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Building evidence on cross-border conflict

The Cross-Border Conflict, Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme brings together world-leading experts to examine conflict-affected borderlands, how conflicts connect across borders, and the drivers of violent and peaceful behaviour.

Funded by UK Aid, XCEPT offers actionable research to inform policies and programmes that support peace.

 

RESEARCH REPORT

3rd October 2021
Regularly Irregular focuses on the Gaashamo corridor—a series of small border crossings between Ethiopia and Somaliland—to analyze the everyday govern...

RESEARCH REPORT

1st October 2021
Lasanod: City at the Margins examines the economic and political consequences of this ambiguous borderland status, which has led to new forms of reven...

RESEARCH REPORT

2nd September 2021
Southeast Iraq has witnessed considerable protest violence in recent years. This research finds that altering these violent dynamics requires access t...

RESEARCH REPORT

16th August 2021
Unequal Adaptations considers how Little Ice Age (c1640-c1820) and the 1887 introduction of rinderpest can help us better understand the Horn of Afr...

RESEARCH REPORT

16th July 2021
This XCEPT research report examines the intersection of armed actors, gold mining and migration in the tri-border area of Chad, Libya and Sudan. The...

RESEARCH REPORT

14th June 2021
Border markets on Yemen’s northwestern border with Saudi Arabia gave rise to a distinct economic system and bridged communities. Yet the war in Yeme...

BRIEFING PAPER

14th June 2021
This policy brief, a joint publication by Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University (CPJ), and The Asia Foundation, conveys findings from a rapid ...

BRIEFING PAPER

14th June 2021
This policy brief, a joint publication by Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University (CPJ), and The Asia Foundation, conveys findings from a rapid ...

ARTICLE

2nd June 2021
Idlib is heavily dependent on the delivery of aid, the disruption of which would almost surely create a humanitarian crisis.

RESEARCH REPORT

2nd September 2021
Southeast Iraq has witnessed considerable protest violence in recent years. This research finds that altering these violent dynamics requires access t...

NEWSLETTER

2nd December 2020
How political, security and socio-economic developments affect the people living in contested borderlands and, reversely, how border dynamics shape ch...

EVENT

19th October 2020
A focus on recent research on local populations’ everyday experience of transnational connectedness in the Horn and the implications for the aid and d...

EVENT

19th October 2020
The session provides insights into the needs of refugees, their coping strategies, family ties abroad, and the adequacy and limitations of the current...

BLOG

2nd October 2020

A Fluid Frontier

Kheder Khaddour

Turkey is altering the nature of Syrian border areas, perhaps presaging more far-reaching steps.

EVENT

8th July 2020
This discussion, held in Arabic, provides an overview of the geo-political implications of involvement in Yemen.

RESEARCH REPORT

31st March 2020
Mahra in eastern Yemen has relied on a tribal code of conduct to escape the worst excesses of the country’s civil war. Localized forms of conflict man...

BLOG

5th February 2020
A violent campaign of persecution has driven an exodus of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority from the northern state of Rakhine into neighboring count...

BLOG

22nd January 2020
In Games without Rules, author and former Asia Foundation colleague Tamim Ansary argues that bringing rural Afghanistan under centralized rule has bee...

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BLOG

14th September 2021
A conversation with Joseph Diing Majok in South Sudan on his scholarship-winning research under the XCEPT programme.

BLOG

25th August 2021

Unfinished Business in Daraa

Armenak Tokmajyan

Regime forces are staging a comeback in southern Syria, and this time Russia may be helping matters.

PODCAST

21st July 2021
When the Myanmar military reclaimed power in February after a decade of democratic government, it disrupted the delicate peace process with Myanmar’s ...

NEWSLETTER

23rd June 2021
Joint bulletin from the X-Border Local Research Network about recent research and activities from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malc...

BLOG

30th April 2021
After six days stationary in the Suez Canal, the Ever Given was finally unstuck. While its name will soon become a piece of trivia about blocking one ...

BLOG

26th April 2021

Sailors Without a Sea

Armenak Tokmajyan

Jordan’s bahhara have suffered from a closed border with Syria, but efforts to resume informal trade ties continue.

BLOG

14th April 2021
The new coronavirus is spreading into conflict-affected states. The pandemic and efforts to contain it are much more likely to aggravate and multiply ...

PODCAST

10th March 2021
RVI’s Magnus Taylor speaks with RVI researchers, Joseph Diing Majok and Nicki Kindersley, about their latest report, “Breaking Out of the Borderlands:...

BLOG

21st January 2021

A Senseless Silencing

Sherif Mohyeldeen

By impeding research, Egypt curtails knowledge that can help resolve crises, especially in border areas.

EVENT

22nd January 2021
On Friday, January 22, the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center held a virtual panel discussion to examine the local actors and geopolitical s...

EVENT

20th August 2020
A focus on recent research on local populations’ everyday experience of transnational connectedness in the Horn and the implications for the aid and d...

EVENT

20th August 2020
The session provides insights into the needs of refugees, their coping strategies, family ties abroad, and the adequacy and limitations of the current...

EVENT

19th October 2020
This is an interactive report on how individuals move and interact across borders and transnationally. The report summarises the outcomes of these di...

EVENT

8th July 2020
This discussion, held in Arabic, provides an overview of the geo-political implications of involvement in Yemen.

EVENT

22nd January 2021
To discuss the Algerian-Tunisian border relationship, the Carnegie Middle East Center hosted a virtual panel discussion on Monday, June 22nd. The eve...

Our research

XCEPT consists of three research components with different constellations of research partners:

X-Border Local Research Network

What are the causes and implications of conflict in border areas? How can we develop local research skills to investigate these issues?

Conflict Dynamics and Policy Response

How do conflicts connect across borders throughflows of people, weapons, and resources? How should policy responses adapt?

Violent and Peaceful Behaviour

What behavioural factors drive violence and enable peace? What are the implications for recovery and conflict prevention?  

PARTNERS

Chatham House is a world-leading policy institute, with a mission to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous, and just world.

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The Asia Foundation is a non-profit international development organisation committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia.

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Chemonics International is one of the world’s leading partners in international development. As the world’s largest government funded development practitioner, Chemonics has a unique understanding of what works on programmes across fragile and conflict affected states.

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Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center is an independent research institute based in Beirut, Lebanon, that is part of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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King’s College London (KCL) is a public research university and a member institution of the federal University of London. Research is core to King’s: it is what we do, what we care about and how we educate.

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The Rift Valley Institute (RVI) is an independent, non-profit organisation, founded in Sudan in 2001, whose researchers currently work across eastern and central Africa.

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Conciliation Resources is an independent international organisation working with people involved in conflict to prevent violence and build peace, and providing advice, support and practical resources.

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The University of Birmingham’s Governance and Social Development Resource Centre (GSDRC) has an extensive record of providing its distinctive demand-responsive research helpdesk service to development policymakers and practitioners since 2001. The helpdesk delivers fast syntheses of research and evidence to support development agencies’ policy and operational needs.

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The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent, innovation and technology research organisation. Our mission is ‘to innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites. We help organisations make use of, and benefit from, satellite technologies.

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