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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

XCEPT leadership

XCEPT Consortium Executive Director
Ruth Citrin

XCEPT Consortium Executive Director, Chemonics International

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Deputy Research Director
Mette Bastholm Jensen

Deputy Research Director, Chemonics International

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Principal Investigator
Lina Khatib

Principal Investigator, Chatham House

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Programme Manager
Nathan Shea

Programme Manager, The Asia Foundation

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Co-Principal Investigator
Shiraz Maher

Co-Principal Investigator, King’s College London

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Co-Principal Investigator
Ted Barker

Co-Principal Investigator, King’s College London

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Research Director
Maha Yahya

Research Director, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Project Manager
Anna Rowett

Project Manager, Rift Valley Institute

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Fund and Uptake Director
Charlie de Rivaz

Fund and Uptake Director, Chemonics International

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Programme Director
Alex Ramsbotham

Programme Director, Conciliation Resources

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Programme management

Research Manager
Felix Colchester

Research Manager, Conciliation Resources

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Project Manager
Leah de Haan

Project Manager, Chatham House

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Senior Programme Officer
Tabea Campbell Pauli

Senior Programme Officer, The Asia Foundation

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Research team

Research Lead
Aden Abdi

Research Lead, Conciliation Resources

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Lead Researcher
Ahmed Nagi

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Ahmed Soliman

Research Lead, Chatham House

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Researcher
Armenak Tokmajyan

 Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Azeema Cheema

Research Lead, Verso Consulting

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Research Associate
Azizul Hoque

Research Associate, Brac University

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Lead Researcher
Bader Al-Saif 

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Craig Larkin

Research Lead, King’s College London

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Lead Researcher
Dalia Ghanem  

Lead Researcher, Carnegie Middle East Center

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Research Lead
Daniel Tucker

Research Lead, Conciliation Resources

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South Sudan Researcher
Edward Thomas

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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