November 16, 2010

Nearly All the most Terror Prone Countries in the World Pretty Much Threatened by Common Source

Maplecroft ranks countries by number of attacks. This year, Somalia jumps to the number one spot. But looks likethe top ten list seem to have something in common:

Somalia is now more at risk from terrorist attacks than Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Colombia according to a global ranking assessing the frequency and intensity of terrorist incidents in 196 countries. Sixteen countries are rated as ‘extreme risk’ with Somalia (1), Pakistan (2), Iraq (3), Afghanistan (4), Palestinian Occupied Territory (5), Colombia (6), Thailand (7), Philippines (8), Yemen (9) and Russia (10) at the bottom of the ranking.

The Terrorism Risk Index (TRI) is developed by global risks advisory firm, Maplecroft, to enable organisations to identify and monitor terrorism risks to human security and international assets. The index uses data from June 2009 to June 2010 to assess the frequency of terrorist incidents and the intensity of attacks, which includes the number of victims per attack and the chances of mass casualties occurring. It also includes a historical component assessing the number of attacks between 2007 and 2009 and looks at whether a country is at risk from a long-standing militant group operating there.

With the exception of Colombia, all the terrorism committed in the top ten countries comes from Muslim separatists or Islamist movements.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 12:59 PM | Comments |