China becomes top importer to Maldives in March

Asian economic powerhouse China is the top importer to Maldives according to March 2018 data collected through local authorities. Maldives Customs statistical data indicates the CIF (Cost Insurance Freight) value has upped by 48% on... More

Maldives slams EU for ‘disregarding progress’ on electoral reform

Maldives government on Friday slammed the European Union (EU) report on electoral reform in the archipelago which it said had "largely disregarded" the progress made by the country. A report following an Electoral Follow-up Mission... More

EU concerned by Maldives’ lack of electoral reform ahead of polls

European Union (EU) has expressed deep concern by the lack of electoral reform in the Maldives ahead of the presidential elections slated for later this year. A statement following an Electoral Follow-up Mission (EFM) to... More

India’s GMR loses new $15 mln claim over Maldives airport row

India's infrastructure giant GMR Group has lost a new USD15 million claim over the contract row to to develop the archipelago's main airport. Despite winning a staggering USD271 million payout from the Maldives government in... More

Maldives-India Bye Bhai?

Film! Fashion! Food! The Maldives has enjoyed a long love affair with all things Indian, from the silver screen to the catwalk and dinner table. The Indian town closest to Malé – Thiruvananthapuram – has... More

China is moving into the Indian Ocean

In the past few years, the Maldives has quintessentially exemplified the shortcomings of India’s ‘neighbourhood first’ policy. But there is a larger geopolitical premonition that could be anticipated from the recent crisis in the... More

Maldives establishes diplomatic ties with Ivory Coast

Maldives has established diplomatic relations with the African country Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast). Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Maldives reports diplomatic relations between Maldives and Ivory Coast was established this Saturday. The agreement was signed in... More

Maldives’ electoral body guarantees smooth presidential poll

The current conditions in the Maldives are suitable for a presidential poll, the country’s electoral body said Thursday following weeks of political turmoil. The Elections Commission wants to hold the vote in the first week... More

Maldives ex-Pres Nasheed urges strong foreign intervention

Former president of Maldives Mohamed Nasheed has claimed the island nation is 'in need' of strong foreign intervention in the country's political affairs and added that foreign intervention ideally tries to identify... More

Maldives opposition refuse EC invitation for discussion

The Maldives United Opposition (MUO) has declined the offer extended by Elections Commission for discussion and disclosure of information regarding the upcoming presidential election. While the opposition parties have declined EC's invitation, the Maldives electoral... More

An Indian counter narrative on Maldives

The Maldives is back in the headlines. This time around, it is not about democracy deficit or rule of law. Two new topics are exciting the Indians – recent visit of the Pakistani army... More

Monsoon over the Maldives: The latest chapter of the India-China saga

The island nation of the Maldives is experiencing a politically turbulent beginning to 2018 following an uncompromising showdown between the president and the Supreme Court. As the storm brews over the tropical paradise, two... More

India-Maldives strain deepens as island nation steps up military ties with Pakistan

The Maldives stepped up counter-terrorism cooperation and military ties with Pakistan and defaulted on the mandatory payment to the South Asia University, an initiative led by New Delhi, increasing the strains in ties between... More

Maldives declines India’s offer to participate in Defence Expo

Maldives has declined an invitation by India to send a ministerial-level delegation to the Defence Expo, a biennial exhibition of weapons and military hardware, which will be held in Chennai next week, official sources... More

Pakistan army chief arrives in Maldives

Pakistan army chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa arrived in the Maldives on Friday for a three-day official visit on the invitation of his Maldivian counterpart. Bajwa will meet with Defence Minister Adam Shareef Umar and... More

Maldives’ engagement with China, Pakistan ‘too secretive’ for India

While the Abdulla Yameen government has lifted Emergency in the Maldives, India remains upset with Male for the opaque manner in which it is carrying out not just its China policy but also its... More

