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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

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...


22nd March 2023
As the conflict in Yemen continues, one lesser-known aspect—the maritime stakes for Saudi Arabia and the UAE—will need to be addressed for the best ch...


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, ...


16th March 2023
Thousands fled Myanmar after the coup to India’s northeastern border state, where the local authorities and communities have offered protection and he...


XCEPT Workshop: Local, People-Focused Policymaking

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

Research report

23rd February 2023
In Sudan, the revolutionary upsurge of 2018/2019 signalled the implosion of the country’s postcolonial political order. This paper – part of a series ...


10th February 2023
The case of Kufra raises difficult questions for policymakers over what interventions to support in places that have come to thrive on illicit cross-b...


1st February 2023
Seizing Myanmar’s borders with Bangladesh and India has become central to the Arakan Army’s dream of autonomy and has driven its strategy during times...


23rd January 2023
In this podcast The Asia Foundation, the Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center, the Rift Valley Institute, and their local research partners dis...


21st December 2022
During 2022, XCEPT’s team of researchers experimented with remote data gathering, questioned assumptions about drivers of violence, and uncovered how ...


9th December 2022
Chinese and Myanmar nationals have fallen prey to fake job postings in the Wa autonomous zone of northeastern Myanmar, where they are kept prisoner, b...


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