By Russell W. Glenn
The nearby advice undertaking to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), which begun on July 24, 2003, has been a impressive good fortune, partially as a result consistency of its message, the power of its management, and its unusual aid for, instead of overt regulate of, the Solomon Islands executive and policing power. This research experiences RAMSI operations throughout the lens of a broader software to present and destiny counterinsurgency efforts.
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A brief look at two of these earlier operations assists in providing insights in this regard: those on Papua New Guinea’s Bougainville Island and in East Timor. ) Though forestalled at that point, the underlying causes of discontent—land disputes prompted by the PNG government’s allowing the development of copper and gold mining on Bougainville, an accompanying inﬂux of workers from other areas, and related environmental problems, among others—festered in subsequent years. Disagreements over the mining operations spurred the initial violence in 1969 and again underlay that in 1988, violence that by 1990 devolved into regular clashes between PNG constabulary and military forces and the separatist Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA), violence that included atrocities by both sides.
In the middle were the facilitators, those with special skills or the tactical commanders. Some were commanders in the Malaitan Eagle Force; some were police; some were ex-police. At the top were the corrupt politicians who weren’t keen on RAMSI because we were interfering with their getting money through corruption.
Lt Col Frewen set a strict policy that his soldiers were initially not to go into towns for any but oﬃcial reasons, and while there, they were not to purchase goods from local stores. His reasoning had multiple facets. First, he sought to preclude disrupting the fragile Solomon Islands economy with a sudden inﬂux of cash and the probable resultant inﬂation in prices that would harm locals strapped for currency. 72 The impact on local economies was carefully controlled even later. Initially, a vehicle with 30 soldiers was allowed to visit Honiara once a week for a period of two hours.