Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery

Kenneth Rutherford is Director of the Center of International Stabilization and Recovery at James Madison University, where he also serves as a Professor in the Department of Political Science. He served as a humanitarian aid worker in Kenya, Mauritania, Senegal, and Somalia, and as a State Department Fulbright Fellow at the University of Jordan, where he was appointed to the faculty of political science. He co-founded the Landmine Survivors Network, created by and for survivors to help victims of war rebuild their lives, and he was a leader in the historic International Campaign to Ban Landmines, co-recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize.

He has published four books on global security: Reframing the Agenda: The Impact of NGO and Middle Power Cooperation in International Security Politics (Co-Editor) (2003); Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War’s Hidden Legacy (Co-Editor) (2006); The US and UN Intervention in Somalia (2008); and Disarming States: The International Movement to Ban Landmines; Humanitarianism Under Fire (2010). His book, America’s Buried History: Landmines in the Civil War will be published in spring 2019. Rutherford has published more than 40 articles featured in journals such as World Politics and Journal of International Law and Policy, and has delivered presentations on landmines and conventional weapons destruction in more than 36 countries.

Rutherford has been recognized by the London-based organization, Action on Armed Violence, in their list of "100 most influential people in armed violence reduction". He has also received other international awards, including: 1998 - Leadership in International Rehabilitation - Northwestern University; 1999 - Survivor Leadership Award – Marshall Legacy Institute; 2002 - United Nations Association-USA humanitarian - Sir Paul McCartney;  2002 “Every Day Hero” – United Airlines (selected from10,000 nominations); 2014 - Human Security -University of California at Irvine;  and the 2015 - Global Citizen of the Year – Roots of Peace (San Rafael, California). He holds a Ph.D. in Government from Georgetown University, and B.A. and MBA degrees from the University of Colorado, where he was inducted into its Hall for Distinguished alumni.

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Center for International Stabilization and Recovery
James Madison University
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Harrisonburg, VA 22807

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