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The Maldives: Liberal Democracy or a Jihadist Entrepôt?


The Maldives approaches a critical juncture in its development.  Will it become a stable liberal democracy, or a security risk?

‘The Maldives could be the first liberal democracy in the Islamic world’. Such is the claim of reformists in the chain of over 1,200 islands in the Indian Ocean. Turkey or Indonesia might object, but the Maldivian reformers have a point. After Iraq, you would think that Washington would be considering alternative methods of persuading Muslims to become liberal democrats. The Maldives can claim the longest-ruling leader in Asia: President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, who has been

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