By Russell W. Glenn

The nearby tips venture to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), which all started on July 24, 2003, has been a outstanding good fortune, partly due to the consistency of its message, the power of its management, and its unusual aid for, instead of overt keep an eye on of, the Solomon Islands govt and policing power. This research stories RAMSI operations in the course of the lens of a broader program to present and destiny counterinsurgency efforts.

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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 essence the parties agreed to disarm and the IPMT was created to facilitate this process (subsequently subverted by the protagonists) and supervise the cantonment of the weapons. It took on confidence building and worked on maintaining/building attitudes against weapons in the community, which did later prove of use to RAMSI. In essence it became a bridging mission, as the blockage of its real mandate was realized early on. 42 As we will later see, James Watson, who provided legal counsel to RAMSI’s military component, believed that the signing of the IPMT agreement was a hallmark in the neutralization of militia influence, as it established the legitimacy of external involvement to enforce the rule of law.

47 Bryant (2005a, p. 7); Fraenkel (2003, pp. 7–8). ”48 The act included provisions to exempt members of an international peacekeeping force from prosecution or civil action under Solomon Islands law. It further granted them the right to use force when necessary and gave international police and military personnel the same powers granted the RSIP. Passage was timely. 50 Police personnel included representatives of those five nations and others from Samoa, Vanuatu, Kiribati, the Cook Islands, and Nauru.

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