Launching of the 2017 Global Terrorism Index Report
Terrorist attacks are on the rise across the globe. Since June 2017 there have already been many global incidents across eight countries - many of them in the name of the Islamic State and the Levant (ISIL). While ISIL has lost it’s so called “Islamic Caliphate” – it will continue to pose a threat as an asymmetric, guerrilla insurgency in the region and beyond. Today, terrorism spans across the entire globe with extremely devastating effects. In October 2017 alone, over 320 lives were lost in an attack by Al-Shaahab, an Al-Qaeda-affiliated jihadist group, in Mogadishu. Elsewhere, the entire city of Marawi, Philippines was captured and occupied by ISIL for 5 months, meanwhile, Europe and the US continue to be “terrorized” by ‘lone-wolves’ attacks inspired and conducted in the name of ISIL.
On Tuesday, 21 November, the 2017 Global Terrorism Index will be launched. The GCSP will have the pleasure to welcomed Mr Daniel Hyslop, Research Director of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), who will present the key findings from the Global Terrorism Index 2017.
There has never been a more critical time to examine the drivers of terrorism as this is a phenomenon that has evolved into a truly global threat with terrorist activity now impacting two-thirds of all countries in the world
This year’s report presents the most comprehensive data-driven analysis to-date on trends in terrorism, measuring and understanding the real impact of terrorism.
The fifth edition of the Global Terrorism Index, measures the direct and indirect impact of terrorism in 163 countries. It scores countries by aggregating the number of terrorist incidents, number of fatalities, injuries and the amount of property damage and then weighting the results over five years with the highest weighting being the most recent year.
The Global Terrorism Index provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism since 2000. It produces a composite score in order to provide an ordinal ranking of countries on the impact of terrorism. It is an attempt to systematically rank the nations of the world according to the terrorist activity. The index combines a number of factors associated with terrorist attacks to build an explicit picture of the impact of terrorism, illustrating trends, and providing a data series for analysis by researchers and policymakers.
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