The Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands (RAMSI) was a $2 billion project, funded mostly by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and AusAID (2003-2013). In 2003 the Australian Prime Minister - John Howard finally agreed to send troops and advisers to a ‘failed’ Pacific island state - the Solomon Islands. What happened next will change international aid and diplomatic aid projects forever.
Sir Alan Kemakeza, Prime Minister of Solomon Islands, made a last ditch effort to save his country. In 2003 he flew to Canberra and asked John Howard to intervene. Howard ultimately agreed and sent troops, police and government advisers to rebuild the Solomon Islands. Why did Australia and the region intervene, and was it ultimately successful? What ramifications does it have for regional diplomacy in future?