Changing patterns in terrorism and the threat to business and sectors
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Changing Patterns in Terrorism and the Threat to Business
The grip of the so-called Islamic State (IS) may have loosened in its Middle Eastern heartland, but the global threat posed by Islamist terrorism has grown and spread. Control Risks’ incident tracking shows the majority of Islamist attacks still happen in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), with 2,273 incidents between 30 April 2017 and 30 April 2018. But despite being the most affected region, the number of attacks in the MENA region has been declining. In contrast, Asia Pacific and Africa reached record numbers of incidents, while the EU has been on a broadly upward trend in recent years.
The number of Islamist extremist attacks in Africa and Asia-Pacific in 2017 – 2018 shows a sharp rise compared with 2013, before the global emergence of IS.