On 30 June 2017, the 15-nation Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) and the Solomon Islands Government closed the book on an unprecedented regional experiment: one of the largest, longest and most ambitious multilateral security and state-building initiative ever mounted in the Pacific region.
The end of the Mission was, accordingly, accompanied by internal and external reflections (beyond the 2016-17 performance report). These included:
- The Joint Report by RAMSI and the Solomon Islands Government to the National Parliament of Solomon Islands;
- The parliamentary debate of the National Parliament of Solomon Islands on 27 June 2017; and
- Civil society and other contributions at the RAMSI-hosted High-Level Symposium on the Legacy and Lessons of RAMSI on 28 June 2017.
To mark the occasion, RAMSI also:
- produced a book, RAMSI: Operation Helpem Fren 2003-2017 ;
- commissioned (with Australia) a short documentary film;
- interviewed Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare on its Talking Truth program;
- donated official publications and nearly 14 years of daily newspapers to the National Archives of Solomon Islands; and
- added a wing and permanent exhibition to the National Museum of Solomon Islands.
These activities were designed to help capture RAMSI’s partnership with Solomon Islands, and the views and voices of Solomon Islanders, RAMSI staff and regional leaders during this crucial period in Solomon Islands’ history.
Finally, to aid researchers and future policy-makers, RAMSI invited Emeritus Professor Clive Moore to update his seminal bibliography of items published on Solomon Islands since the RAMSI intervention in 2003. This was a herculean task and the result is an extensive Select Bibliography with 1,412 references that will allow Solomon Islanders and non-Solomon Islanders alike to access the literature, history and heritage of Solomon Islands captured between 2003 and 2017.