There is a huge amount of books and works which have been published throughout the centuries on geopolitics and the rise and fall of world powers (the most recent example is perhaps the antagonism which tainted the USA and former USSR relations in the previous century). Currently, the world’s geopolitical scene is markedly different. For decades, and ever since the demise of the USSR after a raging Cold War which unfolded to the advantage of the USA, America has become the only supreme power in the world. This situation has led many to reshuffle their packs of cards and rethink their political strategies: the USA wasn’t only mighty (militarily), but they were also captivating in the sense that they presented a new development model to the entire world, based on scientific and technological progress and a very refreshing do-it-yourself ethos (in marked contrast with socialist Europe). Anything was possible in America (the American Dream).
In this modern context, and relative to how modern countries have evolved (the mistakes they committed and the innovations they implemented), I would like to ask the following question:
What would a country such as ours need to focus on in order to attain global presence?
I realize that it is a complex question, but perhaps if we consider the elements of strength and weaknesses of the USA and the EU for example, we could identify some factors which are crucial to shaping modern geopolitical landscapes.