THE POWER GAP
Countries can be overperformers or underperformers, irrespective of where they place in the rankings. The Power Gap provides a secondary analysis to the Asia Power Index based on the interplay between resources and influence.
The Index consists of four resource measures, which look at what countries have, and four influence measures, which look at what countries do with that they have.
Countries with outsized influence in Asia relative to their resources have a positive Power Gap. Conversely, countries that exert undersized influence relative to their resources register a negative Power Gap.
More information and analysis on the Power Gap can be found in the Asia Power Index Pocket Book.