Eric Newsom: A History of the U.S. State Department's Commitment to Humanitarian Mine Action

Posted by MAG | November 12, 2014

Eric Newsom worked at the U.S. State Department beginning in 1994 as a Deputy Assistant Secretary and later as Assistant Secretary in the Political-Military (PM) Bureau. During his time there, he worked to build a coordinated, well-funded demining program within the State Department.

One of the proudest accomplishments of my career was to work on the establishment and funding of the U.S. demining program at the State Department in the early 1990s.

Dr. Matthew Bolton: A Brief History of US Policy on Landmines

Posted by MAG | September 26, 2014

Dr. Matthew Bolton is assistant professor of political science at Pace University New York City. He is author of Foreign Aid and Landmine Clearance: Governance, Politics and Security in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Sudan.

Combat Flip Flops' Message: Positivity, Creativity, Respect

Posted by MAG | September 26, 2014

Veteran Army Ranger Matthew “Griff” Griffin came up with the idea for Combat Flip Flops after visiting a factory in Afghanistan that supported the Afghan National Army. It was there, with his fellow Ranger Donald Lee, that Griff saw a way to enact meaningful and long-lasting change in countries damaged by years of conflict.

Q&A with Sean Burke-U.S. Humanitarian Demining Research and Development Program

Posted by MAG | September 26, 2014

MAG America recently interviewed Sean Burke, program manager with the U.S. Humanitarian Demining Research and Development Program of the U.S. Department of Defense, about the role of the program in humanitarian demining.

MAG: What are the goals of the Humanitarian Demining Research and Development (HD R&D) program?  Do you have a dual focus on creating technologies that protect our troops as well as contribute to humanitarian demining? 

Cambodia Staff Update: Sonan Voeun

Posted by MAG | September 25, 2014

At the age of six, Sonan Voeun was forced to flee her home during Cambodia’s decades-long conflict. Moving around the rural areas where intense fighting continued between several opposing forces, her family faced a threat from landmines and other Unexploded Ordnance (UXO) that resulted from the conflict.

Sonan now works as a supervisor for one of MAG’s expert demining teams, to remove these deadly remnants of conflict.