Publication in Economics, Politics and Public Policy in East Asia and the Pacific

What neighbours can expect from Modi’s second term

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives with Sri Lanka's President Maithripala Sirisena during his welcome ceremony at the Presidential Secretariat in Colombo, Sri Lanka, 9 June 2019. (Photo: REUTERS/ Dinuka Liyanawatte)

Authors: Arun Upadhyaya and Carter Chapwanya, Shandong University

After inviting heads of BIMSTEC governments to his swearing in ceremony, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited both the Maldives and Sri Lanka within the following 10 days — suggesting that his ‘Neighbourhood First’ policy will be the anchor of his foreign policy for his second term. Read more…

India–Maldives relations improving despite obstacles

Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrive ahead of their meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, 17 December 2018 (Photo: Reuters/Adnan Abidi).

Author: Samatha Mallempati, Indian Council of World Affairs

India–Maldives relations under Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohammed Solih started well. But sustaining the positive momentum will require hard work given complicated domestic politics, external relations and strategic interests.
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International cooperation needed to fight jihadism in the Maldives

Author: Iromi Dharmawardhane, RSIS

Jihadist activity and Islamic radicalism have been visibly growing in the past decade in the Maldives, traditionally a religiously-relaxed Muslim country. The Maldives experienced a terrorist attack in 2007, which wounded 12 foreigners, just prior to the inauguration of President Mohamed Nasheed. During Nasheed’s time in office there was a huge increase in violent extremism and a spread of radical ideology among the population. Read more…