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The 2015 Regional Senior Managers Course (SMC) for Southeast Asia will take place in Vietnam from 21 September–9 October 2015. The course will include two weeks of classroom instruction in Hanoi and one week of field visits in Central Vietnam addressing general best practices and specific needs within the Southeast Asia region. The purpose of the SMC is to hone the skills of senior managers so that countries can more effectively clear their lands of landmines and other ERW. Countries invited to participate in the Southeast Regional SMC included: Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam.

The SMC offers specialized management training for men and women who hold leadership positions in operations (survey, clearance, EOD, PSSM), administration, finance, risk education, survivor assistance, or training. Participants often include national directors, deputy directors, regional office managers, department or division heads, and other senior managers from governmental ERW and mine action organizations as well as non-governmental organizations.

The SMC combines the latest principles in ERW and Mine Action with key organizational management skills, utilizing experts from the James Madison University (JMU) College of Business; the Geneva International Centre for International Demining; local, regional, and international mine action organizations; and U.S. and host-country government authorities.

The SMC is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and implemented by JMU’s Center for International Stabilization and Recovery with support from local partners.

CISR is no longer taking new applications for the 2015 Regional SMC in Vietnam. Please check this webpage for updates on future SMCs or contact the SMC Administrator at

CISR, working in close collaboration with faculty from JMU’s College of Business (COB), specializes in management training for leaders in mine action around the world. The Senior Managers’ Course in ERW and Mine Action seeks to integrate the latest thinking in the field of business management with the practical experience of ERW/mine action operators. The goal is to hone the skills of senior managers of national ERW and mine action programs so that countries can more effectively and efficiently clear their lands of landmines and other explosive remnants of war that adversely affect their citizens' well-being and impinge upon economic development.

Senior Managers' Course TajikistanOne hallmark of the course is the learning that takes place not just from the interaction between the instructors and the participants but from the interactions among the participants, who all have considerable field experience themselves and have much to share and learn from each other. All participants are asked to make a presentation to the group that explains their country's mine action program and/or shares their particular ERW/MA technical expertise. The course is organized to promote interaction and foster beneficial personal relationships among the participants and between them and the course instructors and staff.

The UNDP awarded CISR  the contract to teach the Senior Managers Course beginning in 2004. The CISR hosted five courses and trained more than 100 managers from over 30 countries through the UNDP sponsored courses.

Beginning in 2010 the US Department of State's Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement (PM/WRA) has sponsored the Senior Managers' Course at JMU. Its focus was expanded to include conventional weapons destruction, small arms/light weapons, and other emerging topics in the post-conflict recovery field. Since 2010, CISR has hosted four courses on the JMU campus under grants from PM/WRA.

In 2014, CISR modified the course to a regional model to better accomodate curricular requirements and technical needs in different parts of the world. The first regional Senior Managers' Course was held in Dushanbe, Tajikistan in May 2014. Future courses will be announced as plans are finalized.

In addition to Senior Managers' Courses held on the campus of JMU, CISR, along with its JMU faculty partners, participated in three Explosive Remnants of War Training Courses in Jordan (2009, 2010, 2011) as subcontractors to Jordan's National Committee for Demining and Rehabilitation. In August 2011, CISR also worked with a COB management professor to conduct the Peru-Ecuador Binational Workshop for Management in Humanitarian Demining in Lima, Peru. The workshop was jointly sponsored by the U.S. Southern Command through the U.S. Embassy in Peru and the Peruvian government’s Ministry of Foreign Relations and mine-action office, CONTRAMINAS. 

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The 2014 Regional Senior Managers' Course in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.