For the second consecutive year, deaths from terrorism have decreased according to the 2017 Global Terrorism Index. There was a 22% decrease, compared to the peak of terror activity in 2014.
Unfortunately, European countries continued to record a negative trend. Excluding the 9/11 attacks, 2016 was the deadliest year since 1988.
Improvements in counterterrorism strategies have foiled more attacks than in previous years. Two in 10 attacks were prevented in 2014 and 2015 while 3/10 attacks were foiled in 2016.
However, terrorism does not die. It simply mutates. Its modus operandi adapts. The new kind of low cost, low-tech attacks, such as using vehicles are harder to prevent. These changes can be just the start of a new wave of terror.
Drones or cyber-attacks are just two of the possible future threats.
We kindly invite you on 28th of November, from 10:30, in the European Parliament (room ASP 5 E3), to the debate: THE GLOBAL TERRORISM INDEX 2017 – WHERE TO?
Participants will have access to the latest Global Terrorism Index, which gives us a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism over the last 17 years, and will have the chance to discuss with high level speakers about the future terrorist threats that we may face.