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Conflict Response

International conflict response needs to innovate to meet the challenges of cross-border conflict. XCEPT research on conflict response centres on breaking the confines of state-centric policy and planning to better address the transnational dimensions of conflict. By applying a transnational lens to analysis of conflict response mechanisms, and comparing interventions in varied contexts, the research aims to surface obstacles to improved international, regional, and bilateral responses across borders and highlight opportunities for policy adaptation.

Below you can find and download publications by XCEPT partners that examine why some interventions succeed but others fail, and how international conflict response systems should adapt to meet the challenges of cross-border conflict and the shifting international order.



28th February 2024
Please join recent XCEPT Research Fund awardees in discussion of what works in responding to transnational conflict.


27th February 2024
Online Q&A discussion, 27 February 14:30 – 15:15 GMT/ 09:30 – 10:15 ET

Briefing paper

28th July 2023
This briefing note explores humanitarian responses to conflict-related trauma amongst men and boys, and finds that addressing male trauma supports ind...


28th June 2023
Dr Inna Rudolf is a Research Fellow on the Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme at King’s College London. Here...


19th April 2023
The supply chain of a seemingly innocuous cash crop – sesame – has intersected with transnational conflict dynamics, exacerbating tensions between Eth...

Research report

19th April 2023
This report examines how cross-border tensions and interlinked crises in Ethiopia and Sudan jeopardize security and development in those countries and...

Research report

6th April 2023
This rapid evidence synthesis provides evidence, guidance, and lessons on disaster relief and reconstruction in fragile and conflict-affected situatio...


5th April 2023
The conflict supply chain of wheat from Ukraine and Russia to Syria highlights interlinkages between the conflicts and the role of sanctions in drivin...


29th March 2023
Progress on Sudan’s democratic transition has gained momentum and a solution may be in sight. International pressure is essential to reach an agreemen...


15th February 2023
Do trauma interventions work? What are the most effective interventions in conflict zones? In this episode of the Breaking Cycles of Conflict podcast,...


23rd November 2022
Across parts of Africa, conflict – both local and global – is compounding the negative economic effects of COVID-19, with price increases causing hard...

Briefing paper

15th November 2022
Long-term conflict in the Two Areas, falling largely along ethnic lines, has caused deep-rooted grievances, in particular around governance.


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...


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