Counterinsurgency in a Test Tube. Analyzing the Success of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)
RAND NATIONAL DEFENSE RESEARCH INST SANTA MONICA CA
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On July 24, 2003, a joint, multinational, interagency force landed in the Solomon Islands at the request of that nations prime minister. Its intent was to reinforce and uphold the legitimate institutions and authorities in the Solomon Islands, and to ensure respect for the countrys constitution and implementation of its laws. The call for help came after years of turmoil during which the legitimacy and effectiveness of the Solomon Islands government had been undermined by social strife, corruption, intimidation, and armed groups acting with no regard for the law. Within weeks, the worst of the problems had been suppressed and national rebuilding began. This analysis considers why the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands RAMSI succeeded in its first weeks, months, and years, and what lessons of value its operations might offer to counterinsurgency COIN and reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere.
- Government and Political Science
- Sociology and Law
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics