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  • Can Maldives Avert a Constitutional Crisis?

    The emergence of the third political candidate Qasim Ibrahim of the Jumhoory Party has made the present political landscape in Maldives intensely competitive and antagonistic with petitions and counter allegations over the election process. This in all possibility might lead to a long period of political instability.

    October 26, 2013

    Maldives: Hiccups in Democratic Transition

    The Maldives presidential runoff election has been postponed indefinitely further widening the political dispute. The uncertainty highlights the challenges the young democracy faces, having held its first-ever multiparty election in 2008.

    September 25, 2013

    Poll time in Maldives

    President Waheed has opted for an early election, which is scheduled for September 7. Despite reservations expressed by many political parties, the election process is truly underway that could restore democracy in the country.

    July 29, 2013

    Net Security Provider: India’s Out-of-Area Contingency Operations

    Net Security Provider: India’s Out-of-Area Contingency Operations
    • Publisher: Magnum Books Pvt Ltd

    The report analyses previous deployments of the Indian military outside its borders, including in United Nations Peacekeeping Operations (UNPKO), evacuation of Indian citizens from conflict zones and in active operations like Sri Lanka from 1987–90 and the Maldives in 1988. It then examines the current capacity and trends for executing such operations. Finally, it makes recommendations not only for the Armed Forces but for other relevant agencies as well, such as the Ministries of Defence and External Affairs, the National Security Council and the Cabinet Secretariat.

    • ISBN 978-93-82512-00-4,
    • Price: ₹. 395/-
    • E-copy available

    India’s Neighbourhood: Challenges in the Next Two Decades

    India’s Neighbourhood: Challenges in the Next Two Decades
    • Publisher: Pentagon Security International

    The chapters in the book take a prospective look at India's neighbourhood, as it may evolve by 2030. They underline the challenges that confront Indian policymakers, the opportunities that are likely to emerge, and the manner in which they should frame foreign and security policies for India, to maximise the gains and minimise the losses.

    • ISBN 978-81-8274-687-9,
    • Price: ₹. 995/-
    • E-copy available

    Chinese Engagement with the Maldives: Impact on Security Environment in the Indian Ocean Region

    This article explores the objectives of China's engagement in the Maldives and how the current administration of the country is responding to it. The article also looks at how the Maldives has been used by major powers in the past. On the basis of these analyses, it envisages the path that Maldivian foreign policy is likely to follow in the future and its likely impact on the security environment in the Indian Ocean region.

    March 2012

    Sairam asked: In what way political unrest in Maldives affects India’s security?

    Anand Kumar replies: The Maldivian archipelago is quite close to the southern tip of India. Hence, any instability in the Island nation is likely to impact directly on India’s security. Pakistan-based terror groups have been eying Maldivian islands to set their bases. One prominent group in this regard is Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT). Countries inimical to India’s interest have also been trying to get a foothold in Maldives. Prominent among them are China and Pakistan. The instability in Maldives could be used by them to strengthen their position vis-à-vis India in the Island nation.

    India and the Maldivian Malady

    The challenge before India is to make sure that it stands on the side of popular aspirations, democratic and secular values and representative forces in its immediate periphery.

    February 15, 2012

    Anand Kumar Interviewed By Zee News, Amar Ujala on existing Situation in Maldives

    February 13, 2012

    Associate Fellow, IDSA, Dr Anand Kumar was interviewed by Zee News and and Hindi daily Amar Ujala on the existing situation in Maldives.

    The Imperative of Deep Engagement with Maldives

    India must deal with the situation in a calm and mature manner since an unstable Maldives can have serious regional security implications as well as impact upon India’s security.

    February 13, 2012