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Building evidence on cross-border conflict

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

Funded by UK Aid, XCEPT includes actionable research on international conflict response to inform policies and programmes that support peace.

ARTICLE

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

BRIEFING PAPER

27th May 2021
Tunisia’s informal trade networks reflect growing trends: the country’s progressive shift away from Europe, and the rise of Turkey and China as major ...

RESEARCH REPORT

21st April 2021
This report focuses on the borderland region between Sudan and Ethiopia, using gold-mining and trade to examine transnational flows of people and comm...

ARTICLE

19th April 2021
As border crossings reopen, Jordanian authorities might have to tolerate a degree of informal petty trade with Syria to revive Ramtha’s economy and pr...

BRIEFING PAPER

30th March 2021
An analysis Covid-19’s effects in the Southern Philippines and health protocols in the Sulu archipelago.

ARTICLE

19th March 2021
Kuwait and Iraq have worked hard to rebuild bilateral ties. Resolving their maritime dispute as part of larger discussions could provide a model of di...

RESEARCH REPORT

2nd March 2021
In the Horn of Africa there is a dynamic interplay between land and sea that has shaped political, economic and social relationships.

BRIEFING PAPER

23rd February 2021
This briefing paper examines the emergence of informal camp markets in the Rohingya refugee camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, the products sold, and t...

BRIEFING PAPER

23rd February 2021
This policy brief, a joint publication by Centre for Peace and Justice, Brac University and The Asia Foundation, conveys findings from a rapid analysi...

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...

EVENT

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

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...

BLOG

2nd October 2020

A Fluid Frontier

Kheder Khaddour

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

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...

NEWSLETTER

18th November 2019
Joint bulletin from the X-Border Local research Network about recent research and activities from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Carn...

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...

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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.

PODCAST

13th January 2021
Displaced Tastes is a collaborative research project run by the Rift Valley Institute and the Catholic University of South Sudan as part of the X-Bord...

BLOG

15th December 2020
Because of Covid-19 restrictions, researchers have had to find alternative ways of getting information.

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...

BLOG

22nd October 2020

Permission to Kill

Armenak Tokmajyan

The rules of what is deemed acceptable political behavior are constantly shifting in Syria, with perilous consequences.

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

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

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

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

How do conflicts connect across borders through the flow of people, weapons, and resources?

Conflict Dynamics and Response

How can we undo the cross-border relationships and interests that empower armed actors?

Violent and Peaceful Behaviour

Why are individuals and groups violent, and how can we facilitate peace?

PARTNERS

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

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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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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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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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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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