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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.


31st March 2021

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


30th March 2021

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


19th March 2021

Kuwait and Iraq have worked hard to rebuild bilateral ties. Resolving their maritime dispute as part of larger discussions could provide a model of di...


10th March 2021

RVI’s Magnus Taylor speaks with RVI researchers, Joseph Diing Majok and Nicki Kindersley, about their latest report, “Breaking Out of the Borderlands:...


1st March 2021

This report by Verso Consulting unpacks the complexity of Pakistan’s border dynamics with Afghanistan by focusing research activity on three key bo...


11th February 2021

As Egypt and Ethiopia negotiate the details of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, tensions are on the rise. Sudan, which has vested interest in the ...


A Senseless Silencing

Sherif Mohyeldeen

21st January 2021

By impeding research, Egypt curtails knowledge that can help resolve crises, especially in border areas.


13th January 2021

Displaced Tastes is a collaborative research project run by the Rift Valley Institute and the Catholic University of South Sudan as part of the X-Bord...


11th December 2020

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


20th November 2020

This report, prepared by the Afghan Center for Socio-Economic and Opinion Research (ACSOR), conveys findings through a qualitative analysis to unders...


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 ...


19th October 2020

A focus on recent research on local populations’ everyday experience of transnational connectedness in the Horn and the implications for the aid and d...


19th October 2020

The session provides insights into the needs of refugees, their coping strategies, family ties abroad, and the adequacy and limitations of the current...


A Fluid Frontier

Kheder Khaddour

2nd October 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 ...


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