This research component of XCEPT studies networks of influential conflict and non-conflict actors, and the flows of people and commodities that they facilitate, both locally and across borders. It also assesses past and present conflict responses, to identify successes and areas for improvement.

Research is based on case studies spanning South Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, the Sahel and the Horn of Africa.
This component is led by Chemonics and Chatham House, with support from researchers at King’s College London, Conciliation Resources, and the University of Birmingham, and with specialist partner Satellite Applications Catapult. This component of XCEPT also includes a research fund to make research funding awards to researchers, institutions and other grantees.