Asia’s economic transformation is reshaping the global distribution of power, with profound implications for war and peace in the twenty-first century.

About the Lowy Institute Asia Power Index

The Lowy Institute Asia Power Index is an analytical tool for sharpening debate on power in the Asia-Pacific. The Index ranks 25 countries and territories in terms of their power, 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. Explore state power across eight measures and 126 indicators. Plot the distribution of power in Asia on an interactive map. Compare variations in performance within and between countries. Adjust the principal weightings of the Index. And drill down into tens of thousands of country data points and findings.


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Research Team and Acknowledgements

HERVÉ LEMAHIEU is Director of the Asian Power and Diplomacy Program at the Lowy Institute. Hervé leads the research for the annual Asia Power Index – launched by the Institute in 2018 – and developed the methodology to map the changing distribution of power in the region. Hervé joined Lowy from the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) where he was Research Associate for Political Economy and Security specialising in Southeast Asia. He has also consulted on early warning and geopolitical risk for governments and international organisations. Hervé has an MSc in Global Governance and Diplomacy from the University of Oxford, and an MA in International Relations and Modern History from the University of St Andrews.

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BONNIE BLEY is a Research Fellow for the Asian Power and Diplomacy Program at the Lowy Institute and one of the principal researchers behind the Asia Power Index. Bonnie also conducts research on the Global Diplomacy Index, a digital project which maps the diplomatic networks of 60 countries. She started her career at the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in London, where she supported various outputs, including the Armed Conflict Database, The Military Balance, and the annual IISS Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Bonnie studied at University College London (UCL) and the University of Bologna.

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The principal researchers would like to thank the critical research, review, editorial and digital content contributions of Olivia Adams, Anthony Bubalo, Michael Fullilove, Harriet Goers, Euan Graham, Stephen Hutchings, Alex Oliver, Lydia Papandrea, Roland Rajah and Garrett Stringer on this project.

The Lowy Institute Asia Power Index is supported by the Lowy Institute's Engaging Asia Project, which was established with the financial support of the Australian Government.