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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

30th November 2022
A system involving doctors, pharmacists, political parties, armed groups, and businesspeople fuels corruption and conflict in a medicine supply chain ...

BRIEFING PAPER

16th November 2022
This briefing considers the changing political situation in Sudan with a particular focus on the future of the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA).

BRIEFING PAPER

15th November 2022
A complex and interrelated set of historical and communal grievances involving issues of identity, livelihood, and political exclusion are driving the...

BRIEFING PAPER

15th November 2022
Long-term conflict in the Two Areas, falling largely along ethnic lines, has caused deep-rooted grievances, in particular around governance.

RESEARCH REPORT

9th November 2022
As part of a wider attempt to increase export revenues amidst weak economic performance, Ethiopian authorities doubled the price of khat for exports t...

RESEARCH REPORT

1st November 2022
Focusing on the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this report examines the historical origins of the Red Sea region’s structural food insecurit...

RESEARCH REPORT

26th October 2022
Saudi Arabia’s security is contingent on Yemen’s stability and economic prosperity. As such, Riyadh should help revive Yemen’s moribund economy, in bo...

ARTICLE

5th October 2022
The military regime’s attempts to restrict imports and ration foreign currency have boosted illicit border trade at Myawaddy in Kayin State, putting i...

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-...

BLOG

23rd November 2022
Across parts of Africa, conflict – both local and global – is compounding the negative economic effects of COVID-19, with price increases causing hard...

BRIEFING PAPER

15th November 2022
Long-term conflict in the Two Areas, falling largely along ethnic lines, has caused deep-rooted grievances, in particular around governance.

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...

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BLOG

1st December 2022
On the Syria-Lebanon border, the reason why someone requires the help of people smugglers will determine the route – and the price.

BLOG

23rd November 2022
Abdullahi Umar Eggi grew up in a nomadic family in Taraba State, Nigeria, and has undertaken extensive research to understand how and why pastoralism ...

BLOG

23rd November 2022
Across parts of Africa, conflict – both local and global – is compounding the negative economic effects of COVID-19, with price increases causing hard...

BLOG

21st November 2022
As the Iraqi government repatriates IS-affiliated families from al-Hol camp in Syria, Joana Cook looks at what’s next for the children who grew up und...

BLOG

31st October 2022
With war on the rise for a decade, King’s College London has gathered a team of experts from fields not typically associated with war research. The ho...

PODCAST

4th October 2022
Over decades of conflict and instability, the border town of Torkham, one of the main crossing points between Afghanistan and Pakistan, has found a wa...

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...

NEWS

26th October 2022
Addressing securitization in conflict zones in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia

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...

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?  

What is XCEPT?

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.

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 - 05 Dec
RT @ChathamHouse: The story of moving medicine is not just about the road that links Basra to Baghdad, it is a critical supply chain which…
@XCEPT Research - 02 Dec
RT @MazenEzzi: Delighted my article "The motives and methods of people smuggling between Syria and Lebanon" for @XCEPT_Research, @CH_MENAP…
@XCEPT Research - 02 Dec
RT @ChathamHouse: The story of moving medicine is not just the road that links Basra to Baghdad, it is a supply chain which is central to c…
@XCEPT Research - 02 Dec
RT @CH_MENAP: In this @XCEPT_Research article, @MazenEzzi discusses the motives and methods of people smuggling on the Syria-Lebanon border…
@XCEPT Research - 01 Dec
RT @CRbuildpeace: Is pastoralism under threat in Nigeria's borderlands? Abdullahi Umar Eggi is researching cross-border pastoralism, envir…
@XCEPT Research - 30 Nov
RT @CH_MENAP: In this @XCEPT_Research feature, @renadmansour sheds light on the pharmaceutical trade in #Iraq, and how this transnational c…
@XCEPT Research - 29 Nov
RT @CH_MENAP: Twitter Space🎙️| The political economy in Syria’s regime-controlled areas Join us later today to discuss @ChathamHouse's @XC…
@XCEPT Research - 29 Nov
RT @CRbuildpeace: Pastoralism faces an uncertain future in northern #Nigeria’s borderlands, in the face of insecurity, land pressure and in…
@XCEPT Research - 25 Nov
RT @CH_MENAP: Twitter Space🎙️| The political economy in Syria’s regime-controlled areas: a transnational perspective Join us on Tuesday 29…
@XCEPT Research - 25 Nov
Russia's invasion of Ukraine, COVID, and long-term structural issues have contributed to a global cost of living crisis. New research from @XCEPT_Research awardee Emani explores how this has impacted communities across Africa: https://t.co/tcPc0ubREE @FCDOREDGCSD https://t.co/hYyFGy45EK
@XCEPT Research - 25 Nov
RT @nateshea: It was a privilege to share our @XCEPT_Research insights on people-focused policymaking at @GenevaPeaceWeek and at the #Genev…
@XCEPT Research - 23 Nov
RT @CRbuildpeace: NEW: Is pastoralism under threat in Nigeria's borderlands? We spoke to researcher Abdullahi Umar Eggi about his @XCEPT_…
@XCEPT Research - 22 Nov
RT @CRbuildpeace: JOB: Great opportunity for a Project Manager to coordinate and support delivery of policy research on cross-border pastor…
@XCEPT Research - 18 Nov
Our partners at @CRbuildpeace are recruiting a Nairobi-based Project Manager to oversee their research for the @XCEPT_Research programme and for programme development. Read more info and apply here: https://t.co/O1YEHSf29u
@XCEPT Research - 18 Nov
RT @RVInews: One Year After the Coup. The 5th & final briefing in @XCEPT_Research 'What Next for Sudan's Peace Process' series on the chang…
@XCEPT Research - 18 Nov
RT @ICSR_Centre: As the Iraqi government repatriates IS-affiliated families from al-Hol camp in Syria, @Joana_Cook looks at what’s next for…
@XCEPT Research - 14 Nov
RT @StateCSO: DAS Matthew Steinhelfer enjoyed a productive conversation with Nathanael Bevan of @FCDOResearch and Ruth Citrin of @XCEPT_Res…
@XCEPT Research - 11 Nov
Employment opportunity! XCEPT is looking for Substantive Editors and Copy Editors. Read more for further details and how to apply: https://t.co/LANgJvWvzA https://t.co/WaOAkQcniD
@XCEPT Research - 11 Nov
RT @CRbuildpeace: JOBS: Recruiting for some very exciting positions this month, across our departments and offices. Incl. a Project Manager…
@XCEPT Research - 11 Nov
RT @nateshea: At last week's @GenevaPeaceWeek I spoke to @nboissez from @FondHirondelle and @InterpeaceTweet about The @Asia_Foundation's…