Visualized: The World Leaders In Positions Of Power (1970-Today)

The 2000s to early 2010s also revealed rapidly changing power shifts in Japan. Shinzō Abe rose to power in 2006, and after five leadership changes in seven years, he eventually circled back, ending up as prime minister again by 2013—a position he held until late 2020.

Country Number of Leaders Since 1970
Japan 25
Turkey 18
 India 12
Australia 12
UK 10
USA 10
South Korea 10
Israel 9
Canada 9
Russia 7
France 7
China 6
Germany 5
Saudi Arabia 5
UAE 2

The 2010s: World Leaders Face Uncertainty

The 2010s were more than eventful. The Hong Kong protests under Chinese president Xi Jinping, and the annexation of Crimea led by Vladimir Putin, uncovered the wavering dominance of democracy and international law.

UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s move to introduce a Brexit referendum, resulted in just over half of the British population voting to leave the EU in 2016. This vote led to a rising feeling of protectionism and a shift away from globalization and multilateral cooperation.

Donald Trump’s U.S. presidential election was a shocking political longshot in the same year. Trump’s stint as president will likely have a longstanding impact on the course of American politics.

Two countries elected their first female leaders in this decade: president Park Geun-Hye in South Korea, and prime minister Julia Gillard in Australia. Here’s a look at which global powers have been led by women in the last 50 years.

Country Female Leader
Australia Julia Gillard
Canada Kim Campbell
Germany Angela Merkel
India Indira Gandhi
South Korea Park Geun-Hye
Turkey Tansu Ciller
UK Margaret Thatcher
UK Theresa May
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Michele Kalker 2 months ago Member's comment

Very unique/interesting infographic!