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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

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


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...


20th May 2022
After decades of autocratic rule, Sudan appeared poised for a democratic transition after the ouster in 2019 of former President Omar al-Bashir. In la...


19th May 2022
Communities living on either side of national borders often forge deep cultural and economic ties but suffer acutely when countries clash. Borders har...

Photo Essay

29th April 2022
What is it like to be a refugee? This rich collection of multigenerational oral histories sheds light on the unique and personal circumstances of diff...


XCEPT Workshop: Local, People-Focused Policymaking

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

Research report

29th March 2022
In Iraq’s Eastern Basra region, regional conflicts and illicit activity have contributed to environmental decay, which in turn furthers instability. U...


23rd March 2022
This blog is the first in a series published by the Rift Valley Institute to help understand the causes of the drought-related crisis in the Somali re...

Briefing paper

17th March 2022
Recognizing that members of affected populations are central to the development of insights for analyzing the impacts of conflict and local research, ...

Briefing paper

15th March 2022
This briefing paper builds on an empirical study of how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the health, economic status, and mobility of wage laborers and ...


15th December 2021
Joint bulletin from The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and Malcolm H. Kerr Carnegie Middle East Center about recent research and activities.


20th January 2022
The Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme held a virtual panel discussion exploring how technology is advancing...


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