Middle Power

Is a state that ranks between a major power and minor power. Other than that distinction, the label tells us little about the actual characteristices of the actors. Instead, the category of the middle power compromises a hodge-podge of states distinguished far less by what they are than by what they are not: they are not great powers, major powers, or minor powers. Greatand major powers are invariably large, developed countries; whereasminor powers are mostly small(in terms of territor, population, or both), developing or underdeveloped countries. Middle power, in contrast, run the gamut from small, highly develop countries ( Israel, Denmark, Singapore, Finland) to medium-sized, developed countries (South Korea, Australia, Canada, Spain, Ukraine, South Africa, Argentina) to large, developing countries (Egypt, Mexico, Indonesia, Iran, Philippines, Nigeria). (LMC 2016)


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