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Violent and Peaceful Behaviour

International conflict response often centres on halting fighting, achieving political stability, and ‘fixing’ the state. These are necessary, but not sufficient steps to building peace. The whole-of-society recovery process is equally critical. Without addressing the long-term impacts of violence and trauma on individuals, families and communities, the risk of resurgent violence remains. XCEPT research on violent and peaceful behaviour examines how people return to  peaceful social functioning after war, with a focus on those most traumatised by conflict. This is the pool of people at greatest risk of returning to violence.

Below you can find and download publications by XCEPT partners on the factors that influence violent and peaceful behaviour, and explores ways to sustainably reduce violence, support  recovery and enable peace and reconciliation.


28th September 2022

Despite observers claiming that Iraq’s Tishreen protest movement has been coerced into silence, this blog argues that it maintains mobilisation moment...


24th August 2022

This blog post examines the role of mental health and conflict-related trauma in driving individuals towards embracing violent extremism.


18th August 2022

This commentary explores why the welfare of the researcher frequently slips through the net of the ethical principle to ‘do no harm’.


11th August 2022

How can neuroscience work in conjunction with the social and behavioural sciences to explain violent extremism?


3rd August 2022

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


29th July 2022

This post highlights the ways in which different groups invoke the wrongs afflicted onto their respective communities to gain leverage over the domina...


25th July 2022

Throughout the history of terrorism, few locations have impacted the evolution of terrorist campaigns as the jail cell. This post outlines some critic...


22nd July 2022

This policy paper assesses the impact of non-ideological risk factors on radicalisation and violent extremism, namely mental health and trauma. It arg...


21st July 2022

The Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS has invested heavily in strategic communications, particularly in uses of mass media. However, there is a weak evi...


19th July 2022

Despite the importance of prisons to terrorist movements and the surge in the jihadist prison population in the Middle East, relatively little is unde...


28th April 2022

Western visions for a post-war Syria often entail the creation of disarmament and reintegration programs oriented toward members of Islamist groups an...


23rd March 2022

This blog is the first in a series published by the Rift Valley Institute to help understand the causes of the drought-related crisis in the Somali re...


15th December 2021

Joint bulletin from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center about recent research and activities.


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...


1st February 2021

Protesters in the marginalized city of Tataouine have successfully forced the hand of Tunisia’s government, becoming an inspiration for other struggli...


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