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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

28th September 2022
This study explores the impact of a decade of conflict and violent extremism on adolescents in the northeast Syrian governorates of Raqqa and Deir ez-...

RESEARCH REPORT

21st September 2022
Tunisia’s planned free trade zone in Ben Guerdane has stalled while similar projects in Libya have advanced. If Tunisian authorities move quickly to r...

RESEARCH REPORT

24th August 2022
The collapse of the Government of Afghanistan in August 2021 and takeover by the Taliban resulted in political, economic, and social turmoil that has ...

RESEARCH REPORT

24th August 2022
In light of Afghanistan’s regime change, coupled with the pandemic and an already tenuous economic situation, it is critical to understand the livelih...

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...

BLOG

25th August 2022
In August 2022 it will be five years since the start of one of the world’s most severe humanitarian crises, yet the political and security dynamics su...

BLOG

24th August 2022
This blog post examines the role of mental health and conflict-related trauma in driving individuals towards embracing violent extremism.

RESEARCH REPORT

24th August 2022
The collapse of the Government of Afghanistan in August 2021 and takeover by the Taliban resulted in political, economic, and social turmoil that has ...

RESEARCH REPORT

24th August 2022
In light of Afghanistan’s regime change, coupled with the pandemic and an already tenuous economic situation, it is critical to understand the livelih...

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 held a report launch event to ex...

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...

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BLOG

28th September 2022
Despite observers claiming that Iraq’s Tishreen protest movement has been coerced into silence, this blog argues that it maintains mobilisation moment...

BLOG

15th September 2022
The case of the Salafi groups underscores the complex evolution of cross-border exchange of religious ideas, with external powers able to grow influen...

BLOG

15th September 2022
When the military launched a coup against the civilian government in October 2021, some of the rebel leaders sided with the country’s generals, rather...

BLOG

30th August 2022
The capture of fertile agricultural land in Western Tigray and the eastern Sudanese Al Fashaga region sheds light on how profits from cash crops help ...

BLOG

25th August 2022
In August 2022 it will be five years since the start of one of the world’s most severe humanitarian crises, yet the political and security dynamics su...

BLOG

24th August 2022
This blog post examines the role of mental health and conflict-related trauma in driving individuals towards embracing violent extremism.

BLOG

18th August 2022
This commentary explores why the welfare of the researcher frequently slips through the net of the ethical principle to ‘do no harm’.

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.

EVENT

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

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

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 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 - 28 Sep
RT @FCDOREDGCSD: 🤔Stimulating @XCEPT_Research blog by @RubaAlHassani on the power or storytelling, and how "constructive storytelling" can…
@XCEPT Research - 28 Sep
@XCEPT_Research’s latest report explores the impact of 11 years of conflict on Syrian young people. Hear directly from teenagers about their experiences of living in #Daesh-held areas. Learn more about how to boost resilience against violence & #extremism: https://t.co/EwStjnlS7S https://t.co/F0TYcVAakU
@XCEPT Research - 28 Sep
RT @FCDOREDGCSD: Fascinating first-person voice from teenagers sharing their experiences of living in #Daesh-held areas of NE #Syria. @XCEP…
@XCEPT Research - 28 Sep
RT @HaidHaid22: Our new report for @XCEPT_Research explores the impact of 11 years of conflict & extremism on young people in #Syria. It fi…
@XCEPT Research - 28 Sep
RT @JamesKhalil1: Really pleased to announce the release of a new report by @HaidHaid22, Alex Fisher & myself for @XCEPT_Research. It explo…
@XCEPT Research - 26 Sep
RT @Asia_Foundation: Since #Myanmar & #China’s transition to market economies, trade has intensified in both directions, with the rise in C…
@XCEPT Research - 14 Sep
RT @Asia_Foundation: How are political, security, and socioeconomic developments affecting people living in contested borderlands? & how ar…
@XCEPT Research - 14 Sep
RT @Asia_Foundation: Increased border trade in #Myanmar has enabled authorities to improve & expand transport, though political contestatio…
@XCEPT Research - 26 Aug
RT @RVInews: 10. 'War, Migration and Work' by Joseph Diing Majok This report examines the history of labour migration and relations in pr…
@XCEPT Research - 26 Aug
RT @RVInews: 7. Child Labour, Education and Commodification in South Sudan This report examines changes in child labour in South Sudan and…
@XCEPT Research - 26 Aug
RT @RVInews: 2. 'What next for the Juba Peace Agreement ?' looks at the political and security dynamics in Darfur. https://t.co/PVt6Ah3JMh…
@XCEPT Research - 25 Aug
Five years on from the start of the crisis, @XCEPT_research partner @CPJ_BRACU writes that “sustainable, long-term solutions for displaced Rohingya will require a comprehensive refugee policy in Bangladesh.” Read more here: https://t.co/2OIZhxNqXZ
@XCEPT Research - 15 Aug
RT @AlcisGeo: Thank you @b_parkyn for including our @XCEPT_Research work with @mansfieldintinc in your excellent series in the @FinancialTi…
@XCEPT Research - 15 Aug
RT @AlcisGeo: This @viceworldnews article explores the Taliban ban on opium and ephedrine production with quotes by our colleague @mansfiel…
@XCEPT Research - 15 Aug
XCEPT research by @AlcisGeo & @mansfieldintinc has once more been included in reporting for @FinancialTimes, in this fascinating article by @b_parkyn on the security of Afghanistan's roads: https://t.co/afiBPAaFrQ @FCDOREDGCSD Full @XCEPT_Research report: https://t.co/IvEegStE4w
@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…