The number of terrorist attacks and fatalities has shown its largest decline in more than a decade, according to the U.S. State Department’s latest report on global terrorism.
The report concludes that terrorist attacks declined by 13% and deaths by 14%, following years of striking increases.
While statistics like these are often sensationalized, it is important to take a critical look at what they represent. As is often the case with metrics on complicated phenomena, there are reasons to be encouraged and reasons for concern.
LaFree, Gary, Erin Miller, and Michael Jensen. 2016. "Terrorist Attacks Show Biggest Decline in a Decade; But Let's Wait Before Celebrating." START (June). https://www.start.umd.edu/news/terrorist-attacks-show-biggest-decline-decade-lets-wait-celebrating