Tom Maguire is the John Garnett Visiting Fellow for 2014-15 within the National Security & Resilience Studies programme at RUSI, focusing on terrorism and organised crime in Eastern Africa.
In particular, he is assessing the linkages between organised crime-driven ivory trafficking and threat financing of armed non-state actors in the Horn of Africa. He is in the process of completing a PhD at the Department of Politics and International Studies (POLIS) at the University of Cambridge on intelligence, propaganda and counter-insurgency in Cold War Southeast Asia.
His broader research interests include intelligence and security matters, psychological warfare and strategic communications, radicalization and extremism, and international security liaison.
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 operational funding of Al-Shabaab, the Somali terrorist organisation.
Tom holds a BA (Hons.) in History from Durham University and an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge.
He has taught intelligence and security courses on the Cambridge Pembroke King’s Programme (PKP) since 2011.