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Securitizing the Ethiopia-Sudan border: how cross-border conflict is shaping trade and the control of land

Explore new interactive research by XCEPT partners, Chatham House on long-running border disputes between Ethiopia and Sudan.

Briefing paper

26th March 2024
This policy brief by Bodhi Global Analysis presents key findings and policy implications of research on the gendered dimensions of the climate-conflic...

Article

21st March 2024
In Lebanon, the plotlines and entanglements portrayed on the small screen echo the truth of corrupt systems that work against the everyday Lebanese po...

Briefing paper

5th January 2024
This new policy briefing summarises research led by communities on the Uganda–Kenya border.

Article

2nd January 2024
In post-conflict settings like Mosul, Iraq, heritage restoration is a nuanced and ever-evolving process, where shared cultural foundations amidst conf...

Article

11th December 2023
Do natural shocks increase insurgent-perpetrated violence against civilians?

Research report

31st October 2023
Checkpoints have implications for different forms of trade that exist in Jubaland state and between Jubaland and Kenya. This report explores the polit...

Research report

31st October 2023
This report explores the political economy of checkpoints in Somalia: What drives their formation? What impacts do they have on trade, society and pol...

Research report

31st October 2023
The Baidoa corridor is a transport and trade route that connects Somalia’s coastal capital, Mogadishu, to Kenya via the border towns of Bula Hawa and ...

Research report

11th October 2023
Community-led research from the Uganda / Kenya border helps explain why pastoralists in Turkana and Karamoja continue to carry guns. It argues for a n...

Event

21st March 2024
Join this webinar on Thursday, 21 March 15:00-16:00 GMT, on Lebanon’s security assistance and border management, where experts will explore the impact...

News

28th February 2024
Please join recent XCEPT Research Fund awardees in discussion of what works in responding to transnational conflict.

Event

27th February 2024
Online Q&A discussion, 27 February 14:30 – 15:15 GMT/ 09:30 – 10:15 ET

Briefing paper

28th July 2023
This briefing note explores humanitarian responses to conflict-related trauma amongst men and boys, and finds that addressing male trauma supports ind...

Blog

28th June 2023
Dr Inna Rudolf is a Research Fellow on the Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme at King’s College London. Here...

Blog

19th April 2023
The supply chain of a seemingly innocuous cash crop – sesame – has intersected with transnational conflict dynamics, exacerbating tensions between Eth...

Research report

19th April 2023
This report examines how cross-border tensions and interlinked crises in Ethiopia and Sudan jeopardize security and development in those countries and...

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Blog

16th April 2024
In this interview, Dr Omar Mohammed discusses the Green Mosul initiative, which was launched by the Mosul Eye Association in 2021 and leaves a legacy ...

Podcast

9th April 2024
Global trade and the transnational flow of people and goods can be negatively impacted by surging tensions or violence in fragile border regions. In t...

Podcast

27th March 2024
Bangladesh is facing a climate emergency. Although it is one of the world’s least polluting nations, it is already experiencing some of the most sever...

Podcast

21st March 2024
XCEPT researchers from Chatham House discuss how the Sinjar region is ever-more entangled in regional conflicts, and consider what can be done to ensu...

Podcast

21st March 2024
How does regional conflict spanning Libya to Nigeria create corridors of connection for migration?

Podcast

20th March 2024
In the latest podcast episode from XCEPT, Chatham House researchers and guests discuss recent XCEPT research which reveals gold’s connection to the cu...

Blog

20th March 2024
After many months of overwhelming, violent conflict, a ceasefire remains far from the horizon in Sudan. The international community must collaborate t...

Photo Essay

14th March 2024
In 2023, Dr Inna Rudolf, Dr Craig Larkin, and Dr Rajan Basra visited Iraq to understand more about the dynamics of the reconstruction process and to f...

Event

27th March 2024
Join us on 27 March, 14:00 GMT to discuss changes to economic power in Afghanistan.

Event

26th March 2024
Join us and Bodhi Global Analysis on Tuesday 26 March to discuss recent findings from research on the gender, climate, and security nexus in the Horn ...

Event

22nd March 2024
Join us on Friday 22 March, 15:00-16:00 GMT, for a discussion on responses to transnational terrorist groups in West Africa.

Event

21st March 2024
Join this webinar on Thursday, 21 March 15:00-16:00 GMT, on Lebanon’s security assistance and border management, where experts will explore the impact...

