The Global Terrorism Index

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Friends of Europe co-organised the presentation of the 2014 Global Terrorism Index published by the Institute for Economics & Peace with the Royal Military Academy, and a number of partners. The Index looks at the causes of terrorism, measures for combating terrorism, as well as the global outlook on terrorism in coming years and terrorism’s changing patterns in terms of geographic activity, methods of attack, organisations involved and the national economic and political context. Some of the major trends stressed were the increase in terrorist activity that caused a 61 % increase in the total number of deaths from 2012 to 2013, and that over 80 percent of the lives lost to terrorist activities in 2013 occurred in five countries – Iraq, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Syria. The presentation emphasised the rapidly increasing intensity and spread of terrorist activity globally and highlighted the key underlying factors that give rise to terrorism.

Friends of Europe’s Security Europe pillar was proud to be a partner of the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP – www.economicsandpeace.org) as its founder Steve Killelea presented its Global Terrorism Index.

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Welcome

Giles Merritt

Founder

Short introduction

Shada Islam

Managing Director at New Horizons Project

Introductory remarks

Klaus Rudischhauser

Deputy Director-General, Sectorial and Thematic Directorates at the European Commission: Directorate General for Development and Cooperation - EuropeAid (DEVCO)

Wrap up

Shada Islam

Managing Director at New Horizons Project

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Giles Merritt
Giles Merritt

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Giles Merritt is the Founder of Friends of Europe, and was its Secretary General between 1999 and 2015, and its Chairman between 2016 and 2020.

A former Financial Times Brussels Correspondent, Giles Merritt is a journalist, author and broadcaster who has for over four decades specialised in European public policy questions. In 2010 he was named by the Financial Times as one of its 30 most influential “Eurostars”, together with the European Commission’s President and NATO’s Secretary General.

Giles Merritt joined the Financial Times in 1968, and from 1972 until 1983 he was successively FT correspondent in Paris, Dublin/Belfast, and Brussels. From 1984 to 2010 he was a columnist for the International Herald Tribune (IHT), where his Op-Ed page articles ranged widely across EU political and economic issues.

In 1982 he published “World Out of Work”, an award-winning study of unemployment in industrialised countries. In 1991, his second book “The Challenge of Freedom” about the difficulties facing post-communist Eastern Europe was published in four languages. His book “Slippery Slope: Europe’s Troubled Future” (Oxford University Press 2016), was shortlisted for the European Book Prize.

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