|Forthcoming and Recent
|17th Oct 2017 ||ROUND TABLE DINNER|
Inside Saudi Arabia A Crown Prince Mohammed Modernises
While Facing Down Qatar And Yemen:
Is This Situation Tenable?
William Patey, KCMG - Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia -
Since leaving the Foreign Office, Sir William Patey has remained in
constant touch with his former domain, and has given fearless and frank
assessments on developments in the region. He has questioned whether
Saudi Arabia miscalculated in isolating Qatar. Will all these events
cause investors to think seriously about disinvesting in the Gulf?
For more information and tickets, please contact Lady Olga Maitland: firstname.lastname@example.org, or download the details.
|12th July 2017|Source: KCNA - North Korea's State-Owned News Agency. |North Korea Exposed: Daily Life in the Hermit Kingdom|
Korea is a big world problem” says Trump. And with the country making
Headline News every day, there has rarely been a more important time to
hear the truth about this paranoid state. With the tension being
ratcheted up daily, it’s now the world's most significant story; one
that may affect us all. Quoting Lord Alton: Ignoring North Korea is not
Speaker: Jeremy Hunter, photojournalist and former TV News and Current Affairs producer/reporter.
|31st May 2017|
Image Source: MS ClipArt
|Fresh analysis after President Trump attends a Mini-Summit of NATO in Brussels the week before.|
|11th May 2017||House Of Lords Dinner in association with Algeria British Business Council|
sponsored by the Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick, Former Chancellor of
This event will discuss the Future of British Trading Relations outside the EU,
The Opportunities for Algeria. A Review of the 'UK Algeria Double Taxation
Convention.' Also speaking:- H.E. The British Ambassador, Mr Andrew
Noble. H.E. The Algerian Ambassador Mr. Amar Abba.
|6th April 2017|
NATO Secretary General visits Headquarters of Allied Command Operations (SHAPE).
General Sir Adrian Bradshaw, KCB, OBE Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, SHAPE.General
Bradshaw made news headlines with the statement to the press
warning, ‘NATO and the EU need ‘a grand strategy’ to resist Putin’.
‘Russia would remain a threat as long as President Putin holds power.’.
He added there would be catastrophic consequences if the west lost
coherence in its response ‘to a competitor that has his hands on all
levers of power.’
|5th April 2017|
Debrief: H.E. The Russian Ambassador, Mr. Alexander Yakovenko
kindly host an insightful debriefing following the meeting in Moscow between the
Foreign Minister, Mr Sergey Lavrov and the Foreign Secretary, Mr Boris
Johnson. The topics to be addressed will embrace Syria, Yemen, Ukraine,
Crimea, Libya, Baltic states, NATO, US relations.
Lady Olga: ‘This is a unique opportunity to hear first hand the Russian perspective on global events.’
|9th March 2017|
Press conference by NATO Secretary General
Jens Stoltenberg following the meeting of the
North Atlantic Council at the level of Defence Ministers.
Prof. Adrian Kendry - Is NATO fit for Purpose?Professor
Kendry was a former Senior Defence Economist and Adviser to the
Secretary General of NATO. He will examine the degree NATO countries
can rise to the challenge posed by President Trump in raising their
defence spending to 2% of GDP. He will also look at the threats
from Russia and the level of capability for NATO to respond.
|22nd Feb. 2017|Reception hosted by the South Sudan Business Council.
Olga Maitland is a Board Member of the South Sudan Business
Council. South Sudan is finding its feet after an unsettled
period. Now looking at investment opportunities and creating a better
understanding of the environment through close ties with the local
political and business community.
|23rd Nov. 2016|
NATO Secretary General -
and capability of British armed forces.
LIEUT. GENERAL MARK POFFLEY, DEPUTY CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF.
and capability of British armed forces. The realities of a changing
world, new working partnerships and relationships with overseas
engagements i.e. Syria, Iraq, Libya etc. British forces will need
flexibility and be relevant to new threats from wherever they come.
Britain’s role in NATO as it reshapes to new demands.
|16th Nov. 2016|
H.E. The Chinese Amassador, Liu Xiaoming
today is a super power. It is to be hoped an important trading partner,
especially post Brexit, both in the UK and in China with major
investments. It is also a considerable military power. Sir Mark Lyall
Grant, the Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor co-chaired the
first China-UK High Level Security Dialogue in Beijing in June 2016,
the purpose to demonstrate the significance of bilateral security
co-operation. These issues will be addressed in full.
|1st Nov. 2016||‘Broken Vows: Tony Blair, Tragedy of Power’ withTom Bower, Author|
powerful analysis of just how Britain was drawn into the Iraq war and
Tony Blair’s style of government. It fills the gaps that the Chilcot
Report does not address. A key issue was the lack of military
preparedness and support. As this is critical to future UK overseas
engagements there will be many conclusions to draw.
|17th Oct. 2016|
Like a museum, crises offer an opportunity to learn.
|Lesssons Learnt From The Middle East Crisis|
RT. HON. LORD LOTHIAN, formerly Michael Ancram MP,
Chairman of Global Strategy Forum, former Shadow Foreign Affairs
minister, Minister of State, Northern Ireland. As the Alliance grapples
with Iraq and Syria, Lord Lothian will examine the mistakes of the past
and the lessons learnt especially from the Chilcot report.
