On Friday 20 November, The Hague Institute welcomed Steve Killelea, Executive Chairman of the Institute for Economics & Peace, to present findings from the Global Terrorism Index 2015, the world’s leading metric for policymakers in their efforts to track and understand how to measure the impacts and underlying drivers of terrorism. This year’s Index cast a new light on the current terrorist threat picture, exploring the actual impact of groups like ISIL, Al Qaeda, Boko Haram and other non-state terrorist organizations.
Produced by the Institute for Economics & Peace the Global Terrorism Index scores 162 countries over the past 14 years (from 2002 to 2015) using data from 1998 to 2014. It scores countries by aggregating the number of terrorist incidents, number of fatalities, injuries and the amount of property damage and then weighting the results over five years with the highest weighting being the most recent year.
The Global Terrorism Index explores significant correlations with other important indicators such as education, poverty, governance, etc. Moreover, it sheds light on trends in terrorism over the last 14 years, allowing analysis of which regions and countries have seen to biggest growth/reduction in terrorism.
Following Steve Killelea’s presentation, the following discussants shared their thoughts and expertise in a moderated discussion:
- Mark Singleton, Director of The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism – The Hague (ICCT)
- Lia van Broekhoven, Executive Director of Human Security Collective
- Dr. Eamon Aloyo, Senior Researcher in the Conflict Prevention program at The Hague Institute
- Moderator: Dr. Richard Ponzio, Head of the Global Governance program at The Hague Institute
Listen to the discussion here: