The crisis in Syria has led to a huge stream of refugees fleeing the country. "The scale and pace of this mass exodus is nearly unprecedented," says Dr Jakub Bijak at the ESRC Centre for Population Change.
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Polls currently show the public opposed to British military action in Syria by a margin of two to one. ESRC-funded research suggests that the public is pragmatic about military intervention, and will support it - if they are convinced it will work, and lead to a positive result.
How the Taliban returned to Afghanistan and why they have proved so difficult to defeat is the subject of a ground-breaking study building on Global Uncertainties research, carried out by Professor Theo Farrell and Dr Antonio Giustozzi.
In the first major survey of foreign policy attitudes in Britain, researchers have found that most people did not simply support or oppose the use of force on principle, but instead made a judgment based on various aspects of the situation.
Revolutionary fighters from the Libyan uprising are distrustful of the National Army leadership, and have established the National Shield, a national army-in-waiting, in order to safeguard the 'ideals of the revolution'.
Were the August riots 'simply criminality' or a symptom of a wider malaise? Looking at the key sectors of education, employment and family wellbeing, expert commentators explore whether society actually is 'broken' – and how it can be fixed.
Online social media such as Twitter have been blamed for exacerbating the riots, by making it possible to quickly spread false rumours and incite others to violence - but this is far from a new phenomenon, explains Helen Margetts, Professor of Society and the Internet.
The rioting and looting in London and other cities has led to shocked reactions, but Professor David Waddington warns against seeing riots as simply irrational and mindless group behaviour.