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Ranked 18 of 26 for comprehensive power, with an overall score of 9.6 out of 100.

Up 1 ranking in 2021 for comprehensive power.
Gained 0.5 points (+5% change) in overall score.


Brunei is a minor power in Asia.

Brunei’s power ranking improved by one place from last year, having overtaken Bangladesh. It is one of just four countries in the region to register an upward change in its overall score, largely due to improvements in its diplomatic influence as a result of its chairmanship of ASEAN in 2021.

Brunei performs best in the resilience measure, where it places 14th. This reflects its internal stability and favourable but declining energy trade balance. Its lowest ranking is in the military capability measure, coming in at 22nd place.

In 2021, Brunei saw its greatest improvement in its cultural influence, where it moved up five places.

Brunei exerts less influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s negative power gap score. While Brunei is a net underachiever in Asia, its negative power gap improved in 2021.

Read more analysis in the Key Findings report . Explore further results in the Scores section.

Bilateral Influence

Bilateral trade, current dollars (2020)

Countries that influence Brunei

Globally, which countries does Brunei do most of its trade with?

Japan 19.2%

Singapore 18.2%

China 17.7%

Malaysia 10.3%

United Arab Emirates 4.1%

Countries influenced by Brunei

Which countries in the region rely most on trade with Brunei?

Singapore 0.3%

Australia 0.3%

Papua New Guinea 0.3%

Malaysia 0.3%

Japan 0.1%