that growth.  Here, you can access our internationally regarded publications, management training workshops, disability rights resources, and peer-support programming.  We work with faculty, staff, and students at James Madison University to bring best practices and research to the field.

But more importantly, you can hear the stories of the survivors whom CISR has served. Our staff works closely with partners in Burundi, Colombia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam and elsewhere to bring integrative approaches and innovative solutions to survivors and their communities.  We are proud to call these survivors our colleagues and friends.

As a landmine survivor myself, I understand how challenging recovery is.  Whether it’s through victim assistance training like our Pathways to Resilience workshop for survivors from Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Yemen, our training programs for trauma counselors in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Vietnam, or The Journal of ERW and Mine Action, the long-running source of news from the mine-action field, CISR is committed to standing with communities until peace is achieved.

I could go on, and gladly.  But for now, explore our site to learn more about our projects and programs, and see how you can help us improve lives. 


Ken Rutherford, Director

Center for International Stabilization & Recovery
James Madison University
800 South Main Street, MSC 4902 
Harrisonburg, Virginia USA 22807
Phone: +1(540)568-2718
Fax: +1(540)568-8176

History of CISR


CISR was founded in 1996 as the Humanitarian Demining Information Center, and shortly thereafter became the Mine Action Information Center. Our mission was to conduct post-conflict research, education and training on landmine remediation.

The name was changed to the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR) in 2008 to more effectively implement activities for victims of conflict and trauma.

CISR is located on the campus of James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA. JMU is a nationally recognized state university with a student population of about 18,000. CISR is able to access JMU's academic resources and capitalize on its trusted, neutral university status.

The Center develops and executes projects concerning post-conflict recovery efforts around the world through innovative and reliable research, training, information exchange, and direct services. For more information about our specific programs please select PROGRAMS from the navigation to the left.

In 2008, the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations recognized JMU as one of 10 U.S. universities uniquely qualified to support State Department and USAID tasks.