Interactive Tool Determines Most Powerful Nations, Ideologies Daily

Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive, a leading publisher of award-winning news and information Web sites, today announced the launch of the Global Power Barometer (GPB), a tool that measures which nations, ideologies or movements are most powerful based on how successfully they influence global opinion and events.

Located on PostGlobal, washingtonpost.com and Newsweek.com’s panel blog on international issues, the Global Power Barometer (GPB) is a striking visual monitor updated each weekday by the research firm Denver Research Group, Inc. using a weighted sample of thousands of influential sources from the media, academia, governments, and NGOs from around the world. The GPB offers a non-partisan indication of the most powerful nations and ideologies on a given day without judging those group’s policies or values.

“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 analyzes global trends,” said David Ignatius, a Washington Post columnist who, with Fareed Zakaria of Newsweek, 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.”

“With the whole world connected via the Internet, power is no longer reserved for those with the largest military or economy. Rather, groups have learned to maximize their power by creating alliances and utilizing the Web,” explains Caroline Little, CEO of Washingtonpost.Newsweek Interactive. “We developed this tool with the hope that when combined with the opinions and analyses of the PostGlobal international team, the GPB will stimulate informed discussion and debate.”

Transparency in Reporting: Clicking on “Decoding Today’s Chart” takes the reader to a bulleted explanation of the observations and drivers for the current chart, as well as archived paragraphs from earlier days and weeks. Clicking on an individual country or group on the chart displays a representative sample of sources used in determining the power shift for that day.

Looking at What’s Next: As it tracks and analyzes thought and actions across the world, the Global Power Barometer (GPB) frequently catches sight of issues that will impact global politics. These are the issues that likely will move the icons in coming weeks. The “What’s Next” button allows the reader to access “Emerging Issues,” which is a simple listing of issues, players, events, political intrigues or other items that the PostGlobal team believes may become important in coming days or weeks.

Tracking Movements: The reader can click on the time bar at the top of the chart to watch movement of the icons over the current week. Clicking on any of the dates stops the chart at that specific date. The movement in previous weeks can also be viewed by clicking “Other Weeks.”

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