In our increasingly global society, the Minister of Foreign Affairs might be one of the powerful positions when it comes to influencing global politics.
Considering how close we are to World War 3, this is a crucial position that could influence literally the fate of our planet.
Almost every day, new headlines predict that a violent conflict is imminent on a massive scale.
In this article, we discuss the 3 most powerful Ministers of Foreign Affairs in the world today. For each selection, we will discuss what makes this position so powerful within the global system of politics.
Mike Pompeo – United States of America
Mike Pompeo is the current Secretary of State of the United States of America.
This is one of the most powerful positions in the world simply because the U.S. is one of the most powerful countries in the world.
Money is one of the most important indications of a countries sphere of influence. The U.S.’s GDP in 2017 was $18.5 trillion, making it the largest economy in the world.
In addition, the U.S. spends almost $600 billion yearly on its military, which has resulted in one of most advanced and powerful military systems in the world.
Solely on the basis of these two factors alone, you could claim that the U.S. Secretary of State is the most powerful Minister of Foreign Affairs in the world.
What’s interesting, however, is that Donald Trump, the current president of the U.S., constantly undermines the cabinet members he hires, and vice versa. This makes Mike Pompeo all the more powerful, however, because it means many of his actions are being motivated by conflict between him, his boss, and his colleagues.
There is considerable rife within the U.S.’s executive branch due to Trump’s governing style, and as such, no official can truly be trusted. At any point, an official could act out on a whimsy and precipitate a conflict to assert his leadership and power.
Ri Yong-Ho – North Korea
While North Korean expenditures pale in comparison to the U.S.’s, they are also one of the most isolated and mysterious countries in the world.
In particular, the country is one of the few remaining totalitarian states, and most of the citizens have little contact with the outside world.
Combine this level of confinement and dogma with an arsenal of nuclear weapons, and you soon have one of the most powerful and fear-inducing governments in the world.
With this power comes the subsequent valorization of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, whose job is to act as a liaison between his country and the rest of the world.
Ri Yong-Ho, the current Minister of Foreign Affairs for North Korea, majored in English in school and is generally known as an expert negotiator. This makes his ability to temper the unpredictable decision-making of North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, all the more critical for world peace.
Jong-un has been particularly vocal about his willingness to use nuclear weapons. He has repeatedly ordered the country to test ballistic missiles despite international pleas to refrain from such dangerous provocations.
In today’s world, despite the constant potential for violence, most conflict is preceded by a war of words.
As such, any negotiator who is fluent in English – the spoken language of the most powerful country in the world – should also be viewed as one of the most influential officials.
Sergey Lavrov – Russia
Sergey Lavrov is the current Foreign Minister of Russia, which is the largest country in the world by area. On a purely geographical basis, Russia is one of the most powerful countries in the world.
One of the biggest causes of conflict is the geographical dimensions of a country. Borders are often a hotbed for political hostility between adjacent countries.
As the largest country in the world, Russia shares a border with 14 other countries in addition to having access to some of the most lucrative natural resources in the world.
All of this means that Sergey Lavrov, Russia’s liaison with the rest of the world, is a busy man that must navigate many diverse cultures in order to maintain the current level of world peace.
Russia’s top leader, Vladimir Putin, is also a very controversial leader who is known for aggravating conflicts through his rhetoric. This translates to more work for Lavrov who must constantly engage in damage-control to prevent a worldwide epidemic of violence.
Ultimately, the more work an official has, the more power and control he has.
Our Final Thoughts
What’s clear is that the three most powerful Ministers of Foreign Affairs share unpredictable presidents who command countries with significant influence over the world order.
As a figurehead for the countries actions and ideologies, the Minister requires a lot of power in order to maintain peace.
Such power is only elevated in times of conflict, making his job harder and more stressful, but also more potentially impactful.