Organising for Peace Operations: Lessons Learned from Bougainville East Timor and the Solomon Islands

Abstract This report examines the governmental organizational structures used in three Australian-led interventions in the late 1990s and early 2000s in the Southwest Pacific regions: Bougainville, East Timor, and the Solomon Islands. Whole-of-government efforts requiring coordination across many parts of the Australian Government characterized each of these unique operations, in which different organisational approaches were used to manage the participation of various agencies. During the course of the research, it became apparent that, over time, numerous lessons were learned as branches of the Australian Government gained experience in how best to interact with one another and manage complex operations of this type. The report describes the key Australian agencies that participated in the three operations, the coordinating mechanisms they adopted, and the specific roles they played. In addition to providing insights that should be useful for the preparation and conduct of operations outside Australia, the information in this report also should be useful in terms of better whole-of-government operations inside Australian territory. Downloads View this publication on

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RAMSI and Solomon Islands: History and Challenges for Civil-Military interaction

Abstract At the outset it is worth making the point that the work and experience of the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands or RAMSI is very much relevant to the themes of the conference of civil-military-police interaction. At its inception in 2003, RAMSI was conceived as a comprehensive mission that would involve police, military and development components. It would also be a long-term mission, which was envisaged to last for about ten years. From the beginning, it has always had a civilian leader, the RAMSI Special Coordinator, and has been a police led operation, with the military playing a supporting role. Justin Fepulea’i Justin Fepulea’i commenced as RAMSI’s Deputy Special Coordinator in March 2009. As Deputy Special Coordinator, Justin Fepulea’i deputises for the Special Co-ordinator, and has specific responsibilities for RAMSI civilian security and the SIG-RAM SI Partnership Framework. Prior to commencing with RAMSI, Dr Fepulea’i served within the Americas Division of New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, where he was responsible for New Zealand’s relations with the United States. Dr Fepulea’i joined New Zealand’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in December 2006, having previously served as a policy officer in the New Zealand Ministry of…

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