Letter from the Editor

HeadshotDear Reader,

This issue of the Journal of Mine Action looks at what's happening in mine action in several countries in Eastern Europe and the Caucasus. It also takes a hard look at capacity development and what that means in the mine-action world. Our Feature section includes in-depth interviews about capacity development with representatives from the United States Department of State and the United Nations Development Programme. We know you'll enjoy reading these.

We are especially happy to present two Unsung Hero profiles this time—Alison Bock of Landmines Blow! and Vanja Jokic Ražnjević of Norwegian People's Aid. Please be sure to take a look at these.

We're very pleased that so many of you have authored articles for our publication. The JMA wouldn't be here if it wasn't for our authors and readers. We have articles from 13 different countries, including two from Iraq. The R&D section offers three detailed articles for all the technical readers, too.

And speaking of the R&D section, wed like to thank our technical reviewers, who worked long and hard to select the chosen articles. There were several other articles that didnt make the cut this time due to a variety of reasons, so our reviewers spent a good deal of time reading them and helping us decide which ones to print. A big thank you goes out to Alistair Craib, Baric (Consultants) Ltd., Michel Dirickx, Royal Military Academy (Belgium), David Lewis, QinetiQ, Noel Mulliner, U.N. Mine Action Service, and Lee Offen, U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate.

As always, we'd love to hear from you. If you have raves—or rants—about anything we've published, send them to me. Your comments help us improve.

May peace prevail on Earth.

Lois Carter Fay
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Mine Action