Two new featured topics: on Al-Shabaab in Somalia and on sectarian violence in Pakistan

Two new  featured topics are available: an overview on events related to the armed group Al-Shabaab in Somalia since October 2011 and an overview on sectarian violence in Pakistan since September 2011.’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 You can access the featured topics via the country pages, or by using the following links:

Somalia: Al-Shabaab: Chronology of events since October 2011

Pakistan: Religious and sectarian violence since September 2011

Dagestan: General Security Situation and Events in Dagestan

Afghanistan: General Security Situation in Afghanistan and Events in Kabul

Syria: Political Developments

Sudan & South Sudan: the status of the Abyei Area

Nigeria: post-election violence 2011

Additionally, please note: Freedom House recently relaunched its website. Therefore, nearly all hyperlinks to Freedom House reports available on are broken. We are currently working to correct the links, as Freedom House is planning to make available their older reports online again.

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