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PODCAST: What Big Data Can Teach Us About Terrorism

At the very end of last year I had the opportunity to moderate a panel at the United States Institute of Peace that served as the launch of a new report called the Global Terrorism Index. 

This is a one-of-its kind quantitative examination of the impact of terrorism around the world. It includes a look at the number of terrorism deaths, the geographic distribution of terrorist attacks (including the countries and regions where terrorism is on the increase or decrease) and importantly, it puts all this data into a broader historic context in which you are able to compare the data year-by-year.

The Global Terrorism Index is researched, compiled and published by the global think tank the Institute for Economics and Peace.

On the line with me to discuss the 2017 Global Terrorism Index, and explain what big data can tell us about terrorism around the world is Daniel Hyslop, research director at the Institute for Economics and Peace.

In the conversation we also reference another flagship report from the Institute called the Positive Peace Report, which takes a quantitative approach to measuring  attitudes, institutions and structures that “create and sustain peaceful societies.”

Both the Global Terrorism Index and the Positive Peace Report are some cutting edge research in global affairs.

If you have 20 minutes and want to learn what long-term data can teach us about terrorism, have a listen.

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