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GTD informs Global Terrorism Index

Miller presents on how data can shape CT policy

In an event marking the “7th Annual Release of the Global Terrorism Index” at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Global Terrorism Database (GTD) Manager Erin Miller presented on a panel Dec. 10 about the GTD and how data can help shape counterterrorism policy. The panel was moderated by USIP Director of Countering Violent Extremism Leanne Erdberg.

USIP Panel for 7th Annual Release of the Global Terrorism IndexMiller was joined by Serge Stroobants, the Director of Operations for Europe and MENA at the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP), Aleksandra Dier, the Gender Coordinator at the UN Security Council Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED) and Ryan Greer, the Director of Program Assessment and Strategy at the Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

The panelists all addressed key findings from the Global Terrorism Index, trends in terrorism in research and the impact of data on decision-making. The GTI, released in late November, is produced by IEP and is based on the GTD.

The 2019 GTI report notes that while deaths from terrorism halved in the last four years, the number of countries affected by terrorism is growing. Additional findings include that ISIS lost the bulk of its territory, while far-right terrorism rose substantially, especially in Europe.