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China and the Maldives’ presidents attend a welcome ceremony.
China and the Maldives’ presidents attend a welcome ceremony.

China’s Two-Ocean Strategy Puts India in a Pincer

The Chinese foreign minister’s island hopping is the latest sign of contestation over the Indo-Pacific.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

Pompeo Courts the Maldives in Latest Bid to Check China’s Influence

A U.S. Embassy and defense agreements are meant to keep the island nation from falling into Beijing’s orbit.

A participant holds a banner with photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of the presidential palace during a demonstration on Dec. 21, 2018.
A participant holds a banner with photos of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in front of the presidential palace during a demonstration on Dec. 21, 2018.

Defenders of Human Rights Are Making a Comeback

With larger powers in retreat, small countries and civil society groups have stepped up—and they have won some significant victories.

The China Maldives Friendship Bridge, under contusion in Malé, the capital of the Maldives, on Feb. 8. (AFP/Getty Images)
The China Maldives Friendship Bridge, under contusion in Malé, the capital of the Maldives, on Feb. 8. (AFP/Getty Images)
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Democracy Is Drowning in the Maldives

The islands' first democratically elected president is planning a return - but home may not be welcoming.

NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President of the Republic of Maldives, read joint statement after their delegation level meeting at Hyderabad House on April 11, 2016 in New Delhi, India. President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who has embarked a two-day visit to New Delhi, is expected to sign a counter-terror pact with India. Maldives recently arrested 40 of its nationals, who were reportedly fighting alongside the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)
NEW DELHI, INDIA - APRIL 11: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President of the Republic of Maldives, read joint statement after their delegation level meeting at Hyderabad House on April 11, 2016 in New Delhi, India. President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, who has embarked a two-day visit to New Delhi, is expected to sign a counter-terror pact with India. Maldives recently arrested 40 of its nationals, who were reportedly fighting alongside the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq. (Photo by Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

The Maldives Takes Its Place in Indian Ocean Geopolitics

The archipelago has proven capable of using to its advantage regional competition between India and China.

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Exploding Chairs, High Treason, and Political Chaos Rock the Maldives

In just a few weeks, the country has slid from relative stability to political crisis.

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The Maldives in Meltdown

Past the white sand beaches, the country's human rights situation has gone from bad to worse — and this paradise has become anything but.

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