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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.

Blog

25th August 2022
In August 2022 it will be five years since the start of one of the world’s most severe humanitarian crises, yet the political and security dynamics su...

Research report

24th August 2022
The collapse of the Government of Afghanistan in August 2021 and takeover by the Taliban resulted in political, economic, and social turmoil that has ...

Research report

24th August 2022
In light of Afghanistan’s regime change, coupled with the pandemic and an already tenuous economic situation, it is critical to understand the livelih...

Article

10th August 2022
After a decade of civil war, Syria’s border with Turkey is divided. Yet long-term stability will require a peace agreement that treats the border as a...

Article

30th July 2022
The regime’s foreign exchange controls sparked a frenzy in gold smuggling to India, but since mid-May it has turned to familiar tactics – intimidation...

Blog

29th July 2022
Joint bulletin from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center about recent research and activities....

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 2022
In this interview, Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center’s non-resident scholar Armenak Tokmajyan talks about Sarmada, Syria’s border with Turke...

Event

20th July 2022
As part of the Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) program, the X-Border Local Research Network held a report launch event to ex...

Article

23rd June 2022
The Karen Border Guard Force is providing the military with frontline soldiers in exchange for business protection, allowing its “new city” project to...

Research report

23rd June 2022
This report aims to amplify a grounded understanding of the everyday reality of communities in fragile border areas, and how conflict shapes their liv...

Research report

27th May 2022
A report by Kachinland Research Centre explores the political, economic and conflict dynamics along Myanmar’s northeastern border with China

Article

26th May 2022
Thailand has just reopened its border to Myanmar workers, but a cumbersome application process and deepening poverty continues to push them down illeg...

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