October 19, 2021

Punching above its weight? North Korea’s role as a “middle power”

Asia Power Index places DPRK in 16th place, but score highlights the country's continued isolation

After debuting the Asia Power Index in 2018, Sydney’s Lowy Institute rolled out an updated version of the tool in late May.

The Index utilizes over 30,000 data points over 126 indicators, which fit into eight thematic areas of power: economic resources, military capability, resilience, future resources, diplomatic influence, economic relationships, defense networks, and cultural influence.