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Dr Thomas Maguire

Dr Thomas Maguire

Junior Research Fellow


Dr Thomas Maguire is a Junior Research Fellow at Darwin College. 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 cast study analysis of the aims, nature and impact of past and current British internal security training and assistance since the Second World War. He completed his PhD in the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS), University of Cambridge, 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 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, completed an MPhil in International Relations at POLIS, and convenes undergraduate programmes on intelligence and statecraft and western national security.

Research Interests

British and American intelligence and propaganda practices in Cold War Southeast Asia.

Anglo-American relations and the impact of intelligence and propaganda on transitions from occupied territories to independent states