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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

2nd October 2023
Six years after the forced displacement of over a million Rohingya people from Myanmar, the day-to-day support required by Rohingya refugees and human...


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 ...


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...


XCEPT Workshop: Local, People-Focused Policymaking

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


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...

Research report

31st March 2023
The research explores conflict and instability in Chin State, Myanmar’s western border region with India, since the 2021 military coup. It examines sh...

Research report

29th March 2023
This report explores how marginalised borderland communities in Sudan and Ethiopia are using regional inter-state tensions to negotiate support.


27th March 2023
Logging has surged amid the post-coup conflict, with sanctions pushing smugglers to open new routes to India, while activists and locals accuse both t...

Research report

22nd March 2023
Serbia leveraged migrating Tunisians to pressure the EU, until closing the route last November. Yet other countries will continue to use migrants to g...


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