Aired: February 27, 2016

Pathways for Peace

  • The Landmine Survivor's Network (28 min.)

    With: Ken Rutherford (James Madison University)

    Many displaced Iraqis returning to their homes are finding landmines and booby-traps left for them by ISIS fighters. One woman opened her refrigerator and found a landmine on her vegetable shelf. Ken Rutherford co-founded the Landmine Survivors Network, and says this is the first time in the world’s history that roadside bombs target civilians.

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  • The Politics of Weapon Inspections (13 min.)

    With: Nathan Busch (Christopher Newport University)

    How do we guarantee Iran has stopped all nuclear weapons efforts? In his forthcoming book, Nathan Busch lays bare the politics of weapon inspections for Iran and many other nations.

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  • Is Large-Scale Conflict Preventable? (11 min.)

    With: Atin Basuchoudhary (Virginia Miltiary Institute)

    If we accept that conflict is a rational decision, we can develop policies to prevent it. Atin Basuchoudhary has studied the factors that push people to violence, to identify the causes for large-scale conflict.

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  • To Celebrate or Condemn the Nuclear Deal?

    Depending on who you talk to, the nuclear agreement reached with Iran in the summer of 2015 is either a landmark step forward, or a total disaster. But what exactly does the agreement entail? One Virginia scholar has spent years studying nuclear weapons inspections and he urges caution when celebrating or condemning the deal. Allison Quantz has details.

  • Humanitarian Mine Action

    Our guest Ken Rutherford is Director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery and Professor of Political Science at James Madison University. The center publishes The Journal of ERW and Mine Action, a professional trade journal for the humanitarian mine action and explosive remnants of war (ERW) community. It is a forum for landmine and ERW clearance best practices and methodologies, strategic planning, mine risk education and survivor assistance.

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