GTD In The News

December 4, 2013

CATO Institute researcher cites GTD data

CATO Institute researcher Benjamin Friedman uses the GTD to analyze the lethality of terrorism in recent years:

November 6, 2013

GTD data featured in Washington Post fact check article

The Washington Post's Glenn Kessler uses the GTD in a Fact Checker post about the increase in worldwide terrorism since 2011:

November 2, 2013

Senator Dianne Feinstein references START data

Dianne Feinstein, the senior United States Senator from California, referenced GTD data in an article about NSA call records. To read the article, click here.

October 29, 2013

CNN previews 2012 GTD data

In a recent article and on-air story, CNN previews preliminary 2012 GTD data and quotes START Director Gary LaFree and Researcher Martha Crenshaw.

It is important to note that beginning with 2012 data collection, START made several important changes to the Global Terrorism Database collection methodology, improving the efficiency and comprehensiveness of the process. As a result of these improvements, a direct comparison between 2011 and 2012 likely overstates the increase in total attacks and fatalities worldwide during this time period.

However, analysis of the data indicate that this increase began before the shift in data collection methodology, and important developments in key conflicts around the world suggest that considerable upward trends remain even when accounting for the possibility of methodological artifacts.

Read the article here.

October 7, 2013

MSNBC references START and Erin Miller for information on Al Qaeda

MSNBC quoted Erin Miller and START research in an article about Al Qaeda's terrorist network. Click here to read the full article.

September 28, 2013

GTD data cited by the AP

The Associated Press used statistics from START's Global Terrorism Database to discuss global terrorism trends. Click here to read the full article in the Washington Post.

September 23, 2013

GTD Data helps highlight broader lessons from Kenya Mall Attack

In "Five Things the Kenya Mall Attack Tells Us About Global Terrorism," ThinkProgress used statistics from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) to point out terrorism is a phenomenon that is not just limited to dynamics between the Middle East and the United States. Click here to read the full article.

September 10, 2013

USA Today uses START data for an infographic

On Sept. 10, USA Today featured START data for an infographic on the front page.

July 15, 2013

Blogger charts GTD 2011 location data

Blogger Neal Rauhauser created visualizations of the GTD's location data on terrorist attacks from 2011. Click here to read the first blog post and here to see more charts made with Sentinel Visualizer.

May 13, 2013

START Data featured on The Daily Show

START was featured on The Daily Show about one minute into the show. Jon Stewart discussed GTD data in the context of attacks on U.S. diplomats. To view the full episode, click here.

May 9, 2013

UC study uses GTD data

The University of Canterbury used the Global Terrorism Database for research that found that terrorist incidents that kill many people are often preceded by small-scale attacks. To read the full article on Voxy, click here.

May 4, 2013

The Houston Chronicle uses GTD statistics to weigh the risks of terrorism

Bill King of the Houston Chronicle discusses the risks of Terrorism. For the full article, click here.

May 3, 2013

The Austin Chronicle cites GTD data

Michael King cites GTD data in his article, "Point Austin: The Cartoon Governor." He discusses the rates of workplace related deaths. For the full article, click here.

April 28, 2013

Times Herald cites GTD data

In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Times Herald article, "Texas blast reminds us that plant inspections are vital" discuss the importance of inspections in a post 9/11 world. For the full article, click here.

April 27, 2013

Christian Science Monitor references GTD data

The Christian Science Monitor used Global Terrorism Database data and quotes from researcher Erik Dahl to raise a discussion about the decline in terrorist attacks and the number of failed attempted attacks. To read the article, click here.

April 18, 2013

MSNBC cites GTD statistics

Ari Melber's MSNBC article, "Fighting terrorism with law enforcement" discusses the role of law enforcement in combating terrorism. For the full article, click here.

April 16, 2013

Foreign Policy article cites GTD on history of terrorism in Boston

Elias Groll's blog post A brief history of terrorist attacks in Boston references figures from START's Global Terrorism Database to chronicle the history of terrorism in Boston.

To read the full article, click here.

