In Asia, the Middle East, and Africa, conflict and instability endure in contested border regions where local tensions connect with regional and global dynamics. The Asia Foundation, the Rift Valley Institute, and the Carnegie Middle East Center are working together to better understand the causes and impacts of conflict in these border areas and their international dimensions, support more effective policymaking and development programming, and build the capacity of their local partners to leverage research to advocate for peaceful change.About UsProgram Brochure
Peripheral Vision: Views from the Borderlands sheds light on how political, security, and socio-economic developments affect the people living in contested borderlands and, reversely, how border dynamics shape change and transition at the national level. Peripheral Vision is published twice a year, as a timely update of dynamics on the ground, while also highlighting the latest news from the X-Border Local Research Network’s activities.
While the border regions may be far from the center of activities in Algeria, political or economic, their populations’ concerns of are at the heart of what Algerians are protesting against.
Mahra governorate has become the location of a proxy struggle among nearby countries.
As its authority has weakened, the Iraqi central government’s control over its borders has also eroded.
Albukamal and Qaim lie on a Syrian-Iraqi boundary that has had regional implications for decades.
A Yemeni scholar visited the city of Marib and found that, against all odds, people are using their resilience and ingenuity to survive the devastation of war.
The United Arab Emirates is reducing its forces in Yemen, but remains the most powerful actor in the south.
After the defeat of the Islamic State, the balance of power in Iraq’s Nineveh Governorate is changing.
Carnegie’s Ahmed Nagi discusses his recent trip to Yemen and shares his impressions of the Houthis’ expansion.
The G5 Sahel Joint Force shows that improvised security initiatives are becoming more common in Africa.
Among jihadi groups in the Sahel, strategic gains not religion often determine a militant’s affiliation.
Ideas and analysis are valuable, but Carnegie’s business is improving policies, decisionmaking, and real-world outcomes. Excellence in scholarship and responsiveness to changing global circumstances define our work, and we are committed to making a concrete difference in the world.
The X-Border Local Research Network is part of the Cross-Border Conflict – Evidence, Policy and Trends program, and is funded by UK aid from the UK government.