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Conflict Response

International conflict response needs to innovate to meet the challenges of cross-border conflict. XCEPT research on conflict response centres on breaking the confines of state-centric policy and planning to better address the transnational dimensions of conflict. By applying a transnational lens to analysis of conflict response mechanisms, and comparing interventions in varied contexts, the research aims to surface obstacles to improved international, regional, and bilateral responses across borders and highlight opportunities for policy adaptation.

Below you can find and download publications by XCEPT partners that examine why some interventions succeed but others fail, and how international conflict response systems should adapt to meet the challenges of cross-border conflict and the shifting international order.



10th August 2022

After a decade of civil war, Syria’s border with Turkey is divided. Yet long-term stability will require a peace agreement that treats the border as a...


3rd August 2022

What’s the potential of storytelling for research that engages with conflict-affected communities?


14th July 2022

As part of the Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) program, the X-Border Local Research Network is holding a report launch event...


9th June 2022

This paper explores the impacts of intrastate conflict, people smuggling, migration and other illicit transnational dynamics along pathways between Ni...


18th May 2022

The Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme held a panel event to discuss the experiences of young people growing...


31st March 2022

Learnings from working with Rohingya residing in refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh


17th March 2022

Recognizing that members of affected populations are central to the development of insights for analyzing the impacts of conflict and local research, ...


17th February 2022

This rapid literature review collates information on cross-border pastoral mobility patterns, the connections between this mobility and cross-border c...


14th December 2021

The Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme held a virtual panel discussion exploring how technology is advancing...


3rd December 2021

On 7 December, XCEPT team members Dr Alexander Ramsbotham of Conciliation Resources and Peter Beaumont of Satellite Applications Catapult took part in...


1st December 2021

Ethiopia’s devastating civil war recently entered into its second year and, to achieve peace, both sides in the conflict need to accept some difficult...


12th November 2021

As an entrenched military elite tries to protect extensive economic and political interests despite no public support, parts of the old regime are rea...


2nd September 2021

Southeast Iraq has witnessed considerable protest violence in recent years. This research finds that altering these violent dynamics requires access t...


2nd December 2020

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


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...


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