AIR Currents

Despite recent events, the risk of terrorism attacks is relatively low in Western Europe and the U.S.

April 26, 2016

Did you know that although recent major terrorist attacks in Western Europe—Paris on November 13, 2015, and Brussels on March 22, 2016—have dominated the headlines, the probability of terrorist attack is still quite low in Western Europe, as well as in the U.S.?

In the past decade terrorist attacks increased significantly after the U.S. troop surge in Iraq in 2007 and after the Syrian civil war began in 2011. The majority (57%) of terrorist attacks in 2014 occurred in just five countries: Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Syria. This is despite a 54% increase in terrorist incidents in the rest of the world the year before.

In the Geospatial Analytics Module in Touchstone®, companies can use Verisk Maplecroft's terrorism risk layer, which scores locations based on data on reported incidents and their severity, to manage their global risk accumulations.

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