Matthew Clarke and Simon Feeny
In November 2021, Australian troops and federal police officers returned to Solomon Islands for the first time since 2017 in response to a request made by Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare. Prime Minister Sogavare sought this assistance in response to violent unrest spreading across the capital city of Honiara. This deployment was approved within 24 hours with Australian boots on the ground within 72 hours. This was the first time Australian troops and police officers had been in Solomon Islands since 2017 after the Regional Assistance Missions to Solomon Islands (RAMSI) ended after 14 years. As with RAMSI, regional neighbours, including Papua New Guinea, Fiji and New Zealand have since joined Australians in Honiara.
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