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Communities that sit in conflict-affected borderlands are often subject to a complex combination of cultural and geographical factors. XCEPT’s research into these conflict areas explores local governance, other influential actors, and the alternative institutions and strategies that borderland communities rely upon to protect themselves against violence and abuse. It also examines how economic transitions, markets, and trade are affected by changes in the social and political context of a borderland community.

Below you can find and download publications by XCEPT partners that investigate the unique contexts of conflict-affected borderlands.


10th August 2022

After a decade of civil war, Syria’s border with Turkey is divided. Yet long-term stability will require a peace agreement that treats the border as a...


29th July 2022

Joint bulletin from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center about recent research and activities....


25th July 2022

This research reveals just how fundamentally the rules that govern cross-border trade have changed since the Taliban takeover, upending the political ...


Liars, Guns, and Money

Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center

22nd July 2022

In this interview, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center’s non-resident scholar Armenak Tokmajyan talks about Sarmada, Syria’s border with Turke...


Virtual Launch Event: Border Towns, Market and Conflict

Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center

14th July 2022

As part of the Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) program, the X-Border Local Research Network is holding a report launch event...


23rd June 2022

This report aims to amplify a grounded understanding of the everyday reality of communities in fragile border areas, and how conflict shapes their liv...


27th May 2022

A report by Kachinland Research Centre explores the political, economic and conflict dynamics along Myanmar’s northeastern border with China


20th May 2022

After decades of autocratic rule, Sudan appeared poised for a democratic transition after the ouster in 2019 of former President Omar al-Bashir. In la...


19th May 2022

Communities living on either side of national borders often forge deep cultural and economic ties but suffer acutely when countries clash. Borders har...


29th April 2022

What is it like to be a refugee? This rich collection of multigenerational oral histories sheds light on the unique and personal circumstances of diff...


31st March 2022

Learnings from working with Rohingya residing in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh


23rd March 2022

This blog is the first in a series published by the Rift Valley Institute to help understand the causes of the drought-related crisis in the Somali re...


17th March 2022

Recognizing that members of affected populations are central to the development of insights for analyzing the impacts of conflict and local research, ...


15th March 2022

This briefing paper builds on an empirical study of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the health, economic status, and mobility of wage laborers and ...


15th December 2021

Joint bulletin from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center about recent research and activities.


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