Kenneth R. Rutherford (born August 25, 1962) is co-founder of the Landmine Survivors Network
and a researcher in the field of political science
While studying political science at the University of Colorado
in the mid-1980s, Rutherford decided to work in international development
. Since graduating in 1985, he has worked for international aid agencies in Bosnia
, and was a Fulbright Scholar
Rutherford began his international career as a Peace Corps
volunteer in Mauritania (1987–1989). During this period he was contracted by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
to assist in refugee camp
s on the border between Mauritania and Senegal.
He returned to the US to earn his MBA
at the University of Colorado, then in 1993 went to work for the International Rescue Committee
in Kenya and Somalia, where he was injured by a landmine.
Together with Jerry White
he co-founded Landmine Survivors Network in 1995 which later became Survivor Corps
. He and White accompanied Princess Diana
on her last humanitarian mission to visit landmine survivors in Bosnia-Herzegovina
in August 1997, only three weeks before her death. Rutherford was a prominent leader in the International Campaign to Ban Landmines
which won the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize
. In 2000, he earned his doctorate in Political Science from Georgetown University
He was Associate Professor of Political Science at Missouri State University
from 2002 until 2010. In 2005, Rutherford went to Jordan on a Fulbright Fellowship
where he taught international politics at the University of Jordan
In 2008 Rutherford played a key role in the drafting of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
and the Convention on Cluster Munitions
. He was a board member of Survivor Corps until it closed in September 2010.
In February 2010, Rutherford became Director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery
(CISR), which includes the Mine Action Information Center
, at James Madison University
. In his capacity as CISR Director, he oversees and participates in post-conflict missions and projects in numerous countries worldwide, including Burundi
He currently serves on the board of directors
oLegacies of WarFriendship Industries
the Shenandoah Valley Civil War Roundtable and thShenandoah Valley Battlefield Foundation.
On December 16, 1993, while working for the International Rescue Committee
in Somalia, Rutherford'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. He has since spoken to the United States Congress
against landmines. "It was an experience that fundamentally altered my life for the good," Rutherford said. "It crystallized my vision of what I believe I was put on this Earth to do."
Ken Rutherford has published more than 40 articles in numerous academic and policy journals, including the ''Journal of International Law and Policy'', ''World Politics
,'' ''Journal of International Politics,'' ''International Journal of World Peace,'' ''Alternatives
,'' ''Non-Proliferation Review,'' ''Harvard International Review
'', The Journal of ERW and Mine Action
'' ''Journal of Transnational Associations,'' ''Pain Medicine,'' ''International Journal on Grey Literature
,'' and ''Security Dialogue
''. He has contributed book reviews to ''Armed Forces and Society,'' and ''National Security Studies Journal.''
Rutherford is the author o''Humanitarianism Under Fire: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia,'' (2008)
an''Disarming States: The International Movement to Ban Landmines'' (2011)
He has co-edited two books''Reframing the Agenda: The Impact of NGO and Middle Power Cooperation in International Security Policy'' (2003)
an''Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War's Hidden Legacy'' (2004)
Book chapters and contributions
Rutherford has contributed chapters to ''Negotiating Sovereignty and Human Rights,'' ''Global Society in Transition: An International Politics Reader,'' ''Civil Society in the Information Age,'''The Landmine Action Smart Book''
''Primary Care of Landmine Injuries in Africa: A Basic Text for Health Workers,'''Landmine Monitor Report 2000,''
an''To Walk Without Fear: The Global Movement to Ban Landmines''
Rutherford also contributed to the chapter on Bosnia-Herzegovina in the 1998 ''Report for Special Operations and Low Intensity Conflict Office.''
Awards, honors and public appearances
The organization he was associated with, International Campaign to Ban Landmines, shared the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize. Rutherford was co-recipient of the 199Leadership in International Rehabilitation Award
presented by thCenter for International Rehabilitation
and has been inducted into thUniversity of Colorado Heritage Center"Hall of Excellence,"
a permanent exhibit at the University of Colorado. He has received thMarshall Legacy Institute
s 2005 Survivors' Assistance Award, the 2002 United Airlines
br>Everyday Hero Award
and the 2002 Adopt-A-Minefield
Humanitarian Award, presented by Paul McCartney
and Lady Heather Mills
. Rutherford is also the 2013–2014 recipient of the Human Security Award from thCenter for Unconventional Security Affairs (CUSA)
at the University of California-Irvine
As an advocate for people with disabilities affected by landmines, he has presented in more than 30 countries, testifying before U.S. Congress
and the U.N.
(New York City
). He has also appeared on ''Dateline
,'' ''The View
'' and National Public Radio
's ''Morning Edition
'' and ''All Things Considered
''. His personal story of recovering from his accident to pursue his dreams of marrying his fiancée, having children and becoming a professor has been profiled by ''The Oprah Winfrey Show
'', ''Reader's Digest
'' and the BBC
In June 2013, he was included among the "one hundred most influential people in armed violence reduction" by the London-based organizatioAction on Armed Violence"Top 100: The most influential people in armed violence reduction."
Center for International Stabilization and Recovery at James Madison University
Ken Rutherford, "Landmines: A Survivor’s Tale"
- Journal of Mine Action
Landmine Survivor Leads JMU Center for International Stabilization
A CU EMBA Alum And His Worldwide Crusade
Ken Rutherford took part in a panel discussion sponsored by the Georgetown School of Continuing Studies and co-sponsored by the United States Campaign to Ban Landmines, Georgetown University Department of Government, Lecture Fund of Georgetown University, Georgetown University Mortara Center for International Studies and the Georgetown Public Policy Institute on March 3, 2011.
"Victim Assistance Intervention: Survivor Voice and Victim Assistance in the Convention on Cluster Munitions," by Ken Rutherford, presented at the South East Asia Regional Conference on the Convention on Cluster Munitions, October 20, 2008, Xiengkhuang, Lao PDR.
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