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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.

BLOG

10th April 2020

As the coronavirus spread around the world from China in February, the Kayin State Border Guard Force smuggled into Myanmar thousands of Chinese worke...

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...

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

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

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

10th February 2020

The country’s suffering has been exacerbated by the rise of internal borders, from which militias have greatly benefited.

BLOG

5th February 2020

A violent campaign of persecution has driven an exodus of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority from the northern state of Rakhine into neighboring count...

BLOG

22nd January 2020

In Games without Rules, author and former Asia Foundation colleague Tamim Ansary argues that bringing rural Afghanistan under centralized rule has bee...

BLOG

7th December 2019

South Sudan’s borderland region with Sudan, in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal, is a hard place to make a living. Jobs are scarce, livelihoods insecure and mo...

NEWSLETTER

18th November 2019

Joint bulletin from the X-Border Local research Network about recent research and activities from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Carn...

RESEARCH REPORT

21st October 2019

This report outlines how the changing economy has affected social relations in the Northern Bahr el-Ghazal borderlands.

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.

RESEARCH REPORT

30th August 2019

A study of the importance of cross-border trade for livelihoods and the economy of border districts.

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