Very much looking forward to seeing insights coming from a number of projects trying to get a data-driven handle on terrorism around the world. Hopefully this will allow us all to push back on some of the sillier political and media reports.
First off, a definition. Terrorism is:
The threatened or actual use of illegal force and violence by a non-state actor to attain a political, economic, religious, or social goal through fear, coercion, or intimidation.
If only we could drop religious from the list: it is a subset of social, after all.
Radicalization suffers from a lack of data,â€ said Patrick James, a researcher at the center. â€œAnd thatâ€™s a problem â€” itâ€™s hard to form an effective response to something if you donâ€™t have an empirical basis for studying it. You canâ€™t distinguish between people who are likely to commit violence and people who arenâ€™t. Thatâ€™s the real golden goose weâ€™re trying to get.