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Counterinsurgency in a test tube [electronic resource] : analyzing the success of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) / Russell W. Glenn.

By: Glenn, Russell W.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: Santa Monica, CA : RAND Corp., 2007Description: 1 online resource (xxvii, 159 p.) : col. ill., col. maps.ISBN: 9780833042637 (electronic bk.); 0833042637 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): Counterinsurgency -- Solomon Islands | Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands, 2003- | Armed Forces -- Operations other than war | Australia -- Armed Forces -- Foreign service -- Solomon Islands | New Zealand -- Armed Forces -- Foreign service -- Solomon Islands | Police -- Solomon Islands | Intervention (International law) -- Case studies | HISTORYGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: Counterinsurgency in a test tube.DDC classification: 995.93 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Background and brief history of operation Helpem Fren, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) -- Considering the nature of insurgency and counterinsurgency -- July 2003 Solomon Islands as an insurgency: participant perspectives -- Successful COIN: three crucial conditions -- RAMSI: was it a counterinsurgency? -- Fitting the RAMSI square peg into the world's round holes.
Summary: With a matter of weeks to prepare, Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) personnel landed on July 24, 2003, armed for conflict but equally ready to restore peace without firing a shot in anger. RAMSI's aim was to assist the existing government in reestablishing order and rebuilding this island nation plagued by escalating militia violence, crime, and corruption. RAMSI police forces, with the much larger military component in a supporting role, were patrolling the streets alongside their Solomon Islands counterparts on the very day of arrival. This and many other early actions on the part of RAMSI leadership presented a clear and cohesive message that would characterize operations from that day forward: RAMSI had not come to take charge through the use of force, though it had the capability to do so; it had come to assist and protect. This study reviews the remarkable successes, and the few admitted shortcomings, of RAMSI operations through the lens of broader application to current and future counterinsurgency efforts. Foremost among these lessons is the need for consistency of mission and message from leadership down to the lowest echelons of an operation, ensuring that the population is appropriately and consistently informed.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 147-159).

Background and brief history of operation Helpem Fren, the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) -- Considering the nature of insurgency and counterinsurgency -- July 2003 Solomon Islands as an insurgency: participant perspectives -- Successful COIN: three crucial conditions -- RAMSI: was it a counterinsurgency? -- Fitting the RAMSI square peg into the world's round holes.

With a matter of weeks to prepare, Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) personnel landed on July 24, 2003, armed for conflict but equally ready to restore peace without firing a shot in anger. RAMSI's aim was to assist the existing government in reestablishing order and rebuilding this island nation plagued by escalating militia violence, crime, and corruption. RAMSI police forces, with the much larger military component in a supporting role, were patrolling the streets alongside their Solomon Islands counterparts on the very day of arrival. This and many other early actions on the part of RAMSI leadership presented a clear and cohesive message that would characterize operations from that day forward: RAMSI had not come to take charge through the use of force, though it had the capability to do so; it had come to assist and protect. This study reviews the remarkable successes, and the few admitted shortcomings, of RAMSI operations through the lens of broader application to current and future counterinsurgency efforts. Foremost among these lessons is the need for consistency of mission and message from leadership down to the lowest echelons of an operation, ensuring that the population is appropriately and consistently informed.

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