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Conflict Dynamics

Events since the so-called Arab Spring and ongoing instability in the Horn of Africa, Sahel, and South Asia highlight how regional conflicts are changing.

The movement of weapons, people and resources across borders are the result of new formal and informal structures that sustain conflicts by empowering armed actors and subduing local communities.

Below you can find and download publications by XCEPT partners that examine how these structures interact, also known as ‘conflict dynamics’.

PODCAST

21st July 2021

When the Myanmar military reclaimed power in February after a decade of democratic government, it disrupted the delicate peace process with Myanmar’s ...

NEWSLETTER

23rd June 2021

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

RESEARCH REPORT

14th June 2021

Border markets on Yemen’s northwestern border with Saudi Arabia gave rise to a distinct economic system and bridged communities. Yet the war in Yeme...

RESEARCH REPORT

21st April 2021

This report focuses on the borderland region between Sudan and Ethiopia, using gold-mining and trade to examine transnational flows of people and comm...

RESEARCH REPORT

30th March 2021

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

WORKING PAPER

18th February 2021

In Baghdad, violence, property and consumption are inextricably linked. This has spawned social-spatial transformations benefitting the political-econ...

ARTICLE

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 ...

RESEARCH REPORT

25th January 2021

By surveying the views of federal and local officials with direct experiences of the decentralisation process in Iraq, this paper seeks to understand ...

EVENT

22nd January 2021

On Friday, January 22, the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center held a virtual panel discussion to examine the local actors and geopolitical s...

BLOG

A Senseless Silencing

Sherif Mohyeldeen

21st January 2021

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

NEWSLETTER

2nd December 2020

How political, security and socio-economic developments affect the people living in contested borderlands and, reversely, how border dynamics shape ch...

BLOG

Permission to Kill

Armenak Tokmajyan

22nd October 2020

The rules of what is deemed acceptable political behavior are constantly shifting in Syria, with perilous consequences.

BLOG

A Fluid Frontier

Kheder Khaddour

2nd October 2020

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

BLOG

29th September 2020

As the scope of the fighting in Ma’rib intensifies, the signs of an attritional conflict without end are strengthening.

RESEARCH REPORT

3rd September 2020

Along the border between Tunisia and Libya, informal trade agreements led to a tight-knit border economy. But political changes in both Libya and Tuni...

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