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The US has retained its position as the world's most powerful nation, despite declining respect for its leadership. That's according to US News and World Report, which has released the latest edition of its annual "Best Countries" study. The media organisation evaluated 80 countries across a range of criteria, including cultural history, citizenship, and quality of life. Another key measure was "power," which determined how economically and politically influential a country was and weighed the strength of its international alliances and military. More than 21,000 business leaders, informed elites, and general citizens were surveyed with the goal of discovering how nations are perceived on a global scale.
10.United Arab Emirates
The UAE is one of the world's largest importers of arms and, after Saudi Arabia, has the second-largestdefence budget of any of the Arab states.
9. Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's oil reserves have allowed the country to become one of the wealthiest and most powerful nations in the Middle East. The gulf state has long been viewed as a close ally of the US, the UK, and other Western nations.
For a country with a population of just over 8 million, Israel has an outsize influence on the world stage.
Despite its ongoing Palestinian conflict, the Jewish nation has a strong economy and a high level of education and per capita income for its citizens.
One of the most technologically advanced nations, Japan boasts the world's third-largest economy, having recovered from the 2011 tsunami that shattered its infrastructure and manufacturing.
With a GDP per capita of $42,384 (￡34,581), France boasts one of the largest economies in Europe and is one of the world's top exporters of weapons. Its influence extends around the world "through its science, politics, economics and perhaps above all, culture," US News writes.
Often seen as the economic powerhouse of Europe, the continent's most populous nation has seen its role on the world stage become increasingly important since reunification in 1990.
4. United Kingdom
"The United Kingdom is a highly developed nation that exerts considerable international economic, political, scientific and cultural influence," US News writes.
The rise of China is quite remarkable. Home to 1.4 billion people, the country already has the world's largest military, and experts predict it will be the world's largest economy by 2050.
Russia capitalised on its natural resources to become one of the world's wealthiest nations. Its military spending as a percentage of its GDP continues to outstrip that of countries within NATO by a considerable distance. It currently spends 5.4% of its annual GDP on defence — the closest a NATO country comes by comparison is the US, which spends 3.3%.
Nearly 75% of respondents said they lost "some respect" for US leadership after the 2016 presidential election, but the country is still ranked the most powerful. Its economic, political, cultural, and artistic influence shapes the world, and a mammoth defence budget of about $600 billion (￡494 billion) and its leading economy put it at the top.