Despite the uncertainty, the US has retained its position as the most geopolitically powerful nation in the world, according to Henry Jackson Society (HJS), which has released the latest edition of its “Audit of Geopolitical Capability: A Comparison of Eight Major Powers” study.
The think tank evaluated major powers using 35 indicators such as economic might, technological prowess, military length, cultural prestige, among others.
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The United States was perceived as the world’s only superpower, followed closely by the UK and France.
“Power is no blessing in itself, except when it is used to protect the innocent, to relieve the oppressed, and to punish the oppressor, then it becomes a great blessing.” – Jonathan Swift
The 8 most geopolitically powerful countries in the world, 2017:
RANKED: The 8 most geopolitically powerful countries in the world, 2017
Hegemon – A nation with vast and overwhelming resources and capabilities, with the means to extend them pervasively in all regions of the world.
Global Power – A country with substantial resources and capabilities, with the means to extend them in many regions of the world.
Regional Power – A country with moderate resources and capabilities, often lopsided, with the means to focus them in and around its own continental zone.