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Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War's Hidden Legacy (Suny Series in Global Politics (Paperback)) Paperback – January 1, 2006

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"There are important lessons to be learned, and Landmines and Human Security gives us the tools to apply these lessons as we move forward, both to universalize the Ottawa Treaty and to meet other challenges in today's dangerous and complex world." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Kenneth R. Rutherford, co-editor, 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. He is the author of Disarming States: The International Movement to Ban Landmines and Humanitarianism Under Fire: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia and is co-editor of 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. He lives in Harrisonburg, Virginia with his wife Kimberly and their four children, Hayden, Campbell, Duncan and Lucie.

Product Details

  • Series: Suny Series in Global Politics (Paperback)
  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: State University of New York Press; annotated edition edition (January 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0791463109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0791463109
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Editors Richard Matthew, Bryan McDonald and Kenneth Rutherford have assembled an interesting series of articles on the enduring legacy of anti-personnel landmines. Human security is an increasing concern in today's world and landmines have a major affect on human security.

Forewords from some prominent people in the world, such as: HM Queen Noor, Sir Paul McCartney, the Honourable Lloyd Axworthy and US Senator Patrick Leahy, lead the reader into Part I, which looks at the global landmine problem. Part II looks at the Treaty to Ban Anti-Personnel Landmines, commonly referred to as the Ottawa Treaty and the part played by various Non-Government Organisations in giving the necessary backing that has seen over 150 nations sign this treaty. Part III examines related issues to the APLM Ban, demining operations and assistance to the victims of landmines. Part IV concludes the discussion with a look at what implications the success of the mine ban treaty has. Recently, a large number of governments have signed a similar treaty in Oslo, outlawing the use of Cluster Munitions, using the Ottawa Treaty as a model.

I found this book interesting as it also looks at the perspective of those countries who have not signed the Ottawa Treaty and their reasons for non-signature. The book examines the rationale of their decisions and asks if the reasons can be justifiable. This book was written in 2004, some seven years after the signing of the Ottawa treaty and it looks at how effective the treaty has been. For anyone who has an interest in humanitarian landmine clearance operations, this is an interesting book. It has articles by noted people in the anti-personnel landmine ban campaign; including Dr. Kenneth Rutherford, who lost both his legs in a landmine incident in Somalia; as well as Ms. Jody Williams, the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize winner, for her work in the APLM Ban Campaign. Well done to the editors and contributors.
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