80 Bangladeshi workers arrested in Maldives

Maldives Immigration has arrested 80 undocumented workers on Wednesday, in its first operation of the year. Immigration, via twitter, said that the status of expatriate workers was "checked on site" and that 80 were taken in "for further... More

Hotspot – Maldives

Lending money to another country is a well-established tactic to build geopolitical influence and project power. Whether it takes the form of a loan, financial assistance and/or development aid, it brings with it conditions, obligations and ties. In... More

Maldives begin installing surveillance radars by India

Maldives has begun installing the Coastal Radar Surveillance System (CSRR) donated to the Maldives by Indian government. In an interview to Strategic News International of India, Chief of Defense Force of Maldives, Major-General Abdulla Shamaal confirmed the installation... More

Maldives asks China to reduce debt repayments linked to scandals

The Maldives will appeal to Beijing to make concessions on repayments of debt clocked up during the previous administration, which the current government says is tied to illicit activity that ramped up contract costs. “This was wilful corruption,”... More

Maldives’ ex-president Yameen retains PPM leadership

The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Progressive Party of Maldives’ extraordinary congress held days after former president Abdulla Yameen’s election defeat in September was legitimate. It upheld the High Court’s annulment of the Elections Commission’s refusal to... More

Maldives’ cabinet ratifies SAARC framework agreement for energy cooperation

The Cabinet of Maldives ratified SAARC Framework Agreement for Energy Cooperation (Electricity) upon the advisement of the Attorney General. The Cabinet decision came to the following discussion, at today’s meeting. This agreement will facilitate the Maldives to get assistance... More

Climate change is destroying tiny nation: Maldivian FM tells Security Council

"Climate change is destroying our tiny island country for years," Abdulla Shahid, minister of foreign affairs of the Maldives, on Friday told a United Nations Security Council meeting on climate. Addressing the Security Council's open debate on the... More

India, Maldives discuss maritime security, military ties

India and Maldives on Thursday resolved to deepen their maritime security cooperation and give a new momentum to overall military ties during talks between Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and her Maldivian counterpart Mariya Ahmed Didi, officials said. In... More

Maldives president to be chief guest at Sri Lanka’s Independence Day

The Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will be the chief guest at Sri Lanka's 71st Independence Day celebrations which will be held in Colombo on Feb. 4, local media reported Thursday. Internal and Home Affairs and Provincial Councils... More

‘US-Maldives partnership key to Indian Ocean security’

A stronger partnership between the United States (US) and the Maldives remains crucial for promoting maritime security in the Indian Ocean, Maldives foreign minister Abdulla Shahid stressed Wednesday. Speaking during a meeting at the Center for Strategic and... More

Future of Maldives ruling coalition into doubt

The Maldivian Democratic Party-led coalition appears to be on the verge of collapse after Jumhooree Party leader Gasim Ibrahim announced he was open to talks with other parties to jointly contest the upcoming parliamentary elections. After escalating attacks... More

Maldives military refutes ‘third’ Indian helicopter reports

Maldives military on Saturday refuted reports that a third Indian helicopter was being operated in the archipelago. Days after the Maldives military resumed operating the two helicopters after renewing the agreement with its neighbours, several photos showing a... More

India-Maldives security cooperation keeps us safe: Maldivian defence minister

Maldivian defence minister Mariya Didi will be in India from January 23 to 30. This is her first visit after taking charge as country's defence minister under Ibrahim Mohamed Solih's government in November of 2018. Speaking exclusively to... More

1.4 mln tourists visit Maldives during 2018

Tourism Minister, Ali Waheeed stated on Thursday that 1.4 million tourists visited the Maldives during 2018. Speaking at a press conference, the Minister said the tourism industry witnessed a development of 6.8% in the last year. The number... More

Over 60,000 undocumented expats in Maldives, says immigration

Maldives' new immigration chief on Thursday said the estimated number of undocumented expatriates in the archipelago was over 60,000. Immigration controller Mohamed Ahmed during a press conference on Thursday said a total 144,607 expats had been brought in... More

President Solih assures renewed efforts to maintain int’l ties

Maldives was greatly cast aside by the international community when the new government took over administration, said President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on Monday. Speaking to Maldivian residents living in United Arab Emirates, President Solih said the foreign policy... More

Maldives’ ex-home minister plans ‘mass protest’ over India helicopters

Maldives' former home minister Umar Naseer has planned to hold a mass protest over the continued use of the two helicopters gifted by the Indian government. The warning came days after Maldives military had resumed operating the two... More

India replaces advanced light helicopter at Gan Addu Atoll of Maldives

India on Saturday replaced an Advanced Light Helicopter at the Gan Addu Atoll of Maldives, the Coast Guard said. A Coast Guard Ship also entered Hitadhoo port of Maldives for joint Exclusive Economic Zone patrol with the Maldivian Coast Guard from January 13-17,... More

Maldives won’t be used as a plaything for powers in Indian Ocean:...

After Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeated pro-China Abdullah Yameen in the presidential elections in the Maldives last September, he chose India for his maiden state visit last month. In his first interview as President, Solih told Dipanjan Roy... More

Maldives’ Parliament to convene next month

Maldivess first parliament sitting of 2019 has been scheduled for 7th of February. The People's Majlis informed on Thursday that the first sitting of the year would take place at Dharubaaruge. At the sitting, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih will... More

Maldives ex-pres seeks registration of new party

A formal application with 4,000 signatures has been filed with the country's electoral body to register former president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom's new party. The application to register the People's National Congress (PNC) was submitted by party founder... More


Despite controversy, Afghanistan Peace Process makes major strides

Despite Kabul’s publicly made allegations on the US about ‘selling Afghanistan to the Taliban’ in the peace talks, there is little gainsaying that the Afghan-US war has never been so close to ending through settlement than it is now. While Kabul continues to express its anger over being excluded, there is little, given the legitimacy crisis Kabul is itself facing, that even the principal Afghan actors can do to... More

Regulators and conflict of interest

A governmental body created by a legislature to implement and enforce specific laws, a "Regulatory Agency" or a "Regulator" would usually have quasi-legislative functions, executive functions, and judicial functions. Many laws govern social and economic matters, such as income tax, environmental laws, occupational health and safety laws, real estate law, employment laws, etc. A regulatory agency serves two primary functions in govt: implement the laws and enforce the same. Regulations... More

Is Bangladesh an online state?

Bangladesh is an online state with an incredibly high number of virtual citizens. Few can match them in enthusiasm, participation and enjoyment of what the online world offers, good or bad. Much great stuff happens on the net but so does nasty stuff. It’s also a great producer of cultural and otherwise, not to mention, political ones. The recent spate of actions against online content considered “harmful” have spiked, which,... More

How China might undo Saudi plans for Iran?

The recent Saudi bid to increase its economic and political influence in South Asia (Pakistan and India) is, as I pointed out in my previous stories for SAM, largely informed not just by the imperative of a Saudi economic expansion across Asia and avoid economic doom, but also by the objective of snatching Iran’s share of oil market in this part of the world. This is partly one reason... More

Pakistan receives warning from Iran not to join Saudi proxy war

Pakistan has received a stern warning from Iran's Major-General Qasem Soleimani, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps' Qods Force and other senior in the aftermath of the February 13, 2019 attack on their forces by Iranian Baluch militants in the country's restive Sistan and Baluchistan province bordering Pakistan. The new tone from Tehran is a response to Pakistan's recent tilt back toward Saudi Arabia since Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran... More



The fourth summit of the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC), held in Kathmandu on August 30 and 31, was “not fruitful” because of the inherent “weakness” of the regional inter-state institution,... More