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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.


11th June 2019
Carnegie’s Ahmed Nagi discusses his recent trip to Yemen and shares his impressions of the Houthis’ expansion.

Research report

16th May 2019
An introduction to the work of The Asia Foundation, Rift Valley Institute, and the Carnegie Middle East Center on the X-Border Local Research Network....


9th April 2019
The G5 Sahel Joint Force shows that improvised security initiatives are becoming more common in Africa.


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...


22nd February 2019
The Syrian-Iraqi border has become a point of confrontation among regional and international powers.


19th October 2018
In Mahrah Governorate, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates are working to curtail Omani influence.


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