New 'Global Power Barometer'

The Global Power Barometer, a tool that measures and displays the success of nations, ideologies and movements at influencing world events, is now live on PostGlobal, washingtonpost.com and Newsweek's panel blog on international issues.

Developed and updated by Denver Research Group, Inc. (DRGI) based on documents collected from thousands of media, academic, government and other sources around the world, the Global Power Barometer offers a non-partisan indication of which countries and ideologies are successfully achieving their goals on a given day and over the past two to three months.

"We need new tools to help us make sense of the world around us. With our partners at Denver Research Group, we have created an intelligent information aggregator that analyses global trends," said David Ignatius, a Washington Post columnist who, with Newsweek International Editor Fareed Zakaria, is co-moderator of PostGlobal. "The Global Power Barometer offers a clear daily snapshot of what the world is saying and thinking. We can ask questions like who is becoming the dominant power in the Middle East, and the GPB will help us determine the answer."

The Power Barometer is produced by DRGI using trend analysis systems developed by the firm to collect relevant documents from around the world and analyse them in order to answer the question, "Which nations, ideologies and/or movements are most powerful (most successful) in moving global opinion and events in directions they desire?"

Users can see the results of the analysis on an interactive chart which allows them to drill down to a sample of the source documents that contributed to each day's results. They can also read a brief summary of the day's results, and read what DRGI believes are emerging issues and trends in global power.

DRGI, which produces the Global Power Barometer independently for PostGlobal, is a consulting firm that specializes in monitoring, trend projection, strategic planning, and other services to Fortune 200 firms and other public and private clients.

PostGlobal is an online discussion of international issues among dozens of the world's best-known editors and writers.

-- Hal Straus, washingtonpost.com Opinions and Community Editor

By Hal Straus |  November 28, 2006; 7:37 AM ET  | Category:  Content
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As a member of the reality based community, I have to say, get real.

Posted by: Do not buy this paper or advertise in it. | November 29, 2006 01:41 PM

Wow, that's pretty dumb. I'd really like the Post to spend it's time and money making sure it's writers do the best possible job -- not coming up with some website widget. It's called journalism - and since the Post failed in the WMD story, I'm not sure you know what it is.

Posted by: Blah | November 30, 2006 08:06 PM

I predict that George Will will write a column about the incivility of the Internet, cherry picking one or two quotes from the 1700 left on his article, and then never address the substance of why the posters are angry. But oh well - George Will is only read because the Post and the Washington media establishment gives him a spot. In a true free market of ideas, George Will could never earn a living as a thinker. There are about 1000 blogs out there from both the left and the right that have better ideas and insights about current politics that George Will ever had. If the Post wants to stop its circulation decline, it should get rid of the dead weight in its pages and hire real thinkers and writers who don't have to edit reality -- such as misrepresenting the bush/webb exchange -- in order try to give their readers insights. Given that Wills insight --Webb is rude and has bad grammer-- is sooo lame, its even more shameful that he had to willfully misrepresent the conversation at the heart of his argument.

Posted by: doopy | December 1, 2006 04:08 PM

Great, just what we need. Another stupid tool to keep us dumb and prevent us from making our own decisions. We don't need another poll or barometer to determine what countries are doing well in the world in advancing their cause. Report some real news. That's what we need!

Posted by: American Citizen | December 4, 2006 09:18 AM

I like the idea of 'Global Power Barometer'. I like to know more about it, please write more about it. I use mathematical model in the environmental field. Those who will understand the model will benefit from it. Decision making will not be delegated to the model or machine. If done properly, every national policy making center could benefit from the answers to "what if" questions. So, don't be afraid. It will help us think globally, and act locally, and better prepared.

Posted by: Hiranmay Biswas | December 4, 2006 10:20 PM

I like the graphic. If those who criticize it can offer any improvements , go right ahead .
They point out its limitations and tell us that while not a crystal ball it attempts to see what's ahead .

Posted by: seajay | December 5, 2006 06:10 AM

Hmmmm... Israel a country of 5 million is more powerful than India a country of 1 Billion.. or Japan a country of 180 million... hmmmm I wonder if it is true.. of course there is no bias in this country!! Israelies must have super powers we do not know of.. one Isrelie is worth 1,000 Indians!!!!

Have you heard of a bird that has its head stuck in the sand and the ass in the air? Are you that bird Washingtonpost?

