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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.

 

ARTICLE

10th August 2022
After a decade of civil war, Syria’s border with Turkey is divided. Yet long-term stability will require a peace agreement that treats the border as a...

BRIEFING PAPER

25th July 2022
This research reveals just how fundamentally the rules that govern cross-border trade have changed since the Taliban takeover, upending the political ...

BRIEFING PAPER

22nd July 2022
This policy paper assesses the impact of non-ideological risk factors on radicalisation and violent extremism, namely mental health and trauma. It arg...

BRIEFING PAPER

21st July 2022
The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS has invested heavily in strategic communications, particularly in uses of mass media. However, there is a weak evi...

RESEARCH REPORT

19th July 2022
Despite the importance of prisons to terrorist movements and the surge in the jihadist prison population in the Middle East, relatively little is unde...

RESEARCH REPORT

23rd June 2022
This report aims to amplify a grounded understanding of the everyday reality of communities in fragile border areas, and how conflict shapes their liv...

RESEARCH REPORT

9th June 2022
This paper explores the impacts of intrastate conflict, people smuggling, migration and other illicit transnational dynamics along pathways between Ni...

RESEARCH REPORT

27th May 2022
A report by Kachinland Research Centre explores the political, economic and conflict dynamics along Myanmar’s northeastern border with China

RESEARCH REPORT

20th May 2022
After decades of autocratic rule, Sudan appeared poised for a democratic transition after the ouster in 2019 of former President Omar al-Bashir. In la...

ARTICLE

10th August 2022
After a decade of civil war, Syria’s border with Turkey is divided. Yet long-term stability will require a peace agreement that treats the border as a...

BLOG

3rd August 2022
What’s the potential of storytelling for research that engages with conflict-affected communities?

EVENT

14th July 2022
As part of the Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) program, the X-Border Local Research Network is holding a report launch event...

RESEARCH REPORT

9th June 2022
This paper explores the impacts of intrastate conflict, people smuggling, migration and other illicit transnational dynamics along pathways between Ni...

EVENT

18th May 2022
The Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme held a panel event to discuss the experiences of young people growing...

BLOG

31st March 2022
Learnings from working with Rohingya residing in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh

BRIEFING PAPER

17th March 2022
Recognizing that members of affected populations are central to the development of insights for analyzing the impacts of conflict and local research, ...

RESEARCH REPORT

17th February 2022
This rapid literature review collates information on cross-border pastoral mobility patterns, the connections between this mobility and cross-border c...

EVENT

14th December 2021
The Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme held a virtual panel discussion exploring how technology is advancing...

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BLOG

11th August 2022
How can neuroscience work in conjunction with the social and behavioural sciences to explain violent extremism?

BLOG

10th August 2022
Any policy designed to counter the growing Captagon trade must take into account its impact on local border communities.

BLOG

3rd August 2022
What’s the potential of storytelling for research that engages with conflict-affected communities?

BLOG

29th July 2022
This post highlights the ways in which different groups invoke the wrongs afflicted onto their respective communities to gain leverage over the domina...

BLOG

29th July 2022
Joint bulletin from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center about recent research and activities....

BLOG

25th July 2022
Throughout the history of terrorism, few locations have impacted the evolution of terrorist campaigns as the jail cell. This post outlines some critic...

BLOG

22nd July 2022

Liars, Guns, and Money

Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center

In this interview, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center’s non-resident scholar Armenak Tokmajyan talks about Sarmada, Syria’s border with Turke...

BLOG

30th June 2022
Nigeria is in the midst of a deep security crisis, with armed conflicts and violent crime now a problem in most parts of the country. In rural Nigeria...

BLOG

8th June 2022
Poor infrastructure and even poorer governance is a critical part of the story of healthcare in Iraq, but so too is the complex issue of the movement ...

EVENT

20th July 2022
As part of the Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) program, the X-Border Local Research Network is holding a report launch event...

EVENT

26th May 2022
The Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme held a panel event to discuss the experiences of young people growing...

EVENT

20th January 2022
The Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme held a virtual panel discussion exploring how technology is advancing...

EVENT

7th December 2021
On 7 December, XCEPT team members Dr Alexander Ramsbotham of Conciliation Resources and Peter Beaumont of Satellite Applications Catapult took part in...

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.

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?

