Dr Thomas Maguire

Dr Thomas Maguire is a Junior Research Fellow at Darwin College and the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge. He is currently conducting two research projects: one examining Cold War Anglo-American security liaison and relations in the context of British colonies transitioning to independence and their post-independence relations; the other is interrogating the British state’s growing commitment to upstream conflict prevention through a case study analysis of the aims, nature and impact of past and current British internal security training and assistance in the Global South since the Second World War. He completed his PhD in 2015 in POLIS on British and American practices of intelligence and propaganda in early Cold War Southeast Asia.

From 2014-15, Tom was the John Garnett Visiting Fellow within the National Security & Resilience Studies programme at the Whitehall-based Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), focusing on violent extremism and organised crime in East Africa. Tom has published work on a range of issues, from Cold War counter-subversion in Britain, to counter-insurgency intelligence and propaganda during the Malayan Emergency, to the evolving nature of the Somali terrorist organisation Al-Shabaab’s funding, to linkages between ivory trafficking and threat financing in East Africa. His wider research interests include the roles of intelligence and propaganda in foreign policy and domestic security, strategic communications, counter-insurgency, violent extremism, and international security liaison. Tom holds a BA (Hons.) in History from Durham University and completed an MPhil in International Relations at POLIS.