Thirty-two people arrested during emergency still in detention

Renowned Maldives advocate Hisan Hussain has on Wednesday (March 28) claimed that a total of 32 individuals "arrested since the declaration of state of emergency are still in detention." In a tweet made on Wednesday,... More

Stepping back from Maldives, India tells China

India has told China it will not intervene in the Maldives and expects it to reciprocate this measure of “strategic trust” by not crossing certain “lines of legitimacy” even as the two countries size... More

MAHB exits Maldives airport project

Malaysia Airports Holdings Bhd (MAHB) has sold off its entire 23% stake in an airport in Maldives, including its receivables and loans, to joint venture partner GMR Holdings for RM28.5mil cash. The deal marks MAHB... More

China projects worth more than 40% of Maldives GDP

The three largest Chinese projects in the Maldives are worth more than 40 percent of the country’s GDP, according to major new analysis, amid warnings about repayment problems and debt levels. Gateway House, a think-tank... More

UN delegate visits Maldives as ‘coolant’ to political crisis

United Nations has assured a political affairs delegate dispatched from the international watchdog is currently active and present in Maldives to subside the intensified political crisis. The Maldivian branch of UN on Sunday has tweeted... More


On India’s attempts to woo Russia-EEU into economic union

While the US has been cultivating India as its major ally in the region in what the US officials have tacitly called ‘containment’ of China, prospects of this cultivation have become brighter ever since the recent out-break of trade-war between the US and China. While Indian and US interests strongly... More

Comey’s book and Pakistan’s leaders

James Brien Comey Jr served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for four years till fired by President Donald Trump on May 9, 2017. Trump initially claimed this was because of Comey's mishandling of the investigation into the private email of Hillary Clinton. The overriding perception... More

UN says Nasheed’s trial was flawed, but Maldivian govt maintains it...

The UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC), which went into the trial of former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed had listed the flaws in it and asked the Maldivian government to release him to enable him to contest the September 2018 Presidential election. But the government on Sunday rejected the UNHRC’s observations and recommendations... More

Bangladesh election 2018: is there a Sino-Indian stake?

It’s pretty odd to think that Bangladesh elections should be of any interest to China and India given the complete lack of its strategic value. However, Bangladesh maybe becoming a reluctant pawn of sorts in a regional ‘great game’. China’s rising influence in the region and India’s relative decline in what... More

Tripura’s new pitch for Geo-Economics

Biplab Deb is a BJP chief minister with a difference. In a 40-minute interview with this writer last week, he did not mention even once any of the usual saffron agenda -- Ram Mandir, beef, illegal migration from Bangladesh. "My agenda is development, development, development all the way," he... More


Iran to team up with China on nuke development if Trump...

As US President Donald Trump decides whether to reauthorize the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, which he has long wanted to exit or renegotiate, Iranian authorities have announced they will be getting help with their nuclear program from China. "Some negotiations have been held on mutual cooperation and building small nuclear... More

Pinarayi and Gadkari link up on development

The American think tank, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, had featured a riveting ‘curtain-raiser’ to the 2014 poll in India entitled Does Good Economics Mean Good Politics In India? The essay appeared in December 2013 and I’d carefully stored it in my archives, as a fairly prescient analysis of... More

Mutual respect is the key

I will not reach any deal that would go against the national interest of Nepal,” K P Sharma Oli, the prime minister of Nepal, reportedly assured parliamentarians in Kathmandu earlier this week, before heading out to India. That such questions should be asked and answered is a definitive sign... More

Reviving Nepal’s independent foreign policy

The long political transition in Nepal has come to an end with the successful completion of local, provincial and federal elections. A new phase of history beckons Nepal as it has adopted federalism under the new constitution promulgated in 2015. The achievement of economic prosperity has now been prioritized... More



Gorkhaland, Mamata and the Chinese factor

Just a few days ago I warned two young student leaders in Darjeeling of West Bengal, against the violent movement which has started there for a separate Gorkhaland. I told them in no way should they support this demand. This has multifarious geo-political risks. If a Gorkhaland state is... More