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20th October 2021

Iran’s Fuel Shipment to Lebanon Requires Regional Policy Shi...

Lina Khatib

The Iran fuel shipment to Lebanon was significant not because of its size but because of what it signals about regional conflict.

RESEARCH REPORT

2nd September 2021

The Social Logics of Protest Violence in Iraq: Explaining Di...

Southeast Iraq has witnessed considerable protest violence in recent years. This research finds that altering these violent dynamics requires access t...

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25th August 2021

Unfinished Business in Daraa

Armenak Tokmajyan

Regime forces are staging a comeback in southern Syria, and this time Russia may be helping matters.

RESEARCH REPORT

16th July 2021

Illicit Flows Fuelling Conflict in the Tri-Border

This XCEPT research report examines the intersection of armed actors, gold mining and migration in the tri-border area of Chad, Libya and Sudan. The...

NEWSLETTER

23rd June 2021

Peripheral Vision: Views from the Borderlands – Spring 2021...

Joint bulletin from the X-Border Local Research Network about recent research and activities from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malc...

RESEARCH REPORT

14th June 2021

Yemeni Border Markets: From Economic Incubator to Military F...

Border markets on Yemen’s northwestern border with Saudi Arabia gave rise to a distinct economic system and bridged communities. Yet the war in Yeme...

ARTICLE

2nd June 2021

How the Small Town of Sarmada Became Syria’s Gateway to the ...

Idlib is heavily dependent on the delivery of aid, the disruption of which would almost surely create a humanitarian crisis.

RESEARCH REPORT

27th May 2021

The Hidden Face of Informal Cross-Border Trade in Tunisia Af...

Tunisia’s informal trade networks reflect growing trends: the country’s progressive shift away from Europe, and the rise of Turkey and China as major ...

RESEARCH REPORT

14th May 2021

Basra Governorate: A Locality in Crisis. Local Government Cr...

This research addresses the reasons behind the failure of Basra’s local government in providing services to its citizens and analyses the impact of th...

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30th April 2021

How the Ever Given Gave Us a Lesson in Chokepoint Politics

Jatin Dua

After six days stationary in the Suez Canal, the Ever Given was finally unstuck. While its name will soon become a piece of trivia about blocking one ...

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26th April 2021

Sailors Without a Sea

Armenak Tokmajyan

Jordan’s bahhara have suffered from a closed border with Syria, but efforts to resume informal trade ties continue.

ARTICLE

19th April 2021

Thwarting Jordan’s Bahhara Trade With Syria Risks Social Unr...

As border crossings reopen, Jordanian authorities might have to tolerate a degree of informal petty trade with Syria to revive Ramtha’s economy and pr...

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14th April 2021

Yemen and Coronavirus

Ahmed Nagi

The new coronavirus is spreading into conflict-affected states. The pandemic and efforts to contain it are much more likely to aggravate and multiply ...

RESEARCH REPORT

31st March 2021

Along the Kuwaiti-Saudi Border, Stability Is Built on Flexib...

Over time, the Kuwait-Saudi border has developed a unique, flexible approach of firm physical boundaries but open economic boundaries. This approach...

RESEARCH REPORT

30th March 2021

The Making of the Kurdish Frontier: Power, Conflict, and Gov...

The Iraqi-Syrian border continues to be geopolitically restless. Kurdish parties have taken advantage of central government weaknesses to increase t...

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