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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.

Research report

16th May 2024
In their latest report, Conciliation Resources argue that locally based understanding of the roots and manifestations of violence, and of the foundati...

Research report

19th April 2024
A new report by Rift Valley Institute explores the impact of the devastating war in Sudan on the country’s neighbours.


29th February 2024
The first of February marked the third anniversary of the military coup that upended Myanmar’s decade of democracy in 2021 and plunged much of the cou...

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

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...


1st September 2023
How does the global push for aid localisation apply to the research sector? In this podcast, The Asia Foundation, the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle ...


XCEPT Workshop: Local, People-Focused Policymaking

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


28th June 2023
Dr. Shidiki Abubakar Ali is part of the research team working on the XCEPT project, Promoting Peaceful Pastoralism. As part of this project, he has be...

Briefing paper

10th May 2023
This paper explores the origins and the political and military objectives of the two main internal actors in Sudan’s ongoing conflict – the Sudanese A...


28th April 2023
Border crossings figure prominently in Iran’s strategy to ensure its control over Iraq. But despite the Iraqi population’s desire to distance itself f...

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...

Research report

5th April 2023
Ongoing negotiations between Syria and Türkiye may change the outlines of their border regions. But they won’t alter the basic reality of cantonizatio...


4th April 2023
The effort to secure Iraq’s borders after the defeat of ISIS has created other, new sources of instability, as conflict supply chains adapt to new cir...


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