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XCEPT seeks to better understand the drivers of conflict and inform effective policy and programme responses.

 Over the last 10 years, conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Asia have stalled development and eroded governance, economic and social structures, creating the conditions for violence and serious organised crime to flourish. Violence exacerbates political and cultural tensions, pushes vulnerable communities into poverty, destroys lives and livelihoods, and accelerates climate change. To reverse this deadly trend, we must understand the underlying drivers of cross-border conflict so they can be addressed by governments and NGOs.

XCEPT is a research programme that brings together world-leading conflict research experts to respond to this challenge.

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?

Our partners

Our team

Consortium Executive Director
Ruth Citrin

Consortium Executive Director, Chemonics International

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Programme Manager
Nathan Shea

Programme Manager, The Asia Foundation

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Project Manager
Anna Rowett

Project Manager, Rift Valley Institute

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Research Director
Maha Yahya

Research Director, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Principal Investigator
Christine Cheng

Principal Investigator, King’s College London

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Principal Investigator
Lina Khatib

Principal Investigator, Chatham House

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Project Director
Andrea Wegner

Project Director, Chemonics International

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Project Advisor
Michael Shaw

Project Advisor, Chemonics International

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Fund and Uptake Director
Charlie de Rivaz

Fund and Uptake Director, Chemonics International

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Research Lead
Renad Mansour

Research Lead, Chatham House

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Programme Director
Alex Ramsbotham

Programme Director, Conciliation Resources

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Research Lead
Ahmed Soliman

Research Lead, Chatham House

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Research Lead
Mohamed El Dahshan

Research Lead, Chatham House

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Research Lead
Patricia Lewis

Research Lead, Chatham House

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Research Lead
Tim Eaton

Research Lead, Chatham House

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Research Lead
Daniel Tucker

Research Lead, Conciliation Resources

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Research Lead
Kennedy Tumutegyereize

Research Lead, Conciliation Resources

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Research Lead
Aden Abdi

Research Lead, Conciliation Resources

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Research Lead
Azeema Cheema

Research Lead, The Asia Foundation

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South Sudan Researcher
Enrico Ille

South Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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South Sudan Researcher
Nicki Kindersley

South Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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Lead Researcher
Starjoan Villanueva

Lead Researcher, The Asia Foundation

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Lead Researcher
Jessica Olney

Lead Researcher, The Asia Foundation

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Lead Researcher
Ahmed Nagi

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Lead Researcher
Dalia Ghanem  

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Lead Researcher
Hamza Meddeb

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Lead Researcher
Bader Al-Saif 

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Lead Researcher
Mohanad Hage Ali

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Lead Researcher
Kheder Khaddour

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Somalia and the Red Sea Region Researcher
Jatin Dua

Somalia and the Red Sea Region Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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South Sudan Researcher
Freddie Carver

South Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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South Sudan Researcher
Edward Thomas

South Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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Researcher
Armenak Tokmajyan

 Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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South Sudan Researcher
Joseph Diing

South Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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Sudan Researcher
Mohamed Salah

Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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Somalia Researcher
Sahra Ahmed Koshin

Somalia Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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Lead Researcher
Harith Hasan

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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