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Ranked 10 of 26 for comprehensive power, with an overall score of 19.2 out of 100.

Down 1 ranking in 2021 for comprehensive power.
Lost 1.7 points (−8% change) in overall score.


Thailand is a middle power in Asia.

The country lost 1.7 points in its overall score relative to 2020, and its power ranking fell by one place from last year. It was overtaken by Indonesia.

Thailand performs best in the cultural influence measure, where it places 6th. Its lowest ranking is in the future resources measure, coming in at 15th place.

In 2021, Thailand saw its greatest ranking improvement in the economic capability and cultural influence measures, where it moved up two places for both. However, it has also slipped by two places in the defence networks measure relative to 2020, reflecting its declining importance as a US ally in the region.

Thailand exerts more influence in the region than expected given its available resources, as indicated by the country’s positive power gap score. While Thailand is a net overachiever in Asia, its positive power gap deteriorated 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 Thailand

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

China 21.3%

Japan 11.6%

United States 11.2%

European Union 7.5%

Malaysia 4.3%

Countries influenced by Thailand

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

Laos 50.1%

Myanmar 14.6%

Cambodia 8.5%

Philippines 4.5%

Indonesia 4.3%