New featured topic on Nigeria: Boko Haram; update on Somalia (al-Shabaab), Pakistan (sectarian violence), and Sudan (Abyei)

We published a new featured topic on the Boko Haram in Nigeria. And the featured topics on Somalia (al-Shabaab), on Pakistan (sectarian violence), and on Sudan and South Sudan (Abyei status) have been updated.’s featured topics offer an overview on selected issues in our focus countries. The information excerpted in our featured topics all comes from sources available on

The new featured topic on Nigeria deals with the group Boko Haram and related events since June 2012.

You can access the featured topics via the country pages, or by using the following links:

Nigeria: Boko Haram

Somalia: Al-Shabaab: Chronology of events since January 2012

Pakistan: Religious and sectarian violence since September 2011

Sudan & South Sudan: the status of the Abyei Area

Afghanistan: General Security Situation in Afghanistan and Events in Kabul

Dagestan: General Security Situation and Events in Dagestan

Syria: Political Unrests 2011/2012

The featured topic on post-election violence in Nigeria has been archived and is no longer updated. The archived copy is available here: Nigeria: post-election violence 2011

[update 10 September 2012: Pakistan updated, 18 September 2012: Sudan updated]

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