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A Note from CISR Director Dr. Suzanne Fiederlein

Suzanne FiederleinOur work improves lives and communities. Every day, CISR works around the world with post-conflict communities to promote recovery, rebuilding and resilience.

For more than two decades, CISR's staff and network of experts have served practitioners and those affected by conflict through countless personal exchanges, publications, conferences and trainings—including landmine/UXO management and peer support programs. 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.

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. 


Suzanne Fiederlein, Ph.D.
Center for International Stabilization & Recovery
James Madison University
MSC 4902 or 1028 
Harrisonburg, Virginia USA 22807
Phone: +1(540) 568-2718

About CISR (pronounced "scissor")

Since its founding at James Madison University (JMU) in 1996, CISR has been dedicated to understanding and overcoming global conflict. In fulfilling its mission, CISR provides management training for organizations that clear land contaminated with explosive remnants of war (ERW), peer support training and capacity-building for disability rights organizations, and works with JMU faculty to develop tools and conduct research to help communities and individuals rebuild their lives in post-conflict environments.

CISR produces three issues annually of The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction, which is supported by the Office of Weapons Removal and Abatement in the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, and is the longest continuous source of information on CWD programs in the world. The Journal is a professional trade publication for the humanitarian mine action and ERW community read in over 150 countries around the world. CISR is home to the Global CWD Repository, an online library hosting current and historical documentation related to lessons learned, best practices, success stories and challenges in humanitarian demining and CWD. CISR also produces the U.S. Department of State's annual report on conventional weapons destruction, To Walk the Earth in Safety.

youtube-logo-hd-50px.jpgListen to stories from CISR's former directors to gather perspectives on the founding and growth of CISR over the years (links go to YouTube):

dennis.jpg 1996-2009: Founding Director COL (ret.) Dennis Barlow 
Ken 2010 -2019: Dr. Ken Rutherford

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