CISR: Addressing Leftover Landmines

The Center for International Stabilization and Recovery has spread its footprint from Harrisonburg to places across the world since its founding in 1996. CISR’s primary goal is to help areas ravaged by war bounce back. This manifests itself in a myriad of projects and programs, from training courses to the publication of a magazine called The Journal of Conventional Weapons Destruction.

One of the areas that CISR focuses on is landmines, which in the aftermath of war still pose a threat to those living in areas where they were planted. Old landmines can still explode and do damage. CISR’s director, Ken Rutherford, is the survivor of a landmine explosion himself, which preceded over two decades of landmine advocacy work. He shared his story with us.

The Removal Process

Finding landmines is only the beginning of the problem. The individuals who are responsible for safely detonating these mines have one of the most dangerous and uncertain jobs in the world.

The Effects of Time

States and countries that are no longer experiencing war are still forced to live with the dangers of landmines and other explosives that did not detonate during conflict.


Love and supportiveness are much more effective than any fear tactic according to Anne Stewart, A psychology professor at James Madison University.