Letter from the Director

It’s an exciting time at the Mine Action Information Center. After 12 years of rewarding and cutting-edge work regarding landmines and explosive remnants of war, we’re expanding our focus to the areas of civil-military relations, country stabilization and reconstruction, and other development and transitional issues relating to complex international operations.

Don’t worry. The MAIC is not going away; rather, it will become one of the core divisions within our new overarching organization: the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery, or CISR.

As Director of the newly named CISR, I want to thank you for your continued support. We are eager to renew previous partnerships and develop new ones; we would love to work with you. The CISR can support you in a number of ways.

We have a strong reputation for delivering training, developing curriculum and working with diverse populations around the world. As a public-policy center we supported the U.S. Departments of Defense and State, various United Nations agencies, many NGOs, and the governments of Canada, Slovenia and Switzerland. The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Foreign Operations has recently recognized James Madison University as one of 10 U.S. universities uniquely qualified to support State Department and USAID tasks.

Our Center not only produces this journal but also publishes the State Department’s annual report, To Walk the Earth in Safety, and other publications. As an information clearinghouse, we host conferences, focus groups, and symposia; produce educational and training materials; develop specialized geographic information systems (GIS) products; and conduct studies and surveys to facilitate and improve global humanitarian tasks. As part of a university, our access to the wide spectrum of talents allows us to create cost-effective and imaginative solutions. Our teams have deployed to Bosnia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Jordan, Thailand and Vietnam; we have developed a senior-management training program that can be delivered in residence or by distance learning.

For more information, we encourage you to visit our Web site: http://maic.jmu.edu. We look forward to working with you as we make this exciting transition.

Best regards,
Dennis Barlow