Dr Thomas Maguire is an Assistant Professor of Intelligence and Security in the Institute of Security and Global Affairs, Leiden University, and Visiting Fellow with the King's Intelligence and Security Group in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London (KCL). Tom's research streams are two-fold. Firstly, he is examining interactions between intelligence and propaganda in international politics, especially through covert action as a foreign policy tool. This forms the basis for a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press, The intelligence-propaganda nexus: British and American covert action in Cold War Southeast Asia (2022). Secondly, he is exploring the politics and impacts of international security cooperation, in particular security assistance relationships between states in Africa and Asia and the United Kingdom and their post-colonial legacies during the Cold War and so-called Global War on Terror.
Prior to joining Leiden, Tom was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of War Studies and a Research Fellow at Darwin College and the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge. His PhD thesis, completed at POLIS and Gonville & Caius College and awarded the Lisa Smirl Prize for best thesis in his year, forms the basis for a forthcoming book with Oxford University Press, The intelligence-propaganda nexus: British and American covert action in Cold War Southeast Asia (2022). This explores how interactions between intelligence and propaganda shape states’ approaches to using covert action as a foreign policy tool, focusing comparatively on British and American practice.
Tom's ongoing research examines, on the one hand, interactions between intelligence and propaganda in international politics and, on the other, the politics and impacts of international security cooperation. In particular, this is interrogating the aims, nature, and impacts of relationships between the security sectors of states in Africa and Asia and overseas states – especially the UK – since 1945, focusing on security assistance partnerships and drawing on principal-agent and patron-client theories to examine and scrutinise post-colonial legacies and Britain’s global security footprint.
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 and a lecturer on the Cambridge-KCL International Security and Intelligence programme. He holds a BA (Hons.) in History from Durham University and an MPhil in International Relations at POLIS.
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