The Legacy of Former President Virgilio Barco and the Capacity of the Colombian Government for Reform in the Light of the Peace of 2016



About the Speaker

Malcolm Deas is an English historian specialising in the study of Latin America in general and Colombia in particular. He studied Modern History at New College, Oxford, and went on to become a Fellow of All Souls College and St Antony’s College. He taught at Oxford University for nearly five decades until his retirement in 2008.

Malcolm graduated from New College Oxford with a First in Modern History in 1962 and was a Fellow of All Souls College from 1962-1966. He was one of the original staff of the Latin American Centre and was a Fellow of St. Antony’s College and University Lecturer in the Government and Politics of Latin America from 1966 until his retirement in 2008.

His research has been chiefly on the nineteenth and twentieth-century history of Colombia, where he first spent two years in 1964 and 1965, and where he has been a frequent visitor and resident since. He has written on caciquismo, the history of taxation, civil wars, coffee, insecurity and its economic consequences, the interaction of local and national politics, the interpretation of violence and many other themes. From 1990 to 1994 he was an advisor in Colombia to President César Gaviria’s Consejería de Seguridad y Defensa, which worked to design policies to reduce Colombia’s high levels of violence. For this he was awarded Colombia’s Cruz de Boyacá, and an O.B.E

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