Saturday, May 21, 2016

The most powerful countries in the world ...

An interesting study by a geostrategy consultancy, reported here on the UK defence site, suggests that Britain is the second most powerful country in the world, behind only the United States, in terms of the ability to project power globally.

The study divides nations into Superpowers, Global powers, Regional Powers, and local powers. It finds that the US is the world's only current superpower, and Britain as the only Global Power, putting us ahead of the eight countries ranked as Regional powers which are Russia, China, France, India, Canada, Japan, Germany and India.

This is based on global reach and the proportion of the world in which a nation is capable or projecting military power.

An interesting analysis, but before we get too complacent I think that, despite the fact that this gives NATO countries the top three spots and two more of the top ten, both the UK and other NATO members states need to take a long hard look at what plans we have in place to deal with any further adventurism from the country placed at number five in that list. That will apply whether we are in or out of the European Union.

The problem is not that Vladimir Putin wants to start World War Three, it's that he could very easily touch off something dangerously close to it by mistake if he gets the false idea that the West is not willing and able to defend itself and our allies.

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