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About XCEPT

XCEPT seeks to better understand conflict-affected borderlands, how conflicts connect across borders, and the factors that shape violent and peaceful behaviour, to inform effective policy and programme responses.

Conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Asia intersect through flows of people, weapons and resources, creating intricate cross-border conflict systems. These knit the formal and informal, licit and illicit in ways that empower armed actors, enmesh conflict with crime and violent extremism, and ensnare local communities. They make protracted conflicts even more difficult to resolve. International conflict response needs to innovate to meet the challenges of cross-border conflict. This includes transcending state-centric approaches to tackle the transnational networks that drive and sustain conflict and support communities coping with protracted crisis.

XCEPT melds mixed-methods research and field data collection with satellite data and open-source investigations  to deepen insight on hard-to-access areas. The programme includes the XCEPT Research Fund to enable responsive research on emerging conflicts and to build evidence on what works to stabilise, resolve and prevent conflict.

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?

Conflict Dynamics and Policy Response

How do conflicts connect across borders throughflows 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?  

Our partners

Our team

Research Lead
Tim Eaton

Research Lead, Chatham House

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Senior Programme Officer
Tabea Campbell Pauli

Senior Programme Officer, The Asia Foundation

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Lead Researcher
Starjoan Villanueva

Lead Researcher, The Asia Foundation

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Somalia Researcher
Sahra Ahmed Koshin

Somalia Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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Consortium Executive Director
Ruth Citrin

Consortium Executive Director, Chemonics International

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XCEPT Research Fund awardee
RHIPTO

XCEPT Research Fund awardee

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Research Lead
Renad Mansour

Research Lead, Chatham House

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Research Lead
Patricia Lewis

Research Lead, Chatham House

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South Sudan Researcher
Nicki Kindersley

South Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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Programme Manager
Nathan Shea

Programme Manager, The Asia Foundation

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Lead Researcher
Mohanad Hage Ali

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Sudan Researcher
Mohamed Salah

Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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Research Lead
Mohamed El Dahshan

Research Lead, Chatham House

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Project Advisor
Michael Shaw

Project Advisor, Chemonics International

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Research Director
Maha Yahya

Research Director, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Principal Investigator
Lina Khatib

Principal Investigator, Chatham House

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Lead Researcher
Kheder Khaddour

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Kennedy Tumutegyereize

Research Lead, Conciliation Resources

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South Sudan Researcher
Joseph Diing

South Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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Lead Researcher
Jessica Olney

Lead Researcher, The Asia Foundation

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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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Lead Researcher
Harith Hasan

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Lead Researcher
Hamza Meddeb

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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South Sudan Researcher
Freddie Carver

South Sudan Researcher, Rift Valley Institute

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South Sudan Researcher
Enrico Ille

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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Research Lead
Daniel Tucker

Research Lead, Conciliation Resources

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Lead Researcher
Dalia Ghanem  

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Fund and Uptake Director
Charlie de Rivaz

Fund and Uptake Director, Chemonics International

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Lead Researcher
Bader Al-Saif 

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Associate
Azizul Hoque

Research Associate, Brac University

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Research Lead
Azeema Cheema

Research Lead, Verso Consulting

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Researcher
Armenak Tokmajyan

 Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Project Manager
Anna Rowett

Project Manager, Rift Valley Institute

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Project Director
Andrea Wegner

Project Director, Chemonics International

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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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Lead Researcher
Ahmed Nagi

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Aden Abdi

Research Lead, Conciliation Resources

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