High-level meeting in Jordan hears latest IEP research on global terrorism

Jordan is a country considered fragile to spillovers from conflicts and violent extremism in the region.

High-level diplomats and representatives of the Jordanian government heard the latest research on global terrorism from the Institute of Economics and Peace in Amman this week.

Invited by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Serge Stroobants, Director of Operations Europe and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) presented the recently released findings from the 2019 Global Terrorism Index (GTI).

Attendees included the Jordanian Minister for Social Development, representatives from the Jordanian government’s unit for preventing violent extremism, as well as ambassadors of Japan and Australia, amongst other international officials.

This year, the GTI found that deaths from terrorism halved in the last four years, but number of countries affected by terrorism continues to grow. Other key findings include the Taliban taking over the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant to become the world’s deadliest terrorist group, and a rise in far-right terrorism in the West, for the third consecutive year.

While the report shows the MENA region recorded an improvement in the impact of terrorism last year, with the number of deaths falling 65 per cent, Jordan was one of three countries in the area to record an increase in deaths. Jordan is ranked 64 out of 163 countries on the GTI, showing a low impact from terrorism overall.

A country bordered by Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel, and Palestine, Jordan is considered fragile to spillovers from conflicts and the rise of violent extremism in the MENA region. The country hosts the second highest share of refugees from the Syrian crisis.

IEP publishes the annual GTI to provide a comprehensive study analysing the impact of terrorism for 163 countries, covering 99.7 per cent of the world’s population. The report summarises the key global trends and patterns in terrorism over the last 50 years, covering the period from the beginning of 1970 to the end of 2018, and places a special emphasis on trends since 2014, which corresponds with the start of the fall of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.