The Global Terrorism Trends and Analysis Center (GTTAC) database is a collection of open-source unclassified information on domestic and international terrorism incidents.

Understanding Islamic State Sanctuaries in Southeast Asia

Senior Analyst Kenneth Yao discusses the challenge of rooting out the terrorist threat in Southeast Asia.

Terrorism in Central Asia: The Threat That Does Not Seem to Come Home

Raffaello Pantucci discusses the challenges of overcoming the effects of Central Asian terrorism both within and outside the region.

Will Afghanistan Become a Terrorism Safe Haven Once Again?

Ahmad Shah Mohibi, the Founder of Rise to Peace, discusses prospects for the future of Afghanistan post U.S. withdrawal.

Conflicting Views on the Global War on Terrorism

Dr. Hall Gard presents on the divergence in views and approaches to counterterrorism by the US and Europe.

Emerging Trends: Global Terrorism Ubiquitous in 2020, but Bulk of Activity Concentrated in a Few Regions

As if the coronavirus pandemic were not challenging enough, many will be surprised to learn the grim news that incidents of global terrorism increased in 2020. The world suffered a reported 10,172 terrorism incidents in 2020, a sum surpassing those in 2019 by 1,300, or a 15 percent increase. The 29,389 fatalities attributable to terrorist incidents in 2020 were 3,116 more than in 2019, a 12 percent increase.

The story beyond the headlines is even more troubling and requires a more detailed review of geography and… [Read More]

GTTAC Data Sources, References & Notes

DSG created the GTTAC database that the Annex uses to summarize global terrorism incidents. GTTAC accesses five of the most comprehensive, open-source, multimedia data aggregators to identify reports of potential terrorist incidents. Data acquisition begins with using open-source technology tools developed in Python atop a Linux platform for text analysis, predictive modeling, and feature extraction. GTTAC applies ontologies for terrorist incidents, perpetrators, tactics for attack, weapon use, and the targeting of victims and facilities. Once the automated processes have established a body of data for human review and validation, the database of global terrorism incidents begins to take form within regional and other geographic locales.

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