Published by the Institute for Economics & Peace, the 2017 Global Terrorism Index reveals some troubling data concerning the fight against terrorism. While global terrorism has fallen for the second consecutive year, the United States saw a 60% increase in terrorism-related deaths in 2016.
The annual Index, which provides the most comprehensive resource on global terrorist trends, also points to a shift in terrorism methods—with an increase in low-tech, low-budget attacks using vehicles and other easily accessible materials.
“Based on an escalating number of deaths and attacks, the U.S. received its worst score in a decade,” said Michelle Breslauer, Director, Americas Program for the Institute for Economics & Peace. “Among developed nations, the U.S. has the highest rate of lone-actor attacks, most carried out by citizens, and motivated by a range of extremist ideologies, from political to religious. These findings suggest that the U.S. is facing an ongoing threat from less sophisticated, home-grown attacks.”