March 18, 2013

Christian Science Monitor, Yahoo! cite GTD

Dan Murphy's article, Thomas Friedman, Iraq war booster, cites the GTD when describing the bursting of a "terrorism bubble" in the early 90's. For the full story, click here.

December 7, 2012

Coverage of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI)

Published by START and the Institutes of Economics and Peace, the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) was launched on Dec. 5 with analysis of data trends from START's Global Terrorism Database (GTD). The study scores 158 countries, tracks changing trends in terrorism overtime, and also explores significant correlations with other socio-economic indicators. Coverage of the articles can be accessed below:

November 19, 2012

The Latest in Tracking Global Terrorism Data

In his blog on the Council of Foreign Relations site, Micah Zenko writes about a lecture by START Director Gary LaFree and highlights recent analysis of data in the Global Terrorism Database. To read the article, visit here.

October 17, 2012

News article released showing a shift in terrorism

Bloomberg Businessweek publishes a report using help from the GTD

Businessweek reporters Matthew Philips and Evan Applegate used START's Global Terrorism Database for their research on the differences in terrorism from 2008 to 2011.

Changes include different tactics other than bombs to disseminate their message, a rise in activist groups in other areas of the world than the Middle East, and a new target for attacks.

View the article and data visualizations here.

August 10, 2012

GTD cited in new book on lone wolf terrorists

This article in University World News discusses how sociologist Dr Ramon Spaaij used the GTD for his new book "Understanding Lone Wolf Terrorism: Global patterns, motivations and prevention." View the article


April 29, 2012

Data from GTD cited in The Wall Street Journal

In an April 29 op-ed in The Wall Street Journal, Seth Jones, a senior political scientist at the Rand Corp., used data from START's Global Terrorism Database to support his claim that while the U.S. prepares a strategic shift toward the Far East, al-Qaida is resurgent in the Muslim world.

To read the full article, click here.

April 20, 2012

GTD Project Manager Erin Miller comments on potential act of domestic terrorism

GTD Project Manager Erin Miller was recently quoted by Salon in the article, "Is this man a terrorist?" The article asks readers why Francis Grady, who is accused of burning down an abortion clinic in Wisconsin, has not been charged with domestic terrorism.

To read the full article and Erin Miller's response, click here.

February 13, 2012

Data from GTD featured in Newsweek cover story

The first page of the cover story from Newsweek Feb. 13 features data from the Global Terrorism Database and START. To view the graph, click here.

The full online story is available here, but does not feature the START data.

September 19, 2011

GTD Featured in The National Interest

The Global Terrorism Database was featured in The National Interest here.

June 22, 2011

START Director and Researcher Gary LaFree comments on 9/11 and the GTD (Security Management)

"Before 9-11, there was no comprehensive terrorism database..." In a presentation at the National Institute of Justice 2011 Conference, Gary LaFree discussed the Global Terrorism Database and top-line findings.

See How 9-11 Has Driven Technology Advancements.

September 7, 2010

Background Report on Discovery Communications Building Hostage-Taking (HS Today)

Following the September 1, 2010, hostage situation at the Discovery Communications building in Silver Spring, Maryland, START has compiled background information on terrorist activity in the District of Columbia and Maryland, media targets, and hostage situations in the United States.

HS Today Coverage:

The PDF of the original report, released on September 2, 2010 is available here.

The accompanying press release is available here.

June 16, 2010

START Data Used in New Republic Article (NPR)

START's data on number of terrorist attacks on U.S. soil was used in the article, "The New Republic: Creating A No-Buy List For Guns".

May 3, 2010

Background Report: Terrorist Attacks in New York City (CNN, New York Times, Christian Science Monitor, Washington Post, Associated Press, Los Angeles Times, Seattle Times, Discovery News , Epoch Times, One India, NY Daily News, New York Post)

START recently released a background report on terrorism in New York City, employing GTD data to reveal trends and historical information about patterns of attacks against New York. More information is available here..