Transnational Conflict Dynamics and Policy Responses

How do conflicts connect across borders through flows 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 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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@XCEPT Research - 12 Aug
RT @NafeesHamid: What can neuroscience tell us about violent extremism? A lot, I argue in this @XCEPT_Research @ICSR_Centre piece. https…
@XCEPT Research - 12 Aug
This excellent article by @Narcomania for @VICEWorldNews on the Taliban’s handling of heroin production in Afghanistan includes research for @XCEPT_Research by @AlcisGeo & @mansfieldintinc: https://t.co/YULl28xKEG Full XCEPT report here: https://t.co/IvEegStE4w
@XCEPT Research - 11 Aug
RT @FCDOREDGCSD: FCDO funds research that reaches beyond ivory towers & Whitehall offices. Thanks to @XCEPT_Research @AlcisGeo & @mansfiel…
@XCEPT Research - 11 Aug
What can neuroscience tell us about violent #extremism? Read this insightful @XCEPT_Research blog from @KingsCollegeLon researcher @NafeesHamid to learn how neuroscience can help us better understand processes of #radicalisation: https://t.co/ZYi1uipPHk @FCDOREDGCSD https://t.co/cm8FncYF96
@XCEPT Research - 11 Aug
RT @NafeesHamid: I’ve been called a “phrenologist” and a “Nazi scientist” by some colleagues for having scanned the brains of jihadist supp…
@XCEPT Research - 11 Aug
RT @ICSR_Centre: "Neuroscience need not be seen as a pariah invading the domain of social & behavioural sciences, nor should it be seen as…
@XCEPT Research - 09 Aug
This excellent @USIP commentary on the Taliban's handling of Afghanistan's economy draws on recent research by @AlcisGeo & @mansfieldintinc for @XCEPT_Research: https://t.co/oLSKOx2Wqb @FCDOREDGCSD Read the full XCEPT report here: https://t.co/IvEegStE4w
@XCEPT Research - 08 Aug
RT @CRbuildpeace: In rural #Nigeria, blame for surging violence has focused on cross-border cattle herders – pastoralists whose mobile way…
@XCEPT Research - 04 Aug
RT @Asia_Foundation: As #Islamabad seeks to secure its frontier, #Torkham illustrates the tension between trade and security in conflict-af…
@XCEPT Research - 04 Aug
RT @AlcisGeo: More references to our work with @mansfieldintinc for @XCEPT_Research in this latest @FT article about coal mining in Afgha…
@XCEPT Research - 04 Aug
Exciting to see more reporting from @FinancialTimes drawing on research by @AlcisGeo & @mansfieldintinc for @XCEPT_Research in this article about #Taliban's management of Afghanistan coal industry: https://t.co/2xydA5DtP6 Read the full XCEPT report here: https://t.co/IvEegStE4w
@XCEPT Research - 03 Aug
Why do stories strengthen conflict research? Find out in the latest XCEPT blog, by @paulinezerla: https://t.co/ELaxhxWfJS @warstudies @ICSR_Centre @KingsCollegeLon @FCDOREDGCSD @XCEPT_Research https://t.co/bwprkr1GF9
@XCEPT Research - 03 Aug
RT @ICSR_Centre: "Can community narratives inform conflict research?" Asks @paulinezerla in her latest blog post for @XCEPT_Research 'Stori…
@XCEPT Research - 03 Aug
RT @AlcisGeo: Well worth a read. This @FinancialTimes article references our research and analysis with @mansfieldintinc for @XCEPT_Researc…
@XCEPT Research - 03 Aug
Great to see research by @AlcisGeo for @XCEPT_Research programme being picked up by the @FinancialTimes in this fascinating article exploring the #Taliban's approach to statecraft: https://t.co/cYMyVvHQxa Read the full XCEPT report here: https://t.co/IvEegStE4w
@XCEPT Research - 30 Jul
RT @Asia_Foundation: Since #Myanmar & #China's transition to market economies, trade has intensified in both directions, with the rise in C…
@XCEPT Research - 29 Jul
Are collective memories of past injustices a threat to democratic stability in #Iraq? This @XCEPT_Research article from @KingsCollegeLon researchers @inna_veleva and Ela Khaled explores this important question: https://t.co/SfWSFfNEzy @FCDOREDGCSD https://t.co/RrTM7RESny
@XCEPT Research - 29 Jul
RT @ICSR_Centre: We're looking for a part-time communications officer to join the @XCEPT_Research @KingsSSPP team. Get your application in…
@XCEPT Research - 27 Jul
RT @ICSR_Centre: Back in February, Ela Khaled and Senior Research Fellow @inna_veleva co-authored an @XCEPT_Research Insight on 'The Iraqi…
@XCEPT Research - 26 Jul
How have the #Taliban’s state-building efforts in #Afghanistan fared since their takeover? This @XCEPT_Research report by @AlcisGeo & @mansfieldintinc reveals surprising successes in reducing corruption and improving revenue collection: https://t.co/IvEegStE4w @FCDOREDGCSD https://t.co/QD5I4yG4ND