A History Of Global Terrorism

Our human nature determines us to have a global perspective of things happening in the world. For not repeating mistakes of the past or for anticipating trends of the near future. And this is especially true nowadays - in a more and more conflictual era - when having an overall window towards the world is becoming essential for all countries and organisations. This may seem to be the logical reason for which we created this month’s dashboard on terrorism and terrorist attacks at a global level. But the true reason was inspired by our talk with Cynthia Storer, one of the intelligence & terrorism analysts at CIA who decisively contributed to Osama Bin Laden’s discovery back in 2010. It’s not enough to have a global perspective, it’s necessary to always have a magnifying glass at your disposal to understand local events or specific actions in a global context. And this is why we created a global dashboard with multiple filtering options in order for our readers to discover many more hidden patterns than the obvious news-like ones.

Check out our a global dashboard on terrorism.

Through the interactivity options the dashboard provides, we are creating a dynamic and visual terrorism history summary over the last four decade.  Judging by the number of fatalities and injuries, the intensity of terrorist acts has highly increased since the late 90s and that, contrary to popular belief, terrorism is not just hitting Western countries - it is a global phenomenon. Actually, if one zooms in on the world map, he would discover that Iraq is the number one country by number of fatalities generated by terrorist attacks (excluding the fatalities of the two recent wars of 1991 and 2003).

But the quest for discoveries should not stop at the level of historical trends. Try and focus on a specific type of weapon in the repartition pie chart and you will see how all the other charts change themselves to show where and how terrorists used a specific type of weapon for their attacks. Find out if they changed their ways of acting along the decades, if certain types of weapons caused more injuries than fatalities and if terrorists from different countries act differently. More than that, focus on specific time frames by selecting part of the line chart by year to discover why, for example, from 2000 to 2004 there has been a spike in terrorist attacks  and then a constant high level of such acts. Focus on specific spikes in the line chart and go back to the map to see why and where the number of injuries in 1998 was much higher than fatalities even though the trend is usually different by decades. 

Check out our a global dashboard on terrorism and counter-terrorism.

We all know or remember a local or global terrorism act. However there are tens of discoveries awaiting to be revealed. This is not a dashboard exclusively for history observers or for specialized analysts, this is a dashboard for global citizens who want to understand what is truly happening around them.