Responding: Mr Alastair Crooke, CMG.
|5th Oct. 2016||Russia – Implications for UK Defence and Security’|
HON. DR. JULIAN LEWIS, MP, Chairman House of Commons Defence Select
Committee on Select Committee Reports, ‘ Russia – Implications for UK
Defence and Security’ and ‘NATO Warsaw Summit – Chilcot Report
|11th July 2016||Turkey On The Edge Of Syria's Storm?|
Speaker: Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Cem Isik.
Moderator: Mehmet Ogatcu, Global Resources Partnership.
Response : Mr Michael Stephen, former Member of Parliament, and legal adviser to three Turkish ambassadors to London.
has received over 2m refugees from Syria. It is challenged by the
volatile events in Syria, would like to see President Assad removed,
and is faced with upheavals from the Kurdish community. Turkey will be
part of the final solution. How does the country see the way forward?
|14th June 2016||Lessons Learnt From Middle East Crisis|
Hon. Lord Lothian, formerly Michael Ancram, MP, a former minister with
several major portfolios was Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister whilst in
Opposition, becoming also the Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party.
As the Alliance wrestles with issues on Iraq and Syria, Lord Lothian
will examine the mistakes of the past and how we might go forward.
|5th May 2016|
Can NATO Adapt To Changing Russian Threats?
Speakers: Professor Christopher Coker, London School of Economics, Professor of International Relations.Professor
Coker is an acknowledged authority on Russian strategy, speaking at
conferences all over the world for his understanding of the changing
face of Russia. |
|19th April 2016|
EU Referendum ‘Vote Out’Rt. Hon. Liam Fox, MP, former Minister of Defence.’I vote to leave’.
sight of David Cameron taking the political ‘begging bowl’ around
Europe to secure only minor reforms should be enough to persuade people
to back Brexit.’
Mr Green will be supported by a leading businessman, to be confirmed.
|23rd March 2016||EU Referendum: Vote In|
Rt. Hon. Damian Green, MP, former Home Office and Justice Minister.
Hon. Damian Green, MP, today a leading figure in the ‘Britain Stronger
in Europe’ group. This is backed by former Prime Minister Sir John
Major, who says that within the EU Britain is stronger , safer and
better off, and Lord Rose, former Chairman of Marks and Spencer now
with Ocado, who says, ‘wanting reform is not the same as wanting to
Mr Green will be supported by a leading businessman, to be confirmed.
|1st Dec. 2015||Middle East Crisis|
The New Risks and Impacts:Can there be common agreement with the Russians?
Speaker: Tobias Ellwood, MP
Under Secretary of State Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Sir William Patey
Former UK Ambassador to Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
|8th Oct 2015||Lady Olga Maitland |
Invites you to the Partnership with Algeria’ Conference, hosted by CharlesRussell Speechlys.
is a natural place for investment. Politically stable with a steady
growth rate of 4%. Coming to London will be a group of 40 of
Algeria’s leading companies, their Chairmen and CEO's who will explain
how they view the forthcoming years as a time of huge opportunity.
Find out more about the conference agenda here...
|7th July 2015||Iran – Rendez-vous with Opportunities and Challenges: Prepare for Business Post-Sanctions|
An evening with Ali Borhani
Founder and CEO of
Iranian born Ali Borhani has a wealth of experience in assisting
companies entering Iran. Ali will explain how the Iranian market is
going to open up post sanctions, and how companies can be best prepared
for this promising and untapped market.
|27th May 2015||For a photo of the ambassador, please see:http://www.rusemb.org.uk/|
|Revealing ‘New World Realities’|
The last year has had a tumultuous effect on
relationships between the Europe, the US and Russia.
Has the time now come for a fresh start? Russian Ambassador H.E Alexander Yakovenko reveals his views.
|30th April 2015||Have we reached a cross roads on nuclear issues?|
Is a breakthrough possible?
Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick,
Iran British Chamber of Commerce and a former Chancellor of Exchequer,
discusses whether a breakthrough agreement on Iran's nuclear can be
response is given by Dr. Salman Safavi, Director Adviser to President
Hassan Rouhani of Iran and brother of General Rahim Safavi, the
former IRGC Commander and Supreme Leader’s Military Advisor.
|24th March 2015|
Photo: Courtesy of the MOD
CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF MINISTRY OF DEFENCE|
The Changing Face Of The British Armed Forces
Yesterday's campaigns in Iraq, Afghanistan: Today the UK is an active partner in the US military offensive in Iraq.
Where will we be tomorrow?
