Weapons or Economy Makes the Powerful Nation: An Analysis


  • Muhammad Shahid Riaz Moazzam Lecturer, Department of Political Science, Govt. Sadiq Egerton Graduate College Bahawalpur, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Sajid Maqsood Lecturer, Department of History, Govt. Associate College Kabirwala, Khanewal, Punjab, Pakistan




Economy, Globalization, Military power, Nation, National interest, Power, Security, War, Weapon


The study evaluates what nations need to become powerful, economy or weapons. The main objective of the study is to explore the significance of economy or weapon for a nation. The study adopts the secondary qualitative method with data analysis techniques of content analysis to describe the study's objectives and variables. Power is a subjective term subject to growth and decline over time. Weapons and the economy are both powerful tools of powerful nations, and in today's time, both are necessary for nations to have. A weapon is a tool with which a nation safeguards its national boundaries from the threats of rival nations. Economic growth/advancement is another powerful tool with which nations attain resources necessary to finance the advancement of weapons to protect national boundaries. Both are interconnected and go side by side with one another; without any, a nation could not become powerful. Decades ago, China was not assertive compared to the USA, but in recent times, China is aligned to be the world's next superpower. The USA did not lose its power or influence or face a decline in its power. However, China has gained economic significance, bringing China next in line to become a world superpower. The study has utilised previous researchers' work to evaluate what makes a nation powerful. The findings of the study depict that for a nation to be powerful in recent times, economic growth is the priority, followed by advancement in the military to safeguard national borders and national interests.





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Moazzam, M. S. R., & Maqsood, S. (2023). Weapons or Economy Makes the Powerful Nation: An Analysis. Annals of Human and Social Sciences, 4(2), 513–522. https://doi.org/10.35484/ahss.2023(4-II)47