Friday 23 Aug 2019 | 13:41 | SYDNEY
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  • 23 Aug 2019 12:00

    A middle-power moment

    Countries banding together in a multilateral response to great-power competition seems to be on the way up.

  • 23 Aug 2019 06:00

    Modi vs Wild: Political survivor

    The Indian PM goes to extremes to show off his fearlessness – and to run away from an avalanche of controversy.

  • 22 Aug 2019 14:00

    Australia in the Gulf: The order-based rules

    Scott Morrison backed the Iran nuclear deal to reinforce “the rules-based international system”, only to be Trumped.

Maldives

Island diplomacy: a storm in the Maldives

The Maldives, with its sun-soaked resorts and vivid turquoise waters, epitomises luxury and Instagram perfection for a breed of cashed-up holidaymakers and honeymooners. But the reality of the island nation is vastly different: creeping Salafism and hijabs, political uncertainty, and a gradual