The Institute for Economics and Peace released 2016 Global Terrorism Index this week. The report, based on START’s Global Terrorism Database (GTD), offers insight on long-term terrorism trends, socio-economic conditions where terrorism occurs, geopolitical and ideological aims of terrorist groups, and evolving terrorist strategies based on 2015 attack data from the GTD.
IEP’S principal observations included:
- The overall global GTI score decreased 6 percent, with 76 countries improving their individual scores.
- While it was the second deadliest year on record, 2015 saw the first decline in the total number of deaths since 2010.
- ISIL and Boko Haram were weakened in their central areas of operation, but have expanded to new countries resulting in an intensification of terrorism in some countries.
- The number of countries experiencing terrorist activity in 2015 halted a four-year trend of yearly increases.
- The global economic impact of terrorism was $89.6 billion, constituting 1 percent of the total global economic impact of violence.
- 2015 saw progress in countering terrorist groups through international coalitions.
Questions about the GTI should be directed to the Institute for Economics and Peace at this link.