According to Alice Lyman Miller, Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School, the definition of a superpower is “a country which has the capacity to project dominating power and influence anywhere in the world, and sometimes, in more than one region of the globe at a time, and so may plausibly attain the status of global hegemony”. A superpower is not only militarily strong but also has a strong economy, scientific pool as well as is self sufficient and politically stable.
Here, we have tried to collect data of various specs which dominates a countries position in Super Power index
A strong Asian nation, which is now considered to be in Europe, is a new candidate for joining European Union. Turkey is the major Muslim country which has successfully integrated religious tradition with the modern world’s style to progress in the race. It is the voice of Muslim world and maintains the most powerful conventional military in the middle east. The 10th position is shared by Canada, Italy and South Korea.
One of the largest coffee exporter and 5th largest country in the world (area wise), Brazil is believed to be a potential super power of the future. Brazil along with India, China, and Russia forms the BRIC nations. BRIC itself is the group of countries who are emerging as a super power. Situated in the continent of South America, Brazil maintains good relations with almost every country in the continent. Brazil’s timezone matches with US and hence Brazil gets advantage in doing oversea business with American clients.
#8. United Kingdom
There was a day when the Sun never used to set in the British Territory. Today, after the decolonization of most of the world, UK occupies a small place in the world. Extreme High quality Universities and Research labs makes the UK a place where quality human resources are generated. A nuclear power and a permanent member of UNSC, UK is considered to be one of the most advanced county in West Europe. Most of UK’s policies and decisions are similar to the US. UK and US share almost similar interests in every field.
Largest Democracy and thousand years old history, India has a strong cultural influence throughout the world. While Indian music and Indian movies are very popular in the third world, Indian tradition and spirituality attracts many youths as well as elderly from the western world. India is almost self sufficient in food and feeds other nations as well, being the top exporter of major cereals. India maintains a strong position in the subcontinent and its comments, policies and diplomacy are studied very carefully by the current superpowers. Economically, India is one of the fastest growing countries, with new and new infrastructure coming up in the country daily. Indian firms have been successful in attracting jobs from other countries, specially US, American companies themselves preferring Indians over American due to its highly skilled resources. Militarily, India maintains one of the top 5 Army, Navy and Air force of the world. Though is not a signatory of NPT, it is considered and recognized by the world as the only trusted nuclear power outside NPT. The only area where India lacks is the poor rate of literacy and poverty and a high population, which is growing day by day, causing stress and burden on the current cities which are unable to handle the crowd.
Attacked by Americans with nuclear bombs in 1945, who would have thought that Japan will become the country whose electronics gadgets will be found in every American households in 2011? Japan is militarily weaker and is very much relied on imports for food and fuel. Time to time, it is hit by natural calamities creating disturbance in the region. Japanese electronics and Advanced vehicles are top in the market competition.
After the WWII, Germany was broken into two pieces and was exploited by the Western nations and Soviet Union. Still Germany, after the unification in 1990, managed to come back as a regional power. With a powerful economy and its export competitiveness, has made its dominant influence in the Eurozone. World class universities and research facilities are the home of various interesting researches in the world.
A great economy in the west, France maintains a powerful military and Airforce. A respectable nuclear power and a permanent member of UNSC, it is influential globally and in the EU. Its language is one of the most popular among the foreign language course around the world. It also has favorable demographic indicators in ageing Europe; compared to other European countries, young generation in France is more in the total population.
An Erstwhile Superpower in the form of Soviet Union, Russia still maintains that power and respect in the world. According to many, Russia is the only country in front of which America’s big brother attitude doesn’t work. Despite of having a great advanced military, strong policies and a stable economy, Russia’s influence as well as its interest on the world events is declining, which is one of the factors of its fall from number 2 position to number 3. Rich in natural resources, Russia is self sustained in fuel and mineral and has the ability to influence other countries for fuel export. Due to Recession and Chinese military catch up, Russia was overtaken by China in 2008, though it still deserves the title of the Third Superpower.
China has created a worldwide unbeatable manufacturing and export empire. Its product can be found in every household. With one of the largest Military in the world and economy growing at the fastest pace, China deserves the 2nd position in the Superpower index. It is a nuclear power as well as a permanent member of the UNSC. China is active on various economic as well as regional forums to extend trade ties and search for new opportunities. China is quick in grabbing the deals and projects in Africa, which has lot of scope for development and has abundant natural resources.
USA is still the true superpower since the cold war time. US maintains worlds strongest as well as most advance conventional military. It is the largest exporter of sophisticated weapons and the largest economy in the world. Other economies of the world are so dependent on US that if anything wrong happens in the US markets, it affects the whole world. US currency dominates the trade world. Their movies and media has great influence in the world. US, also known as the land of opportunity, has been rated as the best place to work or study.
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