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Borderlands

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.

BRIEFING PAPER

7th May 2020

An exploration of mobility, hardship, and livelihoods among refugee families living in the camps of Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

BLOG

Boundary Disputes 

Harith Hasan

26th September 2019

As its authority has weakened, the Iraqi central government’s control over its borders has also eroded.

BLOG

Much More Than a Border 

Kheder Khaddour

2nd September 2019

Albukamal and Qaim lie on a Syrian-Iraqi boundary that has had regional implications for decades.

BRIEFING PAPER

21st April 2020

A story of preserving access to a valued variety of sorghum—ruath—by travelling into military occupied areas of Abyei.

BLOG

6th August 2019

Review of research carried out in Baargal on the eastern side of Cape Guardafui; Bareeda, on the north coast, and Xaabo.

BRIEFING PAPER

4th April 2020

Discussion of how the movement of people and tubers is connected to changing marriage practices and the organization of family wealth.

BRIEFING PAPER

2nd April 2020

This account shows how Dinka women deployed the social and material capital of seeds under their control to manage the wider transitions experienced d...

BLOG

22nd July 2019

The United Arab Emirates is reducing its forces in Yemen, but remains the most powerful actor in the south.

RESEARCH REPORT

31st March 2020

Mahra in eastern Yemen has relied on a tribal code of conduct to escape the worst excesses of the country’s civil war. Localized forms of conflict man...

RESEARCH REPORT

31st March 2020

The Iraqi-Syrian border near Qaim and Bukamal has become a magnet for conflict, as Iraqi and Syrian state actors compete with Iranian-backed nonstate ...

RESEARCH REPORT

19th March 2020

Traditional modalities of the aid industry are not fit for purpose in a world where transnationalism is a daily reality for communities.

BLOG

22nd March 2019

The Yemen war has opened a subtle but acute season of popular discontent and regional rivalry in Mahra, stuck in a three-players game among Saudis, E...

BLOG

8th March 2019

African illegal migrants are entering Yemen in greater numbers, despite the ongoing war there.

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