Asia-Pacific police training looks to IEP data for terrorism insights

Findings from the Global Terrorism Index are equipping professional police with facts.

The Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) presented the Global Terrorism Index (GTI) and its non-partisan, data-driven research as part of an international police training program this month.

Serge Stroobants, Director of Operations for Europe and MENA at IEP, was in Vietnam during March to present the GTI findings to a group of international law enforcement officers at the Asian Region Law Enforcement Management Training Program, known as ARLEMP.

“International cooperation is key in tackling the global phenomenon of terrorism. The results and trends identified in the 2018 GTI laid the foundation for a common understanding of the concept of terrorism, a good basis for further training of this very motivated group,” Mr Stroobants said.

“It has been an honour and a pleasure, to exchange knowledge and experience with a group of talented and driven law enforcement officers from 16 countries in the Asia-Pacific, the Middle-East and Africa.”

“Mr Stroobants had passion and honesty as he shared about transnational terrorism. His perspectives encouraged us to think deeply about developments in terrorism, and our responsibility in fighting it”

IEP is the world’s leading think tank dedicated to developing metrics to analyse peace and to quantify its economic value. The GTI is a comprehensive measure of the direct impact terrorism worldwide in terms of lives lost, injuries, property damage and number of incidents. The annual index provides a comprehensive summary of the key global trends and patterns in terrorism over the last 20 years, covering the period from the beginning in 1998.

In addition to his work for IEP, Mr Stroobants is a media commentator and well-known expert in global terrorism and radicalisation in Belgium and Europe. He is a former colonel in the Belgian Armed Forces, who also holds political science and military degrees from several universities. After the terror attacks in Belgium and France, Stroobants provided his expertise to parliamentary commissions investigating the incidents, and he continues to support the victims of terrorism through V-Europe and Victim Support Europe.

ARLEMP is a long-running police training program run in partnership between the Vietnamese Ministry of Public Security through the General Department of Police, the Australian Federal Police, the Royal Dutch Police, and RMIT University in Vietnam. The program provides skills and encourages relationships between international participants from the Asia region.

Download the Global Terrorism Index 2018.