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Borderlands

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.

Blog

7th December 2019
South Sudan’s borderland region with Sudan, in Northern Bahr el-Ghazal, is a hard place to make a living. Jobs are scarce, livelihoods insecure and mo...

Newsletter

18th November 2019
Joint bulletin from the X-Border Local research Network about recent research and activities from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Carn...

Research report

21st October 2019
This report outlines how the changing economy has affected social relations in the Northern Bahr el-Ghazal borderlands.

Blog

26th September 2019
As its authority has weakened, the Iraqi central government’s control over its borders has also eroded.

Blog

2nd September 2019
Albukamal and Qaim lie on a Syrian-Iraqi boundary that has had regional implications for decades.

Research report

30th August 2019
A study of the importance of cross-border trade for livelihoods and the economy of border districts.

SPOTLIGHT

XCEPT Workshop: Local, People-Focused Policymaking

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

22nd July 2019
The United Arab Emirates is reducing its forces in Yemen, but remains the most powerful actor in the south.

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.

Blog

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...

Article

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.

Blog

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

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