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Disarming States: The International Movement to Ban Landmines (Praeger Security International) Hardcover – December 7, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0313393969 ISBN-10: 0313393966

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Product Details

  • Series: Praeger Security International
  • Hardcover: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Praeger (December 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0313393966
  • ISBN-13: 978-0313393969
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,942,679 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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• Provides a comprehensive narrative of the worldwide effort to ban anti-personnel landmines (APL) in a single-volume narrative

• Offers insights into the unique position regarding landmines that the United States occupies today in the global arena

• Addresses an issue that continues to be of both great humanitarian interest and great policy relevance

• Written by an acknowledged expert who served as a leader in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning coalition that spearheaded the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and the 2008 Cluster Munitions Ban Treaty, testified before the United States Congress and the United Nations, and is also a landmine survivor

• Presents new information on the Mine Ban Treaty gleaned from interviews and intensive research in ten countries

• Includes 34 photographs from on-the-ground photographers

• Provides a bibliography that is the most current and comprehensive resource currently available for landmine researchers


"Ken Rutherford's personal experience and extraordinary perseverance allowed him to speak truth to power in Washington and around the world about the tragic humanitarian consequences of anti-personnel landmines. Disarming States will prove to be the definitive history of the remarkable ‘bottom up' international movement to ban these ‘hidden killers' from the face of the earth."


Amb. Karl F. Inderfurth, Director, Graduate Program in International Affairs, Elliott School of International Affairs, George Washington University and former U.S. Special Representative for Global Humanitarian Demining


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Kenneth R. Rutherford is director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery and the Mine Action Information Center; professor of political science at James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA; and co-founder of the Landmine Survivors Network. In his capacity as CISR Director he is conducting or participating in post-conflict missions and projects in Burundi, Colombia, Iraq, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Palestine, Rwanda, Uganda, Vietnam and Yemen.

Dr. Rutherford is the author of Disarming States: The International Movement to Ban Landmines and Humanitarianism Under Fire: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia and has co-edited two books: Landmines And Human Security: International Politics And War's Hidden Legacy and Praeger's Reframing the Agenda: The Impact of NGO and Middle Power Cooperation in International Security Policy.

He has worked for international aid agencies in Bosnia, Kenya, Mauritania, Senegal, and Somalia, and served as a Fulbright Professor in Jordan. After losing his legs to a landmine, he co-founded the Landmine Survivors Network, a leading member of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, which was awarded the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize, and the Cluster Munitions Coalition that helped achieve the Convention on Cluster Munitions. His story has been profiled in Reader's Digest and on television, including the BBC, The View, and Oprah. Rutherford has received several awards in recognition of his humanitarian and human rights leadership, including the Leadership in International Rehabilitation Award by Northwestern University and the first International United Nations Association-USA Humanitarian Prize from Sir Paul McCartney and Heather Mills.

Dr. Rutherford earned his Ph.D. and MALS at Georgetown University, and BA and MBA degrees from the University of Colorado where he was a football letterman and inducted in its Hall of Fame for distinguished alumni.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nc_1977 on February 17, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a great read, filled with first-hand references, a story of how civil society, when joined in fight, informed, with great strategy, and with leadership of those most affected by this indiscriminate weapon - survivors, can succeed in doing what was deemed impossible - achieve a world wide ban on landmines. Inside stories, compelling testimonies and reflective insight make this book a knowledge-building treasure, and one any potential campaigner and advocate for social change should read and use as they are working to make the world a better place. The book is a great resource. Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Macauley on March 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Ken Rutherford's history and analysis of the global movement to end the use of landmines combines two virtues: it is exhaustive and at the same time highly readable. The author's level of expertise on this topic is second to none: since his own near-death landmine injury he has been at the forefront of efforts to ban, control and destroy landmines in addition to being a pioneer in several programs to rehabilitate landmine victims around the world.

The book moves from the particular to the global by starting out with Ken's own experience. While he was an aid worker in Somalia in 1993, Ken's vehicle struck a landmine, injuring him severely. After a medical evacuation during which he nearly bled to death, one leg was amputated to save his life and the second one amputated several years later. But as the book makes abundantly clear, Ken Rutherford is a determined, hard-core optimist, tough as any prizefighter and capable of bouncing back from trauma to enter the struggle against landmines at the international level.

The fact that Ken Rutherford was employed by a nongovernmental aid agency is particularly relevant because of the crucial role NGOs played in adding momentum to the anti-landmine movement. The book details how, even though major states such as the US, China, India, Pakistan and Russia did not join the movement, a host of NGOs and mid-size states successfully brought the landmine ban to life despite the popularity of landmines as cheap, easy-to-use weapons.
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