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Ken Rutherford

rutherkr@jmu.edu
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Kenneth R. Rutherford, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery and Professor of Political Science at James Madison University.  In his capacity as Director he leads fundraising and strategic planning for CISR, which is recognized as a global leader in international efforts to combat the effects of landmines and explosive remnants of war, including rehabilitating post-conflict societies. He oversees a budget of nearly two million dollars funded almost entirely by contracts and grants and a full-time staff of thirteen, around ten student researchers and employing professors on specific overseas projects. He also spearheads collaborative relationships with international institutions, such as the United Nations, global foundations and US Government bureaus involved in post-conflict economic and social activities.

Dr. Rutherford is the author or co-editor of four books, Disarming States: The International Movement to Ban Landmines; Humanitarianism Under Fire: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia; Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War’s Hidden Legacy; and Reframing the Agenda: The Impact of NGO and Middle Power Cooperation in International Security Politics. He has testified before Congress and the United Nations, and also published more than forty articles in numerous academic and policy journals, including World Politics, Journal of International Politics, Journal of International Law and Policy.  

In 2005, Rutherford was recipient of a State Department Fulbright Research Award to Jordan, where he was appointed to the faculty at the University of Jordan, and researched disability rights.  Dr. Rutherford co-founded the Landmine Survivors Network, and is a renowned leader in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning coalition that spearheaded the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and the global movement that led to the 2008 Cluster Munitions Ban Treaty.  Rutherford’s story and work has been profiled in Reader’s Digest and on television, including the BBC, The View, and Oprah. In August 1997, he escorted Diana, Princess of Wales on her last humanitarian mission to Bosnia. 

He is the recipient of the Leadership in International Rehabilitation Award by Northwestern University (1999), United Nations Association-USA humanitarian award by Sir Paul McCartney (2002), “Everyday Hero” award selected as one of twenty-five American “everyday heroes” by United Airlines from more than 6,300 nominations, Survivor’s Award by the Marshal Legacy Institute (2005)  and the Human Security Award by the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California, Irvine (2014). In 2013 Rutherford was included among the "one hundred most influential people in armed violence reduction" by the London-based organization Action on Armed Violence.

Previously, Dr. Rutherford served on the Political Science faculty at Missouri State University, where he was rrecipient of the Public Affairs Professorship (2009), Outstanding Leadership Award” (2007), and the Student Choice Award (2006-2007) "for outstanding service rendered unto the Student Population of Missouri State and for distinction of service to the MSU student body.  It's the highest honor that the students can bestow.”

Dr. Rutherford holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University, and B.A. and MBA degrees from the University of Colorado, where he was inducted into it Hall of Fame for distinguished alumni (2004). 


Grants

  • April 2013

    Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received $30,916 from the Geneva International Centre for Humanitarian Demining to prepare a description of the existing institutional architecture for disability programming in Vietnam and $18,250 from Action on Armed Violence to provide psychosocial support to facilitate the healing process of victims of armed violence in Burundi.

  • August 2013

    Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received $153,000 from the U.S. Department of State for CISR Fellowships for the 2013-2014 academic year. The fellowships are to provide administrative and other assistance to PM/WRA to facilitate the accomplishment of WRA’s goals and objectives through provision of a Frasure-Kruzel-Drew Humanitarian Mine Action Fellow.

  • December 2013

    Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received $30,805 from the U.S. Department of State for Explosive Remnants of War Risk Education Activities for Syrian Refugees in Northern Iraq. The grant will help to facilitate Phase 1 of a program to improve the safety and security of Syrian refugee youth residing in Northern Iraq by carrying out an arts-based ERW risk education program. Rutherford also received $371,633 from the U.S. Department of State for WRA Tajikistan SMC Training to improve the skills of representatives from mine/Explosive Remnants of War-affected countries in relation to management and technical subjects.

  • May 2013

    Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received $263,100 from the U.S. Department of State to improve the lives and well being of Syrian refugees residing in Jordan by carrying out a theatrical program that combines messages addressing issues relevant to daily life as refugees with explosive remnants of war and land mine awareness messages. Rutherford received $34,446 from Fibertek Inc. to enhance the Unexploded Ordinance Center of Excellence database with information on the needs of and latest developments in the humanitarian demining community, including academics, foreign governments, nongovernmental organizations and commercial entities. He received $19,993 from the World Bank to provide data covering calendar years 2010, 2011 and 2012 to the World Bank land mine/explosive remnants of war database and to make mine action experts available to provide overall guidance for the project.

  • September 2013

    Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received $763 from the Action on Armed Violence for the Burundi Armed Violence Reduction and Prevention Program: Phase III to provide psychosocial support to facilitate the healing process of victims of armed violence in Burundi. Rutherford received $247,500 from the U.S. Department of State for Building the Capacity of AEPD to Promote the Rights of People with Disabilities to assist the Association for the Empowerment of People with Disabilities to be Vietnam’s leading organization campaigning for the rights of people with disabilities. Rutherford received $388,442 from the U.S. Department of State for ERW Awareness for Syrian Refugees in Northern Jordan to improve the lives and well-being of Syrian refugees residing in Jordan by carrying out a theatrical program that combines messages addressing issues relevant to daily life as refugees with explosive remnants of war and landmine awareness messages. Rutherford received $528,109 from the U.S. Department of State for CISR Core Services to WRA 2013-14. The grant will help to encourage and stimulate the support of programs undertaken by the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Office of Weapons Removal Abatement by acting as an information clearinghouse: identifying, gathering, managing and distributing information.

  • May 2014

    Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) received $10,958 from Action on Armed Violence for “Burundi Prevention of All Types of Violence in Addition to Other Forms of High-Risk Behavior” to prevent and reduce incidences of armed violence in Burundi by supporting the sustainable social, economic and psycho-social integration of vulnerable victims and survivors of armed violence.

Honors

  • February 2014

    Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) is the 2013-2014 recipient of the Human Security Award presented by the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs at the University of California at Irvine. The Human Security Award recognizes the remarkable efforts of individuals and groups working to empower and protect the world’s most vulnerable communities.

Presentations

  • November 2013

    Dr. Kenneth R. Rutherford (Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery; Professor, Political Science) was the keynote speaker at the Human Rights Program Symposium "Acknowledge, Amend, Assist: Addressing Civilian Harm Caused by Armed Conflict and Armed Violence,” which was hosted by Harvard Law School. The conference brought together policy experts, fieldwork leaders and government officials to develop a framework to increase collaboration on assistance to conflict victims.