Dr Joshua Ralston appears in the latest Big Idea Podcast

In the wake of Islamic State's attacks on Beirut and Paris, experts examine the terrorist group's endgame and motivations in the latest Big Idea Podcast.

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Dr Ralston talks in the latest podcast explaining the role that religion plays in IS's worldview and how the organisation's emotive propaganda is used to recruit combatants.

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