Date of Award

Spring 5-1-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department/Program

Criminal Justice

Language

English

First Advisor

Charles B. Strozier

Second Reader

Joshua D. Freilich

Third Advisor

Jeff Mellow

Abstract

Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the amount of global terrorism incidents. There has also been an increase in the amount of organizations that commit these acts of terror. Specifically, the attacks seem to have increased drastically since 2010 because the year signifies the beginning of the downfall of Osama bin Laden, leader of al-Qaeda at the time. The current study explores and analyzes the pattern of non-U.S. global terrorism between 2010 and 2016. Between the timeframe, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) began to gain tremendous ground and territory globally and would later go on to be described as the new form of al-Qaeda by many scholars in the field of terrorism. Eventually, the terror organization would start to decline, but the understanding of global terrorism during that timeframe is essential to this study because of the amount of horror and fear witnessed throughout the world during those years. The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) by START is used due to its information of all the terrorism incidents that occurred between 2010 and 2016. The variables of interest are the sheer number of attacks between the years specified, the lethality of the attacks, the geographic region such as where they occurred, and which organization carried out the attack in that specific nation. Through a univarite analysis and descriptive statistics, the data presents the pattern of global terrorism from 2010 to 2016 and explains whether there are key trends that existed during that time period.

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