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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

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...

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, ...

BRIEFING PAPER

15th March 2022
This briefing paper builds on an empirical study of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the health, economic status, and mobility of wage laborers and ...

RESEARCH REPORT

14th March 2022
This report explores how group rivalries are impeding southern unity, and how this might shape developments in a post-conflict Yemen.

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...

RESEARCH REPORT

7th February 2022
This paper examines the wave of protests that occurred in Basra Governorate from 2018 to 2020. It explores the protests’ causes, the development of th...

BRIEFING PAPER

7th February 2022
This briefing considers the changing political situation in Sudan with a particular focus on the future of the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA) and the evol...

RESEARCH REPORT

12th January 2022
Mobility, opportunity and risk in Hargeisa, Somaliland.

EVENT

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

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...

EVENT

3rd December 2021
On 7 December, XCEPT team members Dr Alexander Ramsbotham of Conciliation Resources and Peter Beaumont of Satellite Applications Catapult took part in...

BLOG

1st December 2021
Ethiopia’s devastating civil war recently entered into its second year and, to achieve peace, both sides in the conflict need to accept some difficult...

BLOG

12th November 2021
As an entrenched military elite tries to protect extensive economic and political interests despite no public support, parts of the old regime are rea...

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...

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BLOG

19th May 2022
Communities living on either side of national borders often forge deep cultural and economic ties but suffer acutely when countries clash. Borders har...

PHOTO ESSAY

29th April 2022
What is it like to be a refugee? This rich collection of multigenerational oral histories sheds light on the unique and personal circumstances of diff...

BLOG

28th April 2022
Western visions for a post-war Syria often entail the creation of disarmament and reintegration programs oriented toward members of Islamist groups an...

BLOG

19th April 2022
Satellite and open-source data are revolutionising research on conflicts, particularly those in remote, hard-to-access regions. But these fast-acceler...

BLOG

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

BLOG

23rd March 2022
This blog is the first in a series published by the Rift Valley Institute to help understand the causes of the drought-related crisis in the Somali re...

BLOG

27th January 2022
The attack of January 17 will force the United Arab Emirates to make one of two choices, neither of them desirable.

BLOG

23rd December 2021
Rising pressure against Lebanon from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states may well be tied to Hezbollah’s role in Yemen.

NEWSLETTER

15th December 2021
Joint bulletin from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center about recent research and activities.

EVENT

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

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.

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?

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 - 23 May
What lessons can be drawn from recent research & programming to inform stabilisation & youth violent extremism prevention in #Syria & #Iraq? Join this @XCEPT_Research panel event to hear experts discuss this important topic: https://t.co/3MdG7rwvO2 https://t.co/yBKZiL0mB9
@XCEPT Research - 20 May
Communities living on either side of the #Ethiopia - #Sudan border have forged deep cultural & economic ties. But the #conflict between these countries may cause lasting harm to these cross-border links. This XCEPT blog explores this timely issue: https://t.co/dpfCTEgLhq https://t.co/glAurVRrml
@XCEPT Research - 18 May
How has life under #Daesh’s brutal rule impacted adolescents? How can #ConflictPrevention & #stabilisation programmes meet young people’s needs? At this @XCEPT_Research event on 26 May, #policy & research experts will discuss these important questions. https://t.co/3MdG7rwvO2 https://t.co/LCQtIMEj2B
@XCEPT Research - 12 May
@XCEPT_Research Co-PI @t_e_d_barker recently spoke about his work on the project. Read this great thread to learn more about the @KingsCollegeLon strand of XCEPT research: @KingsIoPPN @ICSR_Centre @FCDOREDGCSD https://t.co/50jgJB7240
@XCEPT Research - 09 May
@XCEPT_Research partner @RVInews are arranging this fascinating event on "Drought & famine in the Somali territories", drawing on their research for the XCEPT programme. https://t.co/wV0RYbP3RV
@XCEPT Research - 06 May
Across the past decade, violent #conflict has been increasing. The @XCEPT_Research programme produces actionable research to inform policies that support #peace. Learn more about the programme: https://t.co/nTi1QHEbTa https://t.co/VPQmaR51zO
@XCEPT Research - 04 May
RT @Lydia_M_Stone: Reconciliation; it's the knotty post-conflict hurdle. @r_aldoughli explores the prospects and possibilities for Syria in…
@XCEPT Research - 04 May
Hundreds of thousands of members of the #Rohingya community have now fled from #Myanmar. Read about some of these #refugees' experiences in this powerful illustrated blog. This is part of the @XCEPT_Research programme's Rohingya Stories project https://t.co/0XFLTBKbQt https://t.co/sjchbfHVcr
@XCEPT Research - 28 Apr
How can Syria overcome its divisions and begin the process of reconstruction? This timely new @XCEPT_Research article by @r_aldoughli explores this important question: https://t.co/6oDXycxT0h @FCDOREDGCSD https://t.co/gzHXXCxRMN
@XCEPT Research - 21 Apr
What is the @XCEPT_Research programme? #XCEPT’s Consortium Executive Director Ruth Citrin explains what the project hopes to achieve and how it will break new ground in the field of #conflict #research. Explore XCEPT’s research: https://t.co/rAXclI93XM @FCDOREDGCSD https://t.co/PmX1fBR5vw
@XCEPT Research - 19 Apr
Blending hi-tech methods like #SatelliteImagery with field data has transformed #ConflictResearch, improving insight into hard-to-access areas. A comprehensive understanding of crises is crucial if policymakers are to design effective responses. Read more: https://t.co/m1BWTUFGFm https://t.co/h6NOVeWkY1
@XCEPT Research - 24 Mar
RT @CH_MENAP: 🇱🇾 | Join our @XCEPT_Research webinar with @el_khawaga, @emad_badi, @Elham_LFJL & Fleur Auzimour Just to explore the societal…
@XCEPT Research - 24 Mar
RT @RVInews: 'What are the Causes of Somaliland's Drought Crisis?' First blog in @RVInews series highlighting causes of the drought-related…
@XCEPT Research - 16 Mar
"The Taliban takeover caused Afghanistan’s public healthcare system to nearly collapse." Read this excellent new report from @XCEPT_Research partner @Asia_Foundation on how #Covid-19 has impacted wage laborers and women in #Afghanistan's #BorderRegions: https://t.co/dB7OBGvxSJ
@XCEPT Research - 16 Mar
RT @CRbuildpeace: Pastoralism, the practice of livestock herding between grazing, is a vital livelihood for millions in #Africa but is beco…
@XCEPT Research - 15 Mar
What are the barriers to southern Yemenis' political aspirations? This fascinating report from @XCEPT_Research partner @CarnegieMEC explores how group rivalries are impeding southern unity, and how this might shape developments in a post-conflict #Yemen. https://t.co/D0cuwGEBIF https://t.co/ebEnjBCV8x
@XCEPT Research - 10 Mar
RT @ICSR_Centre: We are delighted to announce the launch of a major new project: the XCEPT research programme at @KingsCollegeLon. XCEPT se…
@XCEPT Research - 09 Mar
RT @christinebelled: @hamarquette presentation at this was EXCELLENT. She not only asked all the hard questions but set out really useful t…
@XCEPT Research - 08 Mar
Be sure to attend this fascinating and timely #FragilityForum2022 @WBG_Dev4Peace discussion on identity-based #conflict & #extremism in #Asia, hosted by @XCEPT_Research partners @Asia_Foundation https://t.co/cx7upC05cB