Maldives’ Presidential Election Was Not a Referendum on India or China
By Mimrah Abdul Ghafoor
Local political maneuvering and pressing domestic issues – not geopolitics – drove most Maldivians’ voting decisions.
What to Expect From Maldives’ New President
Mimrah Abdul Ghafoor and JJ Robinson discuss the domestic politics behind President-elect Muizzu's win and the foreign policy implications going forward.
Maldives’ Presidential Elections: What’s Next?
By Rishabh Yadav
What the first round results tell us about the September 30 run-off – and what that will mean for Maldives' geopolitical position moving forward.
Maldives Presidential Election Heads to a Run-off
By Krishan Francis
The September 30 vote will see the pro-China frontrunner Mohamed Muizzu pitted against the pro-India incumbent Mohamed Solih.
Damaging and Disingenuous: Evaluating the ‘India Out’ Campaign in Maldives
By Mimrah Abdul Ghafoor
When it comes to India, a stark contrast emerges when comparing Abdulla Yameen’s current campaign rhetoric with his previous actions as president.
China-India Choice Splits Maldives Presidential Politics
By Shantanu Roy-Chaudhury
As Maldives looks to parliamentary and presidential elections in September 2023, the China-India choice maps neatly on to domestic political divides.
Maldives’ 2023 Election Will Shape Indian Ocean Geopolitics
By Mimrah Ghafoor
Both China and India have a stake in the drama surrounding the Maldives' upcoming presidential election.
The China-India Cold War in Maldives
By Rangoli Mitra
Beijing and New Delhi's jostling for influence in Maldives cannot be separated from the island nation's domestic political wrangling.
Opposition in Maldives Continues Its ‘India Out’ Campaign as Both Countries Deepen Defense Ties
By Sudha Ramachandran
Expanding economic cooperation is an important part of the deepening India-Maldives bond. Yet it is the military component of the relationship that is the target of the Maldivian opposition so far.
JJ Robinson on the Maldives’ Return to Democracy
By Shannon Tiezzi
Two years after a surprise opposition victory in the polls, Maldivian democracy is still tenuous.
Maldives Ex-Vice President Jailed Again for Money Laundering
By Associated Press
Ahmed Adeeb pleaded guilty to all counts in a corruption case that also implicated former President Yameen Abdul Gayoom.
Chinese Envoy in Maldives Pushes Back on ‘Debt Trap,’ Free Trade Agreement Concerns
By Ankit Panda
The Chinese envoy rejected the characterization of a 2017 free trade agreement between Male and Beijing by the incumbent speaker of the house and former president.