All too often we are reminded that terrorism continues to inflict pain and suffering on people all over the world. Hardly a week goes by without an act of terrorism taking place somewhere in the world, indiscriminately affecting innocent people, who just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. For this week’s map we try to display how terrorism is spread on a global scale over the range of 22 years, starting from the year 1990 and ending in the year 2012 (1993 is missing due to a lack of data).
This map was created using the Global Terrorism Database by The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START). It displays each terrorist attack that claimed more than one life and accords to the following criteria (set by START):
- The act must be aimed at attaining a political, economic, religious, or social goal.
- There must be evidence of an intention to coerce, intimidate, or convey some other message to a larger audience (or audiences) than the immediate victims.
- The action must be outside the context of legitimate warfare activities
For more information about the criteria used; visit: http://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/more/Criterion.aspx#one For more information about the Global Terrorism Database by START; visit: http://www.start.umd.edu/gtd/