Nepal is a minor power in Asia.
The country has defied a prevailing regional downward trend with an unchanged overall score over the past year.
In 2021, Nepal climbed the rankings for future resources, diplomatic influence and defence networks. However, it fell by one place in the military capability measure, reinforcing its vulnerability as a landlocked country between two more powerful neighbours — China and India.
Nepal exerts less influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s negative power gap score. While Nepal is a net underachiever in Asia, its negative power gap improved in 2021.
A country’s weighted average across eight measures of power