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Preliminary Studies on the Maldives (2017_1_40_008)


"The Republic of Maldives is an archipelago of some 1200 tiny, flat coral islands in the Indian Ocean. It has a population of nearly 400,000, and 100 % of the population is Muslim. Though the GDP per capita is US$ 7635(2014), the highest among the South Asian Countries, it depends too much on tourism and fisheries. Further, the Maldives share sustainable development challenges including small populations, limited resources, remote location and susceptibility to natural disasters.

However, the Maldives also face additional challenges. Long-lived regimes were overturned in 2008, well before the Arab Spring. Following this, the Nasheed government fell after a coup in 2012. As a result of the series of political changes, Muslim factors have become more important than before. Economic problems and the huge foreign debt, which were hidden by the former government, have also been brought to the light.

Moreover, Chinese expansion into the Indian Ocean region might cause drastic changes to maritime security in the region.

This project aims to conduct basic research, such as a survey of previous studies on the Maldives.


April 2017 - March 2018

Members of the Research Project
[ Organizer ] Arai Etsuyo
[ Co-researcher ] Imaizumi Shinya
  • Final Report (in Japanese)