Director᾿s Message

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Ken RutherfordWe would like to heartily thank the U.S. Department of Defense Humanitarian Demining Program (HD R&D) for its support of The Journal over the past seven years. This sponsorship allowed us to continue to publish the peer-reviewed Research and Development section when our previous sponsor could no longer fund it.

This issue of The Journal includes a Focus on the Pacific Islands, an area of the world that continues to be plagued by legacy explosive remnants of war (ERW) from various armed conflicts since World War II. President Obama’s rebalance of resources toward the region is designed to make this part of the world safer by clearing the ERW and allowing prosperity to spread.

The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR) at James Madison University (JMU) has also focused its talents and resources in this region. Currently, CISR is implementing a project for disabled people’s organizations in central Vietnam with our local partner the Association for the Empowerment of People with Disabilities. The project centers on a new public relations campaign to persuade the Vietnamese public that the rights of people with disabilities should be respected.

This issue’s Editorial section includes our annual Reader’s Survey. We encourage you to give us your feedback about the publication to help us improve and provide content that you think is important. The survey will take you about 10 minutes to complete. Please answer the survey questions and mail the questionnaire to us, or simply take the survey online at

Our Feature section in this edition highlights program management issues. JMU’s College of Business Professor Dr. Paula S. Daly discusses “10 Best Practices for Effective Program Management” and CISR’s Nicole Neitzey offers "Best Practices in Managing Government Grants."

Notes From the Field articles cover a wide range of topics, from the impact of anti-vehicle landmines by Pascal Rapillard and Maryam Walton of the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining to FSD’s Artyom Harutyunyan discussing, “Demining in the Remote Areas of Northern Afghanistan.”

The peer-reviewed Research and Development section carries an evaluation of the Mini MineWolf by Phil Straw of the U.S. HD R&D. This issue also features an article by APOPO’s Amanda Mahoney, et. al., about testing landmine clearance rats in operational settings.

While The Journal is a U.S. publication, we encourage and welcome articles from the global mine action/ERW community concerning new and innovative trends, topics, case studies and research of interest to those in the field. As always, we hope to hear from you about your work and any important topics you would like The Journal to cover.

Ken Rutherford
CISR Director

Contact Information

Center for International Stabilization & Recovery
James Madison University
800 S. Main Street, MSC 1028
Harrisonburg, VA 22807 / USA
Tel: +1 540 568 2718