The projection of power, of a nation state, into the international arena is based on many elements like geographical location, size, military presence and economy. Many countries are great in size but have been unable to translate that into political influence, for example; Australia and Canada. There are countries like India and Pakistan that have one of the largest militaries in the world. But, Pakistan being an atomic power comes nearly nowhere in the power index of the world. Below are ten most powerful countries in the world. The ranking based on economical growth (GDP), political influence, military strength and size.
10 Most Powerful Countries
10. United Arab Emirates
With a GDP of $0.4023 trillion, UAE ranks 10th on our list of most powerful countries in the world. Although this list is not merely based on GDP levels but incorporates other important elements of a nation state’s power as well. The country is a federation of seven emirates that merged in 1972. Today the World Economic Forum has named it the Arab world’s most competitive economy.
Prior to the discovery of oil, its economy was based on fishing and a declining pearl market. It transformed after 1960 when the country started exporting oil- showing how important oil exports are- since oil caters to most of the world’s energy demands. Its geographical position has given the country great leverage in the trading circles of the world. As the status has begun to be challenged by the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, UAE has started to assert itself politically on the countries of South East Asia.
9. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia possesses the highest crude oil reserves in the world, seconded by the huge gold reserves in the country. It is also the central figure in the Muslim world because of the Holy Ka’abah being located in Mecca, and therefore carries a voice amongst the Muslim nations of the world. The word of the Imam (Head of prayers) of the Ka’abah carries a holy touch for Muslims all over the world. Although the global market for crude oil has declined, the GDP of Saudi Arabia is nearly $0.7484 trillion. The country is a powerful player in the Middle East, because of the war in Syria merely becoming its own proxy war with Iran. Furthermore, Saudi Arabia is the world’s second largest importer of arms. Saudi Arabia also leads a coalition against the Houthi rebels of Yemen.