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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.

RESEARCH REPORT

27th May 2022

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

RESEARCH REPORT

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...

BLOG

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...

PHOTO ESSAY

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...

BLOG

31st March 2022

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

BLOG

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...

BRIEFING PAPER

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, ...

BRIEFING PAPER

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 ...

NEWSLETTER

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.

EVENT

14th December 2021

The Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme held a virtual panel discussion exploring how technology is advancing...

RESEARCH REPORT

30th November 2021

Trade, Taxes and Tensions explores how cross-border trade affects both cooperation and conflict between the states and state-like entities in the Soma...

RESEARCH REPORT

24th November 2021

Contested Commerce examines how continuing political conflicts and the fragile security situation affect cross-border trade in the city of Galkayo, cl...

BLOG

12th November 2021

As an entrenched military elite tries to protect extensive economic and political interests despite no public support, parts of the old regime are rea...

BLOG

20th October 2021

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

RESEARCH REPORT

3rd October 2021

Regularly Irregular focuses on the Gaashamo corridor—a series of small border crossings between Ethiopia and Somaliland—to analyze the everyday govern...

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