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Violent and Peaceful Behaviour

International conflict response often centres on halting fighting, achieving political stability, and ‘fixing’ the state. These are necessary, but not sufficient steps to building peace. The whole-of-society recovery process is equally critical. Without addressing the long-term impacts of violence and trauma on individuals, families and communities, the risk of resurgent violence remains. XCEPT research on violent and peaceful behaviour examines how people return to  peaceful social functioning after war, with a focus on those most traumatised by conflict. This is the pool of people at greatest risk of returning to violence.

Below you can find and download publications by XCEPT partners on the factors that influence violent and peaceful behaviour, and explores ways to sustainably reduce violence, support  recovery and enable peace and reconciliation.


17th October 2023
Visiting Lebanon today, it is difficult to escape the feeling that a collective sense of hopelessness has settled across the country, haunting and tor...


13th October 2023
By understanding the impact of conflict and violence in northeast Syria, informal education programmes can strengthen adolescent resilience to radical...

Research report

5th October 2023
Labelling Iraqi children as ISIS-affiliated has far-reaching consequences for their future, whether living inside or outside Iraq.

Briefing paper

31st August 2023
This policy paper assesses the impact of imprisonment and Lebanon’s criminal justice system on radicalisation and violent extremism.


23rd August 2023
Federica Calissano explores what we really mean when we talk about resilience in the context of violent extremism, and questions if it’s the most effe...


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...


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


31st May 2023
In this podcast episode, Dr Craig Larkin and Dr Inna Rudolf are joined by Syrian lawyer and founder of the Council, Dr Naseef Naeem; journalist and Mi...


10th May 2023
This article explores how martyrdom memorialisation is used by all parties in Lebanon to shape narratives of the past and mobilise support in the pres...


5th May 2023
As part of PeaceCon 2023, Nika Saeedi, Dr Nafees Hamid, Dr Simbal Khan and Amadou Tall will provide insights on how development practitioners and poli...


26th April 2023
Dr Fiona McEwen is the Survey and Interventions Director of the Cross-Border Conflict Evidence, Policy and Trends (XCEPT) research programme at King’s...


12th April 2023
This blog explores how feelings of uncertainty can make individuals vulnerable to, or influence their decision to adopt, extremist ideologies, and exp...


11th April 2023
Mohamad El Kari, who works as a translator for the XCEPT project, talks about the challenges of translating the stories of conflict-affected populatio...


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