Carter has a reputation for plain speaking - and standing up for a
modern armed force capable of dealing with today’s threats. Are we
prepared and capable of responding to a crisis? As tensions rise not
only in the Middle East, but also Ukraine, with an increasingly
assertive Russia, what role can we be expected to play with today’s
much reduced armed forces.
|10th Dec. 2014||UK-Algerian Investment Forum|
Olga Maitland, as Chairman of the Algeria British Business Council is
working closely with the organisers, DMA, Developing Markets Associates
to mount the First Ever major Algerian event at top level to take place
in the City of London.
The visit by the Algerian Prime Minister, M. Sellal will also include
talks with the Prime Minister, David Cameron at Downing Street, and the
Official Signing of the Double Taxation Agreement. This has come at an
opportune time with rapidly developing trade and investment relations,
and excellent dialogue between the UK and Algerian governments.
|1st Dec 2014||China Today – Its role in the Region China’s Development in Commerce.|
MARTIN BARROW, CBE: Non-Executive Director Matheson & Co.; Former
Chairman of Jardine Matheson (China) & has spent over 40 years in
East Asia Non-Executive Director China British Business Council.
|18th Nov. 2014||Photo Courtesy of the United Nations||‘Is There A Global Solution To The Fire In The Middle East?’|
Malloch-Brown will address the issue of the raging conflicts in the
Middle East – every day more complex and threatening for the entire
region. The rapid rise of ISIS has confounded the experts... Is there
indeed a role for outside nations to help quench the fire?
Richards, familiarly known as General Richards in his role as Chief of
Defence Staff will give his own analysis from a military perspective.
Should there be a role for international forces?
|10th March 2014
|| ‘Why Poland Wants the UK to remain in the EU’
H.E Radoslaw Sikorski's
keynote address discusses the reasons why Poland wants the UK to remain part of the European Union.
A response will be given by Mr Nirj Deva, MEP Conservative, South East England.
Photo source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland.
|26th March 2014
|Syria: Report on ‘Industrial Scale’ killing of detainees
Desmond de Silva, QC - the former prosecutor of the Special Court
for Sierra Leone - led an investigation of international lawyers into
the evidence of ‘systemic killing’ of 11,000 detainees by Bashar Al
Assad’s security forces.
These came to light through a cache of evidence smuggled out of the
country. Most of the victims were emaciated, bloodstained and bore
signs of torture.
Sir Desmond will talk through his findings and report back on the outcome of the Report at the Geneva Peace Conference.
|7th May 2014
SHAW, a banker with Standard Chartered Bank, was brutally kidnapped in
the Georgian city of Tblisi. He will give a harrowing account of five
months pushed into a dark hole underground in freezing conditions.
Cramped, cold, wet and isolated,
how did he cope with the mental and physical pressures while a demand
of $2m was being made as ransom?
|18th June 2014
||The Anglo-Jordanian Society Biennial Supper
Olga Maitland, chairman of the Anglo Jordanian Society thought you
might be interested in attending this event which will be addressed by
both the Duke of Kent and Prince Hassan. This will be a memorable
evening in tremendous surroundings.
|24th June 2014
||THE REAL STORY TOLD of WWI: The Shooting Of The Archduke...
Sir Gavyn Arthur, a former Lord Mayor of London, has made a ten year
study about the role of the sinister Black Hand in the assassination of
the heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne, the brutal dress rehearsal
regicide 11 years before in Belgrade, the love affair between the
Archduke and his wife, and all the factors which combined that June day
to create the tragedy: the security failures, the forgetful Chief of
Police, the gearbox that jammed and the patisserie that ran out of
|How Much China Has Changed|
to the city where I was once First Secretary of the British Embassy, I
realised just how much China has changed" - Roger Garside.
Read his article in Prospect Magazine here.
Image: Banqueting House, courtesy of Historic Royal Palaces.
|Edward Heath International Lecture |
Delivered by Dr. Henry A. Kissinger At the Banqueting House, Whitehall, London October 24, 2016
the Tories unexpectedly won the 1970 election, Richard Nixon was so
elated that he called nearly every hour to update me on the status of
the returns. In terms of hierarchy, it should, of course, have
happened the other way around. But I found myself in Mexico
attending the 1970 World Cup without secure communications...
nature of the rules and forces
of states, the factors that
lead to military conflict or
co-operation, and the current trends towards both a more integrated and
a more fragmented world.
||Report: A Threat
Transformed: Al Qaeda and
Associated Movements in 2011
A 38 page PDF report by the Centre for Strategic and International
was published in February 2011.
a Pawn in the new 'Great Game'
based, Alastair Crooke, OBE, director of Conflicts Resolution is the
renowned expert on the Hamas and Hezbollah and frequent broadcaster on
the Israeli/Gaza war.
is a past event.
|Meeting The Patriarch|
Olga Maitland and HH Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia (in
white hat) at the Cavalry and Guards Club on Sunday, 16th
Prospects and Challenges' by
Arslan CHIKHAOUI - Economic & Political Specialist and CEO
- Middle East Association Seminar on Algeria. London, 6th
|SYRIA: Empowering The Democratic Resistance. A paper by the Arab Reform Initiative - September 2013.
International Association for the Remittances Industry
Western European Economies Learn from Central and Eