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SourceItem TypeDescriptionURL
National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (University of Maryland)Open Source DatabaseThe Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database including information on terrorist events "around the world from 1970 through 2020. Unlike many other event databases, the GTD includes systematic data on domestic as well as international terrorist incidents that have occurred during this time period and now includes more than 200,000 cases."Open Source Database
The Culture Under Threat Map by the Antiquities CoalitionMapWith priceless artifacts and millennia of history lost and imperiled, teams of heritage experts in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region have been working tirelessly to track the scope of the plunder thus far.Map
RAND Database of Worldwide Terrorism Incidents (RDWTI)DatabaseThe RAND Database of Worldwide Terrorism Incidents (RDWTI) is a compilation of data from 1968 through 2009 and includes more than 40,000 incidents of terrorism. The RDWTI is a fully searchable and interactive database.Open Source Database
List of Foreign Terrorist Organizations by the US Department of StateListList of the Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs) designated by the Secretary of State. List
Institute for Economics and PeaceReports, DatabaseThe institute publishes the Global Terrorism Index which provides a detailed analysis of the changing trends in terrorism across the world. It investigates the patterns of terrorism by geographic activity, methods of attack, organisations involved and the national economic and political context. It also provides downloadable data on terrorism from across the world.Reports
Counter Extremism ProjectReports, GlossaryThe Counter Extremism Project (CEP) is a non-for-profit, non-partisan international policy organization formed to help confront the growing strength of extremist groups worldwide. CEP is assembling the world’s most extensive research database on extremist groups and their networks of support. It publishes country reports and a glossary.Reports
Terrorism and Counterterrorism by the Council on Foreign RelationsOrganizationCollection of primary documents, articles, videos, testimonies, op-eds, etc.Organization
Congressional Research Service Reports on Terrorism by the Federation of American ScientistsReportsContinually updated collection of well-research and sourced reports on various aspects of terrorismReports
Mapping Militant Organizations by the Stanford UniversityMaps, ReportsThe project develops a series of interactive diagrams that “map” relationships among groups and show how those relationships change over time. The user can change map settings to display different features (e.g., leadership changes), adjust the time scale, and trace individual groups. The maps contain links to group profiles. The profiles include information on group size, formation, ideology, activity, leaders, ties to other groups, resources, community relationships, and more.Maps, Reports
Suicide Attack Database at the University of ChicagoDatabaseThe Chicago Project on Security and Terrorism (CPOST) maintains a searchable database on all suicide attacks from 1982 through 2019. The database includes information about the location of attacks, the target type, the weapon used, and systematic information on the demographic and general biographical characteristics of suicide attackers.Database
Middlebury Institute of International Studies at MontereyReportsThe Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism (CTEC) conducts in-depth research on terrorism and other forms of extremism. The center publishes reports on terrorism and has a list of epxerts. Reports
International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore)PublicationsICPVTR conducts research, training, and outreach programs aimed at reducing the threat of politically motivated violence and at mitigating its effects on the international system. It publishes numerous publications on political violence.Publications
Perspectives on Terrorism by the Terrorism Research Initiative and the Center for Terrorism and Security StudiesAcademic JournalThe European-based Terrorism Research Initiative and the America-based Center for Terrorism and Security Studies seek to support the international community of terrorism researchers and analysts by facilitating coordination and engaging in cooperative endeavours. The globally-circulated online journal Perspectives on Terrorism is co-published by these two entities, and is viewed online by over 100,000 website visitors annually.Academic Journal
Terrorism & Preparedness Data Resource Center by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)DatabaseThe Terrorism & Preparedness Data Resource Center (TPDRC) housed at the University of Michigan's Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR). TPDRC archives and distributes data collected by government agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and researchers about the nature of intra- (domestic) and international terrorism incidents, organizations, perpetrators, and victims; governmental and nongovernmental responses to terror, including primary, secondary, and tertiary interventions; and citizen's attitudes towards terrorism, terror incidents, and the response to terror. It also organizes and streamlines access to extant research and administrative data from across the world that are relevant to the study of terrorism and the response to terrorism for descriptive and scientific analysis by academics and researchers.Database
Personal Characteristics of Lone-Actor Terrorists by the International Centre for Counter-Terrorism (The Hague)ReportThis Research Project Report analyses personal variables of "120 perpetrators of lone actor terrorism, resulting in a number of policy recommendations. The authors emphasise the importance of focusing on different subgroups and of benchmarking in order to accurately interpret results. Likewise, they underline the necessity of lowering barriers to mental health services, as well as multi-agency cooperation. Taken together, these factors would contribute to formulating an effective response to the challenge of lone-actor terrorism." Published in 2016.Report
Reports on the Treatment of Foreign Fighters in Selected Jurisdictions by the Law, US Library of CongressReport, MapsThis report contains information on provisions in place or under consideration by the United Nations (UN), the European Union, and 73 countries on the treatment of individuals who join and fight for terrorist organizations in foreign countries. In addition to the report on these jurisdictions, two maps have been included to illustrate the findings.Reports
Terrorism Situations and Trend Report 2022 by EuropolReport (2022)Annual Europol reports on terrorism.Report
Center for Research on Extremism (CREX) by the University of OsloDatasetsResearch and datasets on extremism, hate crime and far-right. Includes the 2023 Right-wing Terrorism and Violence (RTV) Trend Report where new and updated data is presented on severe right-wing attacks and plots that occurred in Western Europe since 1990.Datasets
Difficult Decision Making in Identifying US Right-Wing Terrorism Cases, by the Montclair State University.Academic Paper (2021)This US-focused paper explores five major, social-scientific terrorism databases in regards to data on right-wing terrorist events. The paper also provides an in-depth examination of the utilization of criminal legal proceedings to research right-wing terrorist acts. Lastly, legal case databases are introduced and discussed to show the lack of available court information and case proceedings in regards to right-wing terrorism. Academic Paper
East & Southeast Asia Archives by the Combating Terrorism Center at West PointResourcesThe website contains various resources, data, reports.Resource
Terrorism in Southeast Asia by the Congressional Research Service (CRS)Report (2017)The Congressional Research Service (CRS) is a US federal legislative branch agency, housed inside the Library of Congress, charged with providing the United States Congress non-partisan advice on issues that may come before Congress, including reports on terrorism in Southeast Asia.Report
Australian Institute of CriminologyPublications; StatisticsPublications and official statistics by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) the country's national research and knowledge centre on crime and justice, compiling trend data and disseminating research and policy advice. The AIC informs crime and justice policy and practice in Australia by undertaking, funding and disseminating policy-relevant research of national significance, by generating a crime and justice evidence base, and by establishing a national knowledge centre.Publications
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Annual Report 2020-2021 by the Australian Governement Transparency PortalReportOfficial reports, publications and dataReport
African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT)Reports; PublicationsThe African Center for the Study and Research on Terrorism (ACSRT) contains publications, analysis and reports.Reports
The EU's terrorist listDocumentsThe official EU list of terrorists. Lists include: sanctions against terrorists, restrictive measures applied, criteria for listing, procedure for listing and delisting, sanctions against terrorists.Documents

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