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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.


11th December 2020

In February 2020 Sudan’s president, Salva Kiir, appointed Hussein Abdel Bagi—head of the South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA)—as one of his five ...


6th July 2020

Aid providers in the Horn of Africa have always struggled to adapt their systems and models to the simple fact that people move from place to place. D...


4th November 2020

The study asks two core questions: First, how do residents in the borderlands of South Sudan seek survival, welfare and better lives in the economies ...


The War Comes Home

Ahmed Nagi

18th June 2020

The Yemen conflict has affected Saudi border areas and is changing the public’s thinking in the kingdom.


Beyond the Line in the Sand

Armenak Tokmajyan

3rd June 2020

Syria’s conflict has transformed the conditions of tribal clan notables who have sought refuge in Jordan.


A Fluid Frontier

Kheder Khaddour

3rd June 2020

Turkey is altering the nature of Syrian border areas, perhaps presaging more far-reaching steps.


22nd September 2020

The Ta’ang National Liberation Army and Kachin Independence Army have fought side by side for decades, but recent abuses against civilians underscore ...


14th September 2020

Women are increasingly joining the male-dominated world of smuggling. Could this be the start of a cultural revolution that challenges long-held gende...


15th April 2020

In an interview, Harith Hasan and Kheder Khaddour discuss their recent paper on the Iraqi-Syrian border.


9th September 2020

This paper describes the ways that individuals and families living in refugee camps in Bangladesh cope with hardship and displacement.


15th April 2020

Mindanao, despite its legacy as a strife-ridden region, is still known to us as the “Land of Promise.”


7th September 2020

The Kayah State government’s fast-tracking of a Chinese company’s proposal to invest tens of millions of dollars in a forgotten industrial zone in the...


14th April 2020

Disasters and crises—floods, earthquakes, wars, and of course pandemics—shine an unforgiving light on society’s problems and tensions. As the Covid-19...


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