Director, Center for International Stabilization and Recovery (CISR)

Year Started at JMU: 2010

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  • Leads and directs fundraising and strategic planning for James Madison University’s   Center of International Stabilization and Recovery that for more than 21 years has been recognized as a global leader in international efforts to combat the effects of landmines and explosive remnants of war.
  • Has published more than 40 journal articles, including World Politics and Journal of International Law and Policy;
  • Profiled in Reader’s Digest and on television, including BBC, NBC Dateline, Oprah and HBO;
  • Delivered presentations on landmines and conventional weapons destruction in more than thirty-six countries;
  • He has been quoted in numerous publications, including The New York Times; USA Today and International Herald Tribune;
  • Humanitarian Aid worker in Kenya, Mauritania, Senegal, and Somalia;
  • Served as Fulbright Professor at the University of Jordan, and researcher and author of why Jordan became the first Arab country to have a comprehensive disability rights law.
  • Published five books:
    • 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);
    • Disarming States: The International Movement to Ban Landmines;  Humanitarianism Under Fire (2010);
    • America’s Buried History: Landmines in the Civil War (forthcoming Spring 2018).
  • Recipient of global awards, including the
    • 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;
    • 2015 - Global Citizen of the Year – Roots of Peace.
  • Co-Founder of the Landmine Survivors Network, which pioneered techniques in war victim assistance, providing thousands of amputees with peer mentors and artificial limbs while also advocating for global prohibition on anti-personnel landmines.
  • Recognized as "one hundred most influential people in armed violence reduction" by the London-based organization Action on Armed Violence;
  • Ph.D. -Georgetown University, and B.A. and MBA degrees - University of Colorado, where he was inducted into its Hall for Distinguished alumni.

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