Belarus has ranked as the 35th most powerful country in the world, according to the US News & World Report company report for 2019.
The world’s most powerful countries consistently dominate news headlines, preoccupy policymakers and shape global economic patterns, the report says. Their foreign policies and military budgets are tracked religiously. When they make a pledge, at least some in the international community trust they will keep it.
There was no change this year in the top nine countries seen as world rulers. The top three are the U.S., Russia and China, followed by Germany, the UK, France, Japan, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and South Korea. Lithuania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Latvia, Estonia are considered the least influential countries.
Belarus secured the 45th place among 80 states leaving behind four neighbouring countries: Ukraine (39th), Poland (44th), Lithuania (76th) and Latvia (79th). However, the country is behind New Zealand, Jordan, Vietnam, South Africa, Egypt, Denmark, Norway, Netherlands, Belgium and others.
The power subranking is based on an equally weighted average of scores from five country attributes: a leader, economically influential, politically influential, strong international alliances and strong military.