The Global Terrorism Trends and Analysis Center (GTTAC) database is a collection of open-source unclassified information on domestic and international terrorism incidents. The incident-level database contains up to a hundred attributes for each terrorist event, including information on the date and location of the incident, the numbers of deaths and injuries incurred, the characteristics of its perpetrators, its victims, the tactics employed, and the weapons used for the attack. Using automated and manual data-collection methods, GTTAC gathers information from an extensive pool of news sources and articles to identify and record all the worldwide terrorist incidents that meet GTTAC’s terrorism definition and inclusion criteria.

White Supremacists Speak

Anne Speckhard, Ph.D., TM Garret Schmid, and Molly Ellenberg present on “White Supremacists Speak: Recruitment, Radicalization, & Experiences Of Engaging And Disengaging From Hate Groups”

The Impact of Central Asian Jihadism on the Development of Global Terrorism

Dr. Uran Botobekov will give a presentation on the impact of jihadist movements in central Asia on global terrorism. Dr. Botobekov is currently an author and serves on the advisory board at Modern Diplomacy. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science (honor graduate)...

What Do We Know About The Designation or Proscription of Terrorist Organizations?

Dr. Brian J. Phillips is a Reader (Associate Professor) in the Department of Government at the University of Essex in the UK. He is also an affiliated professor at the Center for Research and Teaching in Economics (CIDE) in Mexico City. He researches terrorism, civil...

Insurgency and Terrorism in North-East India

Jaideep Saikia discusses insurgency and terrorism in North-East of India with active cross-border linkages with China, Myanmar, and Bangladesh. Jaideep Saikia is a Terrorism and Conflict Analyst and a Fellow, Irregular Warfare Initiative Fellow, West Point USA. He is...

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.

Info at a Glance

News Articles and Artifacts Reviewed by GTTAC in 2021