With the rise of the "BRICS" - Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - and the political volatility in the United Kingdom and United States, alongside several mainland European countries, the HJS Global Britain Programme at the Henry Jackson Society created an Audit of Geopolitical Capability in 2017. This aimed to measure how resourceful and capable various countries were in accordance with seven different baskets of indicators: geographic, demographic, economic, technological, diplomatic, military, and cultural. The Audit included eight countries: the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, alongside Germany, India, and Japan.
In 2017, the Audit of Geopolitical Capability revealed that the world's leading powers were:
In mid-January 2019, the HJS Global Britain Programme will relaunch the Audit of Geopolitical Capability, including a wider number of countries. All members of the Group of 20 (minus the European Union, which will be substituted by Nigeria) will be included. Equally, the methodology and framework of the Audit of Geopolitical Capability will be remodelled and reworked.
We would like to set up a micro-website to show the data in an exciting and dynamic environment, allowing users to "re-scale" the position of countries in accordance with a changing geopolitical environment. For example, who would be strongest if the world entered a new "Belle Epoch", and who would be the most secure if the world tumbled into a new cold war...
We need £5000 to make this happen! If you are interested in geopolitics, or the place of specific countries in the world, not least the role of the United Kingdom, then please help us fund this effort!
THE GLOBAL BRITAIN PROGRAMME is a research unit established in 2017 within the Henry Jackson Society. We aim to educate the public on the need for an open, confident and expansive British geostrategic policy in the twenty-first century – drawing on the United Kingdom’s unique strengths not only as an advocate for liberalism and national democracy, but also as a custodian of both the European and international orders.
THE HENRY JACKSON SOCIETY is named after the American senator Henry "Scoop" Jackson (1912-1983). We work across borders and party lines to combat extremism, advance democracy and real human rights - and make a stand in an increasingly uncertain world.