Advantage India in struggle with China over Maldives

Known to wealthy travellers for its white-sand beaches and luxurious resorts, the Maldives has emerged as the latest arena for the intensifying geostrategic rivalry between China and India — two Asian giants vying for influence in the... More

China’s infrastructure diplomacy takes a beating in Asian elections

China's bets on friendly leaders around Asia continue to backfire, with the shock election defeat of Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen last Sunday casting fresh doubt on Beijing's strategy for building regional influence. Former Maldivian President Mohamed Nasheed, the... More

Maldives election body endorses opposition leader Solih’s victory amid threats

The Elections Commission of Maldives on Saturday officially declared opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih winner of the country’s national election, defeating president Abdulla Yameen who had sought a delay in publication of the final results. The Election Commission... More

Maldives teeters towards post-election chaos

Days after an election that was widely viewed as a proxy contest between China and India for influence in the Indian Ocean republic of Maldives, the popularly ousted pro-Beijing incumbent is maneuvering to retain power through a... More

Maldives military backs ‘will of the people’ after election

The Maldives' military chief on Wednesday (Sept 26) quashed speculation that outgoing President Abdulla Yameen would try to cling on to power, telling the nation that the armed forces would "protect the will of the people". Yameen decisively... More

Maldives President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih calls India the island nation’s ‘closest ally’

Narendra Modi called Solih on Monday to congratulate him on his election victory and talk about bilateral ties. Maldives President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih calls India the island nation’s ‘closest ally’ Maldives President-elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih | Maldives Democratic Party/Twitter Maldives... More

Maldives opposition still quiet over coalition agreement

The Maldives opposition remained quiet Wednesday over details of a coalition agreement that was only vaguely mentioned in the campaign manifesto. The joint candidate of four opposition parties, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Sunday defeated President Abdulla Yameen in... More

Maldives must tread carefully as it seeks to rebalance ties with China,...

China is “bracing for the worst” after the Maldives voted to oust Beijing-friendly President Abdulla Yameen, analysts said on Monday, while warning that the island nation should tread carefully as it seeks a new balance in its... More

China, India should cooperate in Maldives

Opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohamed Solih won the Maldives' presidential election on Monday with 134,616 votes, defeating incumbent President Abdulla Yameen who received 96,132 votes. In a statement, India's foreign ministry congratulated Solih, saying, "This election marks not... More

Transition of power underway, says Maldives pres elect

Maldives' presidential transition has been initiated from Tuesday, the country's president elect Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said vowing to bring much needed change to the archipelago. Speaking during an impromptu main opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) national council sit-down,... More

China urges ‘stability’ in Maldives after opposition wins presidential election

China on Tuesday called for “continuity and stability” in the Maldives after Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the leader of an opposition that has vowed to review Chinese projects, defeated incumbent president Abdulla Yameen in a weekend election. China and... More

Why are China and India so interested in the Maldives?

The Maldives, long a popular tourist destination, has grown in strategic importance in recent years as China and India vie for influence in the region, and as Beijing pushes ahead with its global trade and infrastructure plan. Spread... More

Maldives President Abdulla Yameen concedes defeat after shock election result

The strongman leader of the Maldives on Monday conceded defeat in the presidential election, easing fears of a fresh political crisis in the archipelago at the centre of a battle for influence between India and China. “The Maldivian... More

Surprise defeat for pro-China Maldivian strongman Yameen, but India shouldn’t celebrate yet

The just concluded presidential elections in Maldives have handed a surprise defeat to the pro-China president Yameen Abdul Gayoom and victory to joint opposition candidate Ibrahim Mohammed Solih or Ibu, thus making Maldives the fourth state in... More

Diplomatic enclave: Newer ties

This year is the year for elections in South Asia and has already brought unexpected electoral changes in all three elections held in 2018. From Nepal to Pakistan and most recently in Bhutan, which has just conducted... More

Maldives holds presidential election as China and India vie for influence

The Maldives' presidential election has been dubbed a "referendum on freedom." As China gains more political influence across the archepelago, India wants an electoral setback for "pro-Beijing" President Yameen. The Maldives will hold its third multiparty presidential election... More

Who will come out on top in Maldives election – and are...

More than a quarter of a million people will vote on Sunday for the next leader of the small Indian Ocean nation of the Maldives in an election criticised internationally for a lack of transparency and suppression... More

Maldives heads to polls amid criticism over fairness of vote under President...

More than a quarter of a million people will vote on Sunday (Sept 23) for the next leader of the tropical Maldives in an election criticised internationally for a lack of transparency and suppression of government critics. President... More

Maldives Pres pledges creating 600K new jobs by 2023

Maldives president Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom has pledged to create 600,000 new job opportunities in the country by 2023 should the public decide to re-elect him for a second term. While addressing to the questions at the presidential... More

Dozens of Bangladeshis need aid after fire in Maldives

Dozens of Bangladeshi workers have been left without basic necessities after a fire, the Maldivian Red Crescent said Sunday as it appealed for public donations. The fire, at a housing ministry labour quarter, was extinguished shortly after it... More

Maldives presidential candidates urged to affirm press freedom

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Maldives' two presidential candidates to give firm undertakings to respect press freedom after the Indian Ocean archipelago's leading independent TV channel, Raajje TV, was forced to pay another record fine last... More


Afghanistan: The big story of massive aid waste

There are ghost soldiers; ghost police officers; ghost clinics and even ghost patients in Afghanistan. There are billions of dollars spent on papers, but there is very little on the ground. As such, despite spending billions on controlling narcotics to improving health conditions and the state of security, Afghanistan remains a country with too many ill-conceived programs and too little progress made on every front. The story of the massive... More

Parties over people

With elections to Bangladesh’s JatiyaSangsad (National Assembly) now declared to be held on December 23, the political scene in the country will enter a new phase. The announcement was sudden but not really unexpected given the way politics developed over the past few weeks. The Awami League is not in a mood to listen to the others. Her main opponent, the JatiyaOikkyo Front, led by Dr Kamal Hossain and... More

Ensuring challenges provide opportunities

The situation in our country in the wake of global and internal changes affecting Pakistan has evoked multiple challenges. Not to get bogged down by their sheer number it seems important to analyse each and every challenge that the country is facing. These need not only a reaction from the state to tackle them but as an opportunity for developing new vistas of understanding for responding to the problems... More

Mixed messages from Myanmar’s bye-elections

Analysts are pouring over the results of Myanmar’s bye elections in Myanmar, vainly trying to read the tea leaves, and perhaps reading too much into them. But it was certainly a wake-up call for both major parties – the ruling National League for Democracy (NLD) and the previous governing party, the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP) – but the lessons that can be drawn for the future are... More

The Eurasian concept

When continents are defined as “mainly continuous expanses of land” one is left wondering why Europe and Asia, though very much a continuous land mass, have been perceived through centuries as two separate continents. One major reason may be that the western end of the Eurasian landmass took a very different turn in its development, with renaissance, scientific and industrial revolutions and ‘modernity’ changing its economic, social and intellectual... 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