Tracking and Analyzing Incidents of Terrorism Worldwide
To keep Americans safe from terrorism, Congress must have access to the best information available on the nature of the threats this country faces. Accordingly, Congress requires the U.S. Department of State (DOS) to provide an annual report on international terrorism. This report, the Country Reports on Terrorism, is produced by the DOS Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent Extremism. An important feature of the report is the Annex of Statistical Information, which contains a synthesis of data on the worldwide incidence of terrorism.
In years past, DOS worked with various organizations to obtain the data to be included in the Annex of Statistical Information. In 2018, it asked Development Services Group, Inc. (DSG), and our partner, the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) at George Mason University, to create a new counterterrorism reporting database to track and analyze terrorism.
Led by Ambassador Adam Blackwell, a DSG vice president, career diplomat, and security expert, we are developing the counterterrorism annual reporting database and will populate it with open-source information related to terrorism actions worldwide. In addition, we will prepare the Annex of Statistical Information and assist with preparation of the Country Reports on Terrorism. The next report, concerning terrorist incidents in 2018, is due to Congress April 30, 2019.
The country-specific information included in the report comes from U.S. embassies, which may not systematically track and analyze terrorism incidents. The Annex of Statistical Information, however, contains data on terrorist incidents that have been systematically collected, vetted, and analyzed.
About the Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center
TraCCC is the first academic center in the United States devoted to understanding the links among terrorism, transnational crime, and corruption, and to teaching, researching, and formulating policy on these critical issues. TraCCC’s founder and director, Louise Shelley, Ph.D., who is codirector of this project, was one of the first scholars to develop the idea of convergence and analyze the linkages between terrorist and criminal networks. TraCCC is a research center within the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Visit http://traccc.gmu.edu for more.