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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

26th June 2019
The report examines a frame of reference for understanding the fragmented and contingent futures that people in the borderland are navigating.

Research report

5th June 2019
The aim of this study is to better understand the communal connections that exist between populations in northern Somalia and southern Yemen.


22nd March 2019
The Yemen war has opened a subtle but acute season of popular discontent and regional rivalry in Mahra, stuck in a three-players game among Saudis, E...


19th March 2019
Despite a hardened border, smugglers continue to find a way. Together, Algeria and Morocco need to de-incentivize smuggling and reduce corruption.


8th March 2019
African illegal migrants are entering Yemen in greater numbers, despite the ongoing war there.


19th October 2018
In Mahrah Governorate, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are working to curtail Omani influence.


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