First Prague Launch of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI)

9. 12. 2017 Author: Oldřich Bureš On December 7, 2017, the Center for Security Studies hosted the launch of the 2017 edition of the Global Terrorism Index (GTI). This was the first time the GTI was officially presented in the Czech Republic.

Published annually by the Australian Institute for Economics and Peace, the index produces a composite score in order to provide an ordinal ranking of countries on the impact of terrorism. The GTI is based on data from the Global Terrorism Database (GTD) which is collected and collated by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) at the University of Maryland. GTD is considered to be one the most authoritative sources of data in terrorism studies.

The 2017 edition of GTI was presented by Serge Stroobants, the European Director for the Institute for Economics and Peace and a staff officer of the Belgian Army with a developed operational experience and an extensive academic background. The presentation was followed by discussion presented by Oldrich Bures, the Head of Center for Security Studies at Metropolitan University Prague and dr. John Quinn, the Head of the Prague Center for Global Health.

The event has attracted a diverse audience of students, academics, security practitioners, as well as diplomats from numerous embassies based in Prague. It was co-organized with the Prague Society for International Cooperation and the Centre for Energy Policy, Institute of International Relations, Prague.