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Conflict Dynamics

Conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Asia intersect through flows of people, weapons and resources, creating intricate cross-border conflict systems. These knit the formal and informal, licit and illicit in ways that empower armed actors, enmesh conflict with crime and violent extremism, and ensnare local communities in the network of activities that sustain conflict. XCEPT research on conflict dynamics sheds light on these conflict systems, the transnational networks that sustain them, and how affected communities cope with protracted crisis.

Below you can find and download XCEPT research that helps shed light on these complex conflict dynamics.


2nd October 2020
Turkey is altering the nature of Syrian border areas, perhaps presaging more far-reaching steps.


29th September 2020
As the scope of the fighting in Ma’rib intensifies, the signs of an attritional conflict without end are strengthening.

Research report

3rd September 2020
Along the border between Tunisia and Libya, informal trade agreements led to a tight-knit border economy. But political changes in both Libya and Tuni...


2nd September 2020
The Covid-19 crisis has once again focused attention on political fragmentation in Myanmar, especially along ethnic divides.

Research report

14th July 2020
In southern Syria, the regime, opposition, foreign powers, and local groups navigate a contentious zone of conflict. Any shift in this delicate balanc...


XCEPT Workshop: Local, People-Focused Policymaking

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


18th June 2020
The Yemen conflict has affected Saudi border areas and is changing the public’s thinking in the kingdom.


17th June 2020
The safe return of migrant workers from Thailand amid the pandemic has required an unprecedented degree of cooperation between the government and arme...

Briefing paper

16th June 2020
An examination of how experiences of conflict, displacement and mobility have changed what people in South Sudan grow and eat.

Research report

8th June 2020
The Syrian-Turkish border has also allowed Turkey to play a greater role in Syria, fulfilling Turkish regional ambitions while also generating economi...


3rd June 2020
Syria’s conflict has transformed the conditions of tribal clan notables who have sought refuge in Jordan.


3rd June 2020
Turkey is altering the nature of Syrian border areas, perhaps presaging more far-reaching steps.


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