Top Ten Most Strategically Located Countries
Well, this list is pretty ridiculous top to bottom. America is not any more "strategically located" than most other countries located next to water and yet it's in second because Americans just constantly vote for their own country. And it's the same with basically every other item on here. Sigh.
Most trade routes in Eurasia have to go through Turkey. Istanbul, the most strategic city in the world, controls important land and sea trade routes. It is situated at the gateway of the Black Sea, and it also controls trade routes coming from either Europe or Asia.
It's basically in the middle of the old world, it's close to everywhere, it controls the only way between the black sea and the mediterranean sea, it has lands in both europe and asia. The lis goes on and on.
Turkey connects Europe and Asia, has control of the very important Bosphorus strait, geographic center of land mass on earth is located in Turkey and very close to Russia, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Israel.
The US has the largest contiguous region of arable land in the world overlaid by a large network of waterways, flanked by two mountain chains, flanked by two oceans. Major population centers on both the Pacific and Atlantic, gives it economic and strategic flexibility in response to global trends/events. The distance between the Americas and Eurasia-Africa provides strategic isolation from other major powers. With no regional competitor, the US has dominant influence in the Americas and has, paradoxically, significant global reach despite the distances involved. This also allows the US to shield itself from many negative consequences of global events, instead choosing how and when to engage with most of the world.
The US also resides almost entirely within the northern food belt, between 30 degrees north and 50 degrees north.
How could it be that Iran of all places would be the most strategic.I get that it's in the center of the world but so what it's a desert and it only touched one ocean
Not to close to enemies. Closer to Allies.
Iran is home to one of the world's oldest civilizations, beginning with the formation of the Elamite kingdoms in the fourth millennium BC. The country's rich cultural legacy is reflected in part by its 22 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the third-largest number in Asia and eleventh-largest in the world. Iran is a multicultural country comprising numerous ethnic and linguistic groups. ...read more.
The port of Chabahar is one of the most important ports in all over the world. The port of Chabahar is located on the Makran coast of Sistan and Baluchistan Province, next to the Gulf of Oman and at the mouth of Strait of Hormuz. It is the only Iranian port with direct access to the Indian Ocean. Being close to Afghanistan and the Central Asian countries of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan etc., it has been termed the "Golden Gate" to these land-locked countries.
The Strait of Hormuz is a strait between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. It provides the only sea passage from the Persian Gulf to the open ocean and is one of the world's most strategically important choke points. Around 20% of the world's oil passes through the strait.
Considering Caspian Sea in the North and Persian Gulf in the South, Iran is in the centre of the Silk Road as it is the only land that connect the East to the West.
Has access to two strategic body of waters. Contrils huge oil and gas resources. Has a long long history and is actually one of the oldest countries in the world. And this list goes on...
Located in the middle of Europe's highest mountains. Undesirable to attack.
One of the greatest contributors to the world economy and expertise along with China. Historically powerful.
It controls the Indian Ocean!
Pakistan due to its Geo-strategic location and only Muslim Nuclear capability is in eyes of all powers (China, America, Russia) and enemies (India, Israel) but looking at past of Pakistan we can get that Pakistan is unbeatable in war like situation. Pakistan fought 4 major wars with India and indirect war with Israel and Russia. We accept that we lost 1971 war against India but rest we won. Pakistan fought for Palestine, Syria and Afghanistan against Israel and Russia.
Pakistan is located in a geo-strategic location inbetween Central Asia, South Asia and West Asia (Middle East) on the historic Silk Road that connected Asia and Europe. To the North is China and to the South the Arabian Sea and the mouth of the strait of Hormuz. To the West Iran and Afghanistan and to the East India with a population of over 1 billion people. Many landlocked Central Asian countries depend on Pakistan for trade and through CPEC China has reduced its shipping trade distance by thousands of miles.
Pakistan is the gateway to central Asia. To cross between the middle east to central Asia or south asia you will have to go through Pakistan. Pakistan is also situated at the mouth of the strait of hormuz. It is also quite easy to defend as it's surrounded by natural defences as if it was created by God as a natural fortress
It has a port plus a great land locked position with it amazing diversity of weathers and terrain
No country can match Pakistan when it comes to beauty, diversity and location!
Somalia is located on the mouth of redsea where large trade volume of the world passes. It has also cape Gardafou at which arabian sea, gulf of aden and Indian ocean meet which is appropriate for trade hub and transport ports.
Really in this world the best country to live is somalia.
Very unique location to coordinate both aerial and sea operations
Very strategic place
Naval Power = POWER... The location of the Philippines is a fortress itself..
and it can rule the entire Pacific... Blocking all the trade in almost half of the world will be cause to a worldwide economic crisis.. That's why Philippines is a greatest threat to China if the Philippines will be under controlled by the US. also in the other way around... the Philippines will be a threat to US if the China will take over the Philippines.
The position of the Philippines is the Perfect Place to form a powerful fortress, guarding the largest ocean in the world, the Pacific.
Sandwiched by South China Sea and the Pacific Ocean, this archipelago would be a very important route for trade if a war in East Asia breaks (Taiwan vs. China, Japan vs. China, or the Korean War). Ships can pass through the vast sea lanes within the archipelago to reach the Pacific or South East Asia. This regions are home of almost half of the world's population and has one of the highest trade activities in the world.
With its strategic location isolated from its neighboring countries by sea, Its hard to invade the archipelago.
Philippines is great
In history It was captured multiple times mainly cause of Its strategic location,surrounded by the Middle East and Greece It makes sense why It had many conquerors.
A country located between Europe, Asia, and Africa.
Very strategically located with a business friendly government
Located at focal point of the Middle East, the Balkans and northern Africa
Gateway to europe
Italy covers an area of 301,338 km2. With almost 62 million inhabitants, it is the 3rd most populous EU member state. Located in the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia, San Marino and Vatican City. The Capital and largest city is Rome. Other major cities are Milano, Naples, Turino, Venice, Florence. Italy's official language is Italian.
The contribution of Italy to Western civilization is immense. Italy is the cradle of Etruscan civilization, the Roman Empire, the Holy See, the Maritime Republics, the Humanism and Renaissance. Along with Germany and France, it was part of the Holy Roman Empire (25 December 800 - 6 August 1806).
Existing as a unitary State since the Risorgimento (renaissance or resurrection) in 17 March 1861, Italy is a republic since the abolition of the Italian monarchy by referendu, in 1946. ...read more.
Italy controls the access to the eastern mediterrenean by western mediterrenean.
Some of the best farming land and natural resources in all of asia
Spain holds the ability to restrict any state restricted to the Mediterranean from access to the Atlantic, and anywhere else in the world. The importance of the strait of Gibraltar has been severely underestimated because of the wideness of the strait, (about 7-9-ish miles).
Spain controls the access to the mediterrenean by gibraltar.
Heart of Asia. Connects central Asian countries through its borders. Its located on the North and West of pakistan, South of Uzbekistan, Tajikstan and East of Iran and Turkmenistan. It also has a border with China on its northeast point.
Afghanistan is more politically and commercially strategic then pakistan and some other countries above then Afghanistan, in the history Afghanistan was named as square of transit