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September 12, 2017

Audit of Geopolitical Capability: A Comparison of Eight Major Powers

Henry Jackson Society

UK second only to US in major power audit


The UK is the most geopolitically capable country in Europe, and comes second only to the United States globally, according to a major new report by The Henry Jackson Society.

The “Audit of Geopolitical Capability” rigorously evaluated Britain’s standing using thirty-five indicators, and compared the results to seven other major powers – China, France, Germany, India, Japan, Russia and the United States.

The categories analysed included economics, technological prowess, military strength and cultural prestige.

Commenting on the report, the Executive Director of The Henry Jackson Society, Dr. Alan Mendoza, said:

“For all the doom and gloom surrounding the implications of Brexit, the reality shines through that the UK remains a leading global power nation, with immense soft and hard power capabilities. The lesson of this report is clear: our future is what we choose to make of it”.

The author of the report and Director of the Global Britain Programme at The Henry Jackson Society, James Rogers, said:

“After Brexit, some are worried that the UK is about to begin a period of economic and geopolitical decline. But what this audit makes clear is that far from beginning the Brexit process from a position of weakness, the UK is in a remarkably strong position.

“When you analyse data regarding British military strength, technological prowess and cultural prestige, the UK is second only to the United States in its capabilities. Even in relation to economic or diplomatic capacity, it is consistently in the top five countries.”

To read the full report click here. To download the infographic of countries scaled by rank, click here. 

To read our “Towards “Global Britain”: Challenging the New Narratives of National Decline” click here.