Thomas Maguire
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Tom Maguire is a Teaching Fellow working with the King's Intelligence and Security 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.

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 security assistance and security sector reform.

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 UK Study Group on Intelligence and the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

International Relations, Doctor of Philosophy, British and American intelligence and anti-communist propaganda in early Cold War Southeast Asia, 1948-1961, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 11 Jun 2015

External positions

Junior Research Fellow, Darwin College and Department of Politics and International Studies, University of Cambridge

Oct 2015Sept 2019


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