North Korea is a middle power in Asia.
North Korea’s ranking for relative power has dropped by one place from last year, having been overtaken by the Philippines.
The country’s fall in relative power is driven largely by a precipitous drop of seven rankings in the diplomatic influence measure, after meetings between the leaders of North Korea and the United States failed to translate into meaningful concessions for Pyongyang.
North Korea’s best performance continues to be in military capability, where it again placed 6th. Its lowest rankings are in the economic relationships and cultural influence measures, coming in at 26th place, reflecting the country’s economic and cultural isolation from the broader region.
Despite access to nuclear weapons, North Korea exerts less influence in the region than expected given its available resources. Its negative power gap further deteriorated in 2020.
Read more analysis in the Key Findings report. Explore further results in the Scores section.
A country’s weighted average across eight measures of power