April 26, 2010

Background Information on Oklahoma City Bombing (Security Management, Sindh Today, Frontier India, The Gaea Times, FBIIC)

START recently released a background report on the fifteenth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the Oklahoma City Murrah Federal Building. More information is available here..

March 2, 2010

START Director LaFree Interviewed on UMD Capital News Service TV

START Director Gary LaFree was interviewed by the University of Maryland news network, Capital News Service, on domestic and religious terrorism in the U.S. in light of the recent case against the Colorado man up for charges for involvement in the attempt to bomb the New York subway system. See interview here, titled "Afghan Reaction".

December 10, 2009

START Director Interviewed on Chicago Public Radio Regarding Homegrown Terrorism

START Director Gary LaFree was interviewed on Chicago Public Radio program Eight Forty Eight, discussing homegrown terrorism and its increasing salience, evident by the recent arrest of U.S. Citizen and Chicago resident David Headley and his alleged involvement in the 2008 Mumbai Attacks. More information is available here..

November 13, 2009

Data from GTD Used in Washington Times Editorial

In the wake of a fatal attack at Ft. Hood (Texas), editorial writers at the Washington Times used START's Global Terrorism Database to try to put the Ft. Hood events in context with other mass-casualty attacks that have occurred in the United States.

The full article from the November 13, 2009, issue of the Washington Times is available here.

July 6, 2009

GTD Data: Terrorist Activity in the U.S. Primarily Involves Bombs and Arson (Fort Wayne Journal Gazette)

GTD data on terrorist weapons use is cited in FBI Stays Alert, Works to Thwart Area Terrorism.

June 16, 2009

START Director on What's New in Terrorism Research (Homeland Security Inside & Out)

Gary LaFree, Director of START, discusses START as a Center of Excellence of the Department of Homeland Security and its recently updated Global Terrorism Database (GTD).

Listen to audio here: or here:

May 29, 2009

GTD Data Provides Background on Attacks Against Religious and Military Targets (Emergency Management)

START's Global Terrorism Database (GTD) provides background data on attacks against religious and military targets in Terrorism Against Religious Targets in Perspective.
See also Article in Sindh Today

May 28, 2009

START Director and GTD in "9/11 'Misleads' Americans' View of Terrorism" (Washington Times)

Sept. 11 looms large as the defining example of a terrorist attack on the United States, but it was one of more than 1,000 in recent years and a very atypical example.

START Director Gary LaFree cites data from START's Global Terrorism Database (GTD) and explains how Sept. 11 has fundamentally altered our perceptions of terrorism. See 9/11 'Misleads' Americans' View of Terrorism
See also article in Security Management.

May 1, 2009

START Director Contributes to State Department and NCTC Reports

In late April, the State Department issued its annual report on terrorist activity, "Country Reports on Terrorism 2008," which includes "An Academic's Perspective on Open Source Event Data," written by START Director Gary LaFree (page 351). A more comprehensive piece by Gary LaFree is included in the National Counterterrorism Center's (NCTC's) companion report (starting on page 72). In the NCTC report, LaFree provides additional comments on challenges and recommendations for measuring terrorism.

February 2009

Washington Prism Conversation with START Director

START Director Gary LaFree discusses the decentralization of terrorist groups and describes the challenges he faces in documenting attacks, specifically in Iraq, for the Global Terrorism Database "Al-Qaeda in 2009 An Expert Assessment"

December 8, 2008

GTD Data on India Cited (Newsweek)

Shortly after the Mumbai, India, terror attacks, an article from the December 15, 2008, issue of Newsweek, "No Fanning the Flames", relied upon data from the GTD to provide context on the frequency and impact of terrorist attacks in India since 1970.

December 4, 2008

GTD Featured in "Terrorism Database Sheds Light on the History of Attacks in India" (Scientific American)

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December 3, 2008

GTD Data Cited in "Since 1970, 4,108 Terror Attacks in India" (United Press International)

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July 25, 2008

GTD Data Used in Special Report (The Economist)

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May 25, 2008

Zakaria Discusses GTD and Challenges of Tracking Terrorism (Newsweek, Washington Post)

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