Global Terrorism Index (2014)


Definition

Global Terrorism Index (2014)

 

Data Provider: The Institute for Economics and Peace

Data Source: Global Terrorism Index 2014 (published 18 November 2014)

Data Year: The data are for 2013

Data Periodicity: The data are updated periodically.

Data Definition: The Global Terrorism Index (GTI) is produced by the Institute for Economics and Peace, an independent, nonpartisan and non-profit think tank. The GTI 2014 ranks and compares 162 countries on the impact of terrorism and analyses the associated economic and social dimensions. The GTI 2014 displays data on the impact of terrorism on countries around the world in 2013. The index scores the 162 countries, and also examines trends from 2000 to 2013. The indicators used include the number of terrorist incidents, fatalities, injuries and property damage. The GTI is based on data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD), based at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland.

In terms of representing the score and rank on the map shown, the Centre on Religion & Geopolitics shows a range of coloured categories in a similar way as shown on the GTI website, but additionally including the following text for each category: Very High impact of terrorism (very dark orange), High (dark orange), Medium (orange), Low (light orange), Very Low (very light orange), No Impact of terrorism (peach).

The GTI acknowledge that defining terrorism is not a straightforward, so they accept the terminology and definitions agreed to by START researchers and its advisory panel. The GTI therefore defines terrorism as "the threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation".

The first Global Terrorism Index was published in 2012, measuring terrorism in 2011.

Data Methodology: Read more on the specific methodology for this data and the full report at the Global Terrorism Index 2014.