Global wealth and power are shifting eastwards.

Three of the world’s four largest economies are in Asia, and the fourth, the United States, is a Pacific power. By 2025, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in Asia, compared with just over a tenth in the West.

Asia’s economic transformation is reshaping the global distribution of power. Just as significantly, tensions between powers in the region will define war and peace in the twenty-first century.

The Lowy Institute Asia Power Index is an analytical tool to track changes in the distribution of power in the region. It aims to sharpen the debate on geopolitics in Asia.

The Index ranks 25 countries and territories in terms of their capacity to influence regional events — reaching as far west as Pakistan, as far north as Russia, and as far into the Pacific as Australia, New Zealand and the United States.

The project evaluates state power through 126 indicators across eight thematic measures: military capability and defence networks, economic resources and relationships, diplomatic and cultural influence, as well as resilience and future resources.

This 2019 edition of the Index includes a fully updated dataset and tracks annual ranking changes and score trends for each country. Subsequent annual editions of the Index will continue to assess shifts in the distribution in power over time.

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