speakers


Dr. Kenneth Rutherford


Kenneth R. Rutherford, Ph.D., is Director of the Center for International Stabilization and Recovery and Professor of Political Science at James Madison University. In his capacity as CISR Director he is directing, conducting or participating in post-conflict missions and projects in numerous countries, including Iraq, Tajikistan and Vietnam.

Dr. Rutherford's most recent book, Disarming States: The International Movement to Ban Landmines (Praeger Press), was published in 2011. He is also the author of Humanitarianism Under Fire: The US and UN Intervention in Somalia (Kumarian Press, 2008) and has co-edited two books: Landmines and Human Security: International Politics and War's Hidden Legacy (SUNY Press, 2004) and Reframing the Agenda: The Impact of NGO and Middle Power Cooperation in International Security Politics (Greenwood Press, 2003). He has testified before Congress and also published articles in numerous academic and policy journals, including World Politics, Journal of International Politics, Journal of International Law and Policy and The Review of Disability Studies.

He has worked for international aid agencies in Bosnia, Kenya, Mauritania, Senegal, and Somalia, and served as Fulbright Professor in Jordan. After losing his legs to a landmine in 1993, Dr. Rutherford co-founded the Landmine Survivors Network, and is a renowned leader in the Nobel Peace Prize-winning coalition that spearheaded the 1997 Mine Ban Treaty and the global movement that led to the 2008 Cluster Munitions Ban Treaty. His story has been profiled in Reader's Digest and on television, including the BBC, The View, and Oprah. He was the recipient of the United Nations Association-USA humanitarian award by Sir Paul and Heather Mills McCartney and the Leadership in International Rehabilitation Award by Northwestern University.

Dr. Rutherford holds a Ph.D. from Georgetown University, and B.A. and MBA degrees from the University of Colorado, where he was a football letterman and inducted into it Hall of Fame for distinguished alumni.

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Melissa Stockwell

Melissa Stockwell was born a patriot and always wanted to serve her county. In 2004, while serving in the U.S. Army, Melissa was on a routine convoy through Central Baghdad and her HUMVEE was struck by a roadside bomb. The blast took her left leg and today she stands as an above-the-knee amputee on her left side. After a year of rehab at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, she went on to swim in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and was honored to represent the country she defended over in Iraq. In 2009 Melissa turned to the sport of triathlon and is a 3x Paratriathlon World Champion and a recent Ironman. She is a certified prosthetist with Scheck and Siress Prosthetics where she fits other amputees with artificial limbs. She is also the co-founder of the Chicago based Dare2tri Paratriathlon club, does motivational speaking and serves on the board of directors for the Wounded Warrior Project. She loves America and all that it stands for.





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Jacqueline Murekatete


Jacqueline Murekatete is an internationally recognized and award-winning human rights activist and genocide survivor, speaking out for victims and survivors of genocide. Born in Rwanda in 1984, Jacqueline was not yet 10 years old when she lost her entire immediate and most of her extended family to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. In partnership with Holocaust and other genocide survivors, Jacqueline organizes annual genocide prevention education forums and has worked with a New York-based nonprofit organization to raise money to build and support a community center in Rwanda, which provides job training and social services to Rwandan youth, many of them genocide orphans. Jacqueline has spoken in more than 300 forums across the U.S. and in Germany, Israel, Ireland, Bosnia and Belgium. She also addressed the United Nations General Assembly on the 10th anniversary of the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, and regularly participates in high level human rights and genocide prevention forums and conferences. Her voice has been brought to a worldwide audience through features in such notable media as The New York Times, Washington Post, Jerusalem Post and NPR. She was also featured in Kenneth's Cole's Awareness: Inspiring Stories About How To Make A Difference and Righteous Pictures award-winning documentary, The Last Survivor.