The long shadow of authoritarianism

, by Himal Southasian

Is the Maldives heading towards a democratic reversal? When the recent revolutions in West Asia and North Africa raised the dissent of the governed to an unprecedented crescendo, President Mohamed Nasheed was quick to remind Maldivians of their shared political trajectory with the Egyptians. [...] Two years after the current Maldivian government assumed power, democracy most certainly has not become ‘the only game in town’ – the happy state of affairs that most experts agree signifies successful completion of the consolidating process. Read more