Event

12th March 2024
Join us and researchers from University of Bath and the MENA Social Policy Network (University of Birmingham) on Tuesday, 12 March 9:30 – 10:30 GMT. ...

Event

29th February 2024
On 29 February 2024, XCEPT partner Chatham House will hold a webinar focusing on Niger’s coup and regional security implications.

Event

27th February 2024
Online Q&A discussion, 27 February 14:30 – 15:15 GMT/ 09:30 – 10:15 ET

Event

14th December 2023
On 14 December 2023, XCEPT partner Chatham House will hold a webinar focusing on the increasingly complex web of national, military, and militant inte...

Event

13th June 2023
On 13 and 14 June 2023, XCEPT hosted a workshop in Nairobi that brought together policymakers, researchers and practitioners to consider research and ...

Event

5th May 2023
As part of PeaceCon 2023, Nika Saeedi, Dr Nafees Hamid, Dr Simbal Khan and Amadou Tall will provide insights on how development practitioners and poli...

Event

4th May 2023
As part of PeaceCon 2023, Janet Adama Mohammed, Dr. Patta Scott-Villiers and Umar Abdullahi Eggi will present findings from research on changes in cro...

Event

28th March 2023
This online XCEPT panel discussion assessed the differing impacts on the Horn of Africa and Syria of disruption of global commodities, such as grain, ...

Event

27th March 2023
At this event Dr Fiona McEwen, Dr Nafees Hamid, and Dr Rajan Basra offer up new perspectives on what can motivate someone to engage in terrorism, and ...

Event

20th February 2023
At this event, King’s College London researchers Dr Craig Larkin and Dr Inna Rudolf will explore how competing narratives of a traumatic past are shap...

News

26th October 2022
Addressing securitization in conflict zones in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia

Event

20th July 2022
As part of the Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) program, the X-Border Local Research Network held a report launch event to ex...

Event

26th 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...

Event

20th January 2022
The Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme held a virtual panel discussion exploring how technology is advancing...

Event

7th December 2021
On 7 December, XCEPT team members Dr Alexander Ramsbotham of Conciliation Resources and Peter Beaumont of Satellite Applications Catapult took part in...

Event

22nd January 2021
To discuss the Algerian-Tunisian border relationship, the Carnegie Middle East Center hosted a virtual panel discussion on Monday, June 22nd. The eve...

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...

Event

19th October 2020
This is an interactive report on how individuals move and interact across borders and transnationally. The report summarises the outcomes of these di...

Event

20th August 2020
The session provides insights into the needs of refugees, their coping strategies, family ties abroad, and the adequacy and limitations of the current...

Event

20th August 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...

Our research

XCEPT consists of three research components with different constellations of research partners:

X-Border Local Research Network

What are the causes and implications of conflict in border areas? How can we develop local research skills to investigate these issues?

Transnational Conflict Dynamics and Policy Responses

How do conflicts connect across borders through flows of people, weapons, and resources? How should policy responses adapt?

Violent and Peaceful Behaviour

What behavioural factors drive violence and enable peace? What are the implications for recovery and conflict prevention?  

What is XCEPT?

The Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme brings together world-leading experts to examine conflict-affected borderlands, how conflicts connect across borders, and the drivers of violent and peaceful behaviour.

Funded by UK International Development, XCEPT offers actionable research to inform policies and programmes that support peace.

PARTNERS

Chemonics International is one of the world’s leading partners in international development. As the world’s largest government funded development practitioner, Chemonics has a unique understanding of what works on programmes across fragile and conflict affected states.

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The Asia Foundation is a non-profit international development organisation committed to improving lives across a dynamic and developing Asia.

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Chatham House is a world-leading policy institute, with a mission to help governments and societies build a sustainably secure, prosperous, and just world.

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King’s College London (KCL) is a public research university and a member institution of the federal University of London. Research is core to King’s: it is what we do, what we care about and how we educate.

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Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center is an independent research institute based in Beirut, Lebanon, that is part of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

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The Rift Valley Institute (RVI) is an independent, non-profit organisation, founded in Sudan in 2001, whose researchers currently work across eastern and central Africa.

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Conciliation Resources is an independent international organisation working with people involved in conflict to prevent violence and build peace, and providing advice, support and practical resources.

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The Satellite Applications Catapult is an independent, innovation and technology research organisation. Our mission is ‘to innovate for a better world, empowered by satellites. We help organisations make use of, and benefit from, satellite technologies.

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