Let’s start with the good news: Terrorism risk is declining in many countries.
Between 2018 and 2019, plenty of evidence surfaced to underline this positive trend. The Islamic State (IS), which once controlled territory roughly equivalent in size to Portugal, no longer controls any land. In 2018, the number of people globally killed in terrorist attacks dropped by more than a quarter compared to 2017, and the number of total attacks around the world also fell by nearly a third. In 2014, the economic costs of terrorism peaked at almost USD 100 billion in tandem with the rise of IS; since then, the costs have fallen by nearly half.
But there’s also bad news: Terrorism remains a dynamic risk and a serious threat to people and organizations.
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