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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2019 1:12 p.m. PST

….the World.

"The ‘Audit of Geopolitical Capability 2019‘ reveals that, aside from China, the major Western democracies – not least the UK and US, as well as France, Germany and Japan – still hold a substantial lead over their emerging competitors.

Building on the ‘Audit of Geopolitical Capability' from September 2017, the new study from the Henry Jackson Society provides an assessment of the geopolitical capabilities of twenty major countries, drawn from the G20, with the addition of Nigeria. The organisation say that as more countries have been added, the original framework and methodology have had to be refined, all the data can be found here….."


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28mm Fanatik07 Jan 2019 2:50 p.m. PST

Looks about right. The UK still has a lot of influence around the world even if China's catching up fast. Russia at #10 isn't a surprise either as it's more bark than bite.

JMcCarroll Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2019 2:58 p.m. PST

Look at the numbers next to the country. Don't look at the bar levels.!

Fanch du Leon07 Jan 2019 3:46 p.m. PST

Russia, a regional power? Didn't know that Syria was so close to Russia…

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2019 4:31 p.m. PST

Are these values additive?

If so – the Franco-German alliance is a greater power than anyone.

Vive l'union!

Personal logo Jlundberg Supporting Member of TMP07 Jan 2019 8:44 p.m. PST

Russia is way underrated.

Ghostrunner08 Jan 2019 6:20 a.m. PST

Russia is way underrated.

Putin agrees. He thinks his pecs should be worth at least another 25 points.

Balthazar Marduk08 Jan 2019 9:09 a.m. PST

Fanch du Leon, Syria isn't exactly on the other side of the planet, either.

Fanch du Leon08 Jan 2019 3:25 p.m. PST

Of course it'snt. But as this diagram's categories are superpower, global power, hemispheric power and then regional power, i believe just like Jlundberg that Russia is very underrated. We (France) are closer to Syria, but obviously we were not able to have the same capabilities than Mr Putin in Syria. And by the way, we are greatly overrated. Can't have an autonomous oversea op without a logistical help from the U.S (Mali) and are more and more kicked off Africa by China and the US (and by our own mistakes.)

Thresher01 Supporting Member of TMP08 Jan 2019 6:55 p.m. PST

That's not how I'd rank them.

28mm Fanatik08 Jan 2019 7:45 p.m. PST

I think the question is: Given the relative capabilities of France and Russia, can France do more (i.e., exert more influence) than Russia in Syria if there's the political will?

Russia has really gained much in Syria with the limited resources at its disposal, but France can do so much more if it wanted to (assuming there's no risk of war with Putin or other political costs).

Russia couldn't even afford to keep its apartments safe from gas explosions.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Jan 2019 12:55 p.m. PST

Good point.


Gwydion10 Jan 2019 6:09 p.m. PST

Given Russia's continued support for Syria since 1944 through thick and thin, especially in the recent 'unpleasantness', I should think France has very little regional power compared to Russia to exert in that bit of the Med/Middle East – and it is Russia's 'region' far more than France's these days.

GHECKO2211 Jan 2019 5:22 p.m. PST

There must be another Australia that I don't know about…

Apache 613 Jan 2019 3:12 p.m. PST

Nigeria is likely overrated. They keep losing sizable formations to Boko Haram in their own homeland. Mostly since the Army is poorly trained, supported and led.

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