Terrorism Index launched by Institute for Economics & Peace

Incidents of terrorism globally are up by some 460% in the decade following 9/11, although the number of associated fatalities is down 25% since a peak in 2007, according to the new Global Terrorism Index.

Developed by the Institute for Economics & Peace, the index is intended to function as a tool to identify and quantify the effects of terrorism for policy makers, who must construct responses.

Among the other findings include: Europeans are 19 times more likely to be victims of terrorism than North Americans, and the areas most likely to be affected by terrorism are the Middle East, India, Pakistan and Russia.

The index also finds a correlation between foreign military intervention and increased levels of terrorism, particularly in Iraq during the period covered by the index.

“Most terrorist attacks occur in a wider conflict situation. The index shows that global terrorism only started to increase after the escalation of the Iraq war. This was subsequently followed by further increasing waves of terrorism in Afghanistan and then in Pakistan eighteen months later,” the IEP said.

“In the decade since 9/11, fatalities from terrorist attacks have increased by 195%, incidents by 460% and injuries by 224%. Interestingly, the seven countries that have suffered the most fatalities due to terrorism since 9/11 account for nearly three quarters of deaths in this period, with Iraqis suffering the most.”

Only 31 out of 158 countries globally have not experienced any terrorist attacks since 2001, IEP said.

To view an interactive map of the GTI findings click here: http://www.visionofhumanity.org/globalterrorismindex/#/2011/OVER/

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