The 2018 Global Terrorism Index was launched at the GCSP on the 7th of December. Now in its 6th edition, the GTI report represents “a comprehensive study analysing the impact of terrorism for 163 countries and which covers 99.7 per cent of the world’s population.” It analyses global trends in terrorism covering data from the last two decades. The report measures the impact of terrorism and provides the most up-to-date statistics on the number of fatalities associated with terror attacks. It also focuses on the emerging hotspots of terrorism as well as what drives global terrorist recruitment and what can be done to prevent terrorism in the future.
This year’s edition showed a continuing trend of a decline in terrorism with deaths from terrorism falling for the third consecutive year after peaking in 2014. The GTI reported that the total number of deaths decreased by 27% in 2017. However, the GTI also highlighted the ongoing persistence of terrorism in several countries in Asia and Africa. Somalia and Egypt have both registered increases in deaths from terrorism in 2017. Afghanistan recorded the highest number of terrorism deaths in 2017, replacing Iraq as the country most afflicted by terrorism. The 2018 GTI report also described a growing trend in the rise of far-right political terrorism in North America and Western Europe. In these parts of the world, “the majority of attacks were carried out by lone actors with far-right, white nationalist, or anti-Muslim beliefs.” Finally, the report also included expert contributions that focused on the current global efforts on preventing violent extremism (PVE) which include assisting in economic development, building cyber security and promoting PVE campaigns as important investments for building national resiliency against extremism in the future.
Watch the video of Mr Serge Stroobants, Director of Operations for Europe and the MENA Region of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), presenting the key findings from the Global Terrorism Index 2018:
After reading this summary by Dr Christina Schori Liang, you want to learn more about Preventing Violent Extremism? Make sure to register for the October 2019 edition of the ‘Building a National Strategy for Preventing Violent Extremism (PVE)’ course.