Posted by: Al | December 5, 2006 07:39 AM

So the learned pundits given grant money, one assumes, now come up with an exotic measure of the "success of nations, etc." which seems to be nothing more than a slightly aged red herring. (Doesn't pass the sniff test.)

And so resulting in much sound and fury and complexity that signifies nothing!

Why not data on such basic markers of the foundations of national power as strength of currency, degree of corruption in political system, including power of non-elected economic or financial lobbys, extent of basic split in the national body politic, ability to control and know what goods and people enter the borders and ports of the nation, current account balance, whether an international creditor or debtor, the extent of independence or lack thereof in determining foreign policy, and even a judgement as to the apparent competency and intellectual capacity of its leaders, based essentially on whether policies have been developed likely to ensure the above indicators are moving in the right directions.

Now one coould offer a few more real time, practicaL meansurements but who cares as the U.S. careens out of control, apparently, on its merry road to disaster but continues to term itself as the only World Super power!

Hah--Some Superpower--unable to feed, clothe, manufacture desirable gimcracks, etc. or fuel its industrial/pleasure apparatus and so depends of the sale of its assets accumulated by more prudent prior generations or simply issuing fiat paper.

Posted by: KISS | December 6, 2006 01:29 PM

Please let's not deride poor little Israel's six million people by making invidious comparisons with such as India.

Despite what some will tell you, bigger is not always better.

As was noted earlier by a poster, Israel is not a superpower but which would you prefer--- engaging in the expenditures and dislocations implicit in achieving superpower status, if you had the resources, or simply by highly adroit political lobbying groups and sophisticated foreign policy effectively determining the foreign policy of a pet/tame superpower and cherry picking the best of its war materiel along with direct budget transfers?

Under the Post's Denver hirelings measurements surely one would have to place Israel near the top of this list.

What a shame we can't outsource some of this talent and ability on behalf of the U.S. since we need technical assistance in this area urgently big time.

Posted by: KISS | December 6, 2006 01:52 PM

Global Power Barometer?
American people wanted to think that
U.S.A.is red hot on top of the Barometer.
In fact, U.S.A. is only a Zombie with a
Jewish brain and soul.

Posted by: Sukich Kittiaksorn | December 7, 2006 03:51 PM

That was fun and not the brain matter sucking tool of Satan some fear, but actually nice in showing the US not reduced yet by Bush to a stain on the rock bottom. For a while, we can still buy a little love by charging it to our kids.

Posted by: jhbyer | December 10, 2006 03:43 AM

This was fun, doesn't dumb you down, and was kind enough not to depict our Bush bedeviled America as a faded stain at the bottom of the list. My guess is by jacking up the federal debt limit and cutting and running from old New Orleans, now known as No Orleans, we've kept up our foreign aid payments to guarantee a spot a bit above the indomitable Israel. With Bush yet our leader, we have no cause to wish to be higher.

Posted by: jhbyer | December 10, 2006 01:26 PM

Barometers could be as good indicators of world opinion as the Atkins Low Carb Diet was good for weight watchers everywhere, tasteless and impractical. In this season when the heathen Christ is reborn in heathen hearts, we look to the green dollar and there In God we Trust!
Money honey is the true barometer, remember the Bill Gates Y2K scare? He effectively put pressure on all the media junkies and got paid, somehow convincing the world at large that some imminent glitch would kill all the electronic junk! If I were a door to door salesman postglobal and DRGI would be a hard sell. It could have made better reading if you linked wealth and influence, there are no trends boss - it is just that sometimes, times change.


I also thought even the categorization of U.S, CHINA...ISLAMISTS? What about islamists and how do we identify them, and oh, what about Judaists as opposed to Israel? That tool must have somehow forgot White supremacists with leaders Like Bill O'reilly and their followers,throw in Racists too if you want. Finally as far as I am concerned there are the two old and known trends, the rich 1% of world population and the poor 99%, makes one admire the Nazis for being honest!

Posted by: CYPRIAN FORD MECHA | December 11, 2006 03:08 PM

My wife and I had voted Democrat for 30 years, but after hearing about all the scandals, Cythia Mckinney's attack on police, William Jefferons' $90,000 in the freezer, and Harry Ried's boxing tickets, we got so fed up we voted straight Republican.

Posted by: Sid | January 6, 2007 06:03 PM

Ranking nations by a barometer or another ponzy scheme to promote favored nations and demote those who do not fit into the ideology of such pundits. What a waste of time!
http://blameislam.blogspot.com/

Posted by: Ajaz Haque | February 7, 2007 04:19 PM

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