Counterinsurgency in a Test Tube: Analyzing the Success of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI)

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Rand Corporation, Apr 18, 2007 - Study Aids - 188 pages
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The Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI), which began on July 24, 2003, has been a remarkable success, in part because of the consistency of its message, the strength of its leadership, and its uncommon support for, rather than overt control of, the Solomon Islands government and policing capability. This study reviews RAMSI operations through the lens of a broader application to current and future counterinsurgency efforts.
 

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Contents

Chapter One Background and Brief History of Operation Helpem Fren the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands RAMSI
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Chapter Two Considering the Nature of Insurgency and Counterinsurgency
43
Participant Perspectives
53
Three Crucial Conditions
59
Was It a Counterinsurgency?
115
Chapter Six Fitting the RAMSI Square Peg into the Worlds Round Holes
121
Bibliography
147
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Russell Glenn is a senior analyst for RAND in Santa Monica, California. A graduate of West Point, he was an officer in the U.S. Army from 1975 to 1997.

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