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Dr Thomas Maguire

Dr Thomas Maguire

  • Teaching fellows

Teaching Fellow

Research subject areas

  • International relations
  • Conflict and security

Contact details


Tom Maguire is a Teaching Fellow working primarily with the Intelligence and International Security Research Group.

Prior to joining the department, Tom was a Junior Research Fellowship at Darwin College and Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge. His PhD thesis completed at POLIS, awarded the Lisa Smirl Prize for best thesis in his year in 2015, conceptually explored interactions between the practices of intelligence and propaganda, with an empirical focus on British and American state use of these tools in Cold War Southeast Asia. He also holds an MPhil in International Relations from POLIS.

Tom's concurrent ongoing research is interrogating the aims, nature and impacts of interactions between the security sectors of states in the Global South and Western states like the UK since 1945, in particular focusing on overseas security assistance and security sector reform. Tom is also pursuing a project with the Intelligence and International Security Research Group examining trends in and explanations of terrorist attack methodologies in the UK since 2000.

Outside of academia, Tom was formerly the John Garnett Visiting Fellow within the National Security & Resilience Studies programme at the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), a defence and security think tank on Whitehall, focusing on conflict, violent extremism and organised crime in East Africa.

Tom is also a co-convenor of the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar.

Research Interests

  • Intelligence and propaganda in foreign policy and domestic security 
  • Security sector reform and assistance
  • Counter-insurgency and violent extremism
  • International security liaison
  • The Cold War and decolonisation


I currently teach on the following MA modules:

  • 7SSWM142 Intelligence in Peace and War
  • 7SSWM135 The Past and Present of British Intelligence

I currently teach on the following BA Module:

  • 5SSW2054 War & Global Conflict in the Contemporary World


In preparation:

T.J. Maguire, ‘Shades of grey: the British way of covert propaganda during the Cold War’, in preparation for Journal of Strategic Studies

T.J. Maguire, ‘Train and equip: British overseas security assistance in Cold War Southeast Asia’, in preparation for Journal of Contemporary History

T.J. Maguire and H. Franklin, ‘Creating a Commonwealth intelligence culture? Security, surveillance, and diplomacy in the founding of the Tanzanian state, 1955-1970’, in preparation for African Affairs

T.J. Maguire, The Intelligence-Propaganda Nexus: British and American covert action in Cold War Southeast Asia (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2020)


A. Glazzard, S. Jesperson, T.J. Maguire, E. Winterbotham, Conflict, Violent Extremism and Development: New Challenges, New Responses (Palgrave Macmillan Pivot Book, 2017)


Journal articles and chapters:

A. Glazzard, S. Jesperson, T.J. Maguire, E. Winterbotham, 'Islamist Violent Extremism: A New Form of Conflict or Business as Usual?', Stability: International Journal of Security and Development, 6, 1 (13) (2017), pp. 1-19.

T.J. Maguire, ‘Kenya’s “war on poaching”: militarised solutions to a militarised problem?’, in S. Jesperson, T. Reitano and L. Bird (eds), The War on Crime (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017)

C. Haenlein, T.J. Maguire and K. Somerville, ‘Poaching, Wildlife Trafficking and Terrorism’, in C. Haenlein and M.L.R. Smith (eds), Poaching, Wildlife Trafficking and Security in Africa: Myths and Realities (RUSI Whitehall Paper, Nov 2016)

T.J. Maguire and C. Haenlein, ‘An Illusion of Complicity: Terrorism and the Illegal Ivory Trade in East Africa’, RUSI Occasional Paper (Sep 2015)

T.J. Maguire, ‘The hydra-headed challenge of Al-Shabaab’s financing’, RUSI Newsbrief, 35, 1 (Jan 2015)

C. Haenlein and T.J. Maguire, ‘Countering Poaching and Wildlife Crime: Engaging from the Ground Up’, RUSI Newsbrief, 35, 4 (Jul 2015)

T.J. Maguire, ‘Counter-subversion in early Cold War Britain: the Official Committee on Communism (Home), the Information Research Department and “state-private networks”’, Intelligence and National Security, 30, 5 (2015), pp. 637-66.

T.J. Maguire, ‘Interrogation and “psychological intelligence”: the construction of propaganda during the Malayan Emergency, 1948-1958’, in C. Andrew and S. Tobia (eds.), Interrogation in War and Conflict (Routledge, 2014), pp. 132-52.

T.J. Maguire, ‘Transnational Threats and “State-Private Networks”: IRD Counter-Subversion in Early Cold War Britain’, Inteligentsia Y Seguridad, Special Issue - The Threat From Below: How Intelligence Counters Irregular Threats, 13 (Jan-Jun 2013), pp. 61-100.