Our work improves lives. You can help.

CISR envisions a world where people can build peaceful and prosperous futures free from the repercussions of conflict and disaster. 


Since 1996, CISR has been dedicated to understanding and solving issues in global conflict. In fulfilling its mission, CISR undertakes a variety of projects and services to facilitate the recovery of communities and individuals affected by war and conflict. Specifically, the center provides management training for organizations charged with clearing land contaminated with explosive remnants of war, capacity-building training for peer support and disability rights organizations, and develops technical tools and conducts field research in cooperation with James Madison University faculty. In addition, CISR produces and publishes three annual editions of The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction (formerly The Journal of ERW and Mine Action), a professional trade journal for the humanitarian mine action and explosive remnants of war (ERW) community, and the longest continuous source of information on conventional weapons destruction programs in the world.

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A Note from CISR Director

Ken RutherfordOur work improves lives and communities.  I can’t think of a better way to share the size and scope of what we do to help people build confidence and encourage growth after trauma and conflict. Every day, CISR works around the world with post-conflict communities to promote recovery, rebuilding and resilience.

For more than a decade, CISR's staff and network of experts have served practitioners and those affected by conflict and trauma through countless personal exchanges, publications, conferences and trainings, including landmine/UXO management and peer support programs. Since 2010, CISR has expanded its areas of activity to bring innovative and reliable programs and information to more people in more ways.  This website is central to all of that growth.  Here, you can access our internationally regarded publications, management training workshops, disability rights resources, and peer-support programming.  We work with faculty, staff, and students at James Madison University to bring best practices and research to the field.

But more importantly, you can hear the stories of the survivors whom CISR has served. Our staff works closely with partners in Burundi, Colombia, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Rwanda, South Sudan, Uganda, Vietnam and elsewhere to bring integrative approaches and innovative solutions to survivors and their communities.  We are proud to call these survivors our colleagues and friends.

As a landmine survivor myself, I understand how challenging recovery is.  Whether it’s through victim assistance training like our Pathways to Resilience workshop for survivors from Lebanon, Iraq, Jordan and Yemen, our training programs for trauma counselors in Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Vietnam, or The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction, the long-running source of news from the mine-action field, CISR is committed to standing with communities until peace is achieved.

I could go on, and gladly. But for now, explore our site to learn more about our projects and programs, and see how you can help us improve lives. 


Ken Rutherford, Director

Center for International Stabilization & Recovery
James Madison University
800 South Main Street, MSC 4902 
Harrisonburg, Virginia USA 22807
Phone: +1(540)568-2718
Fax: +1(540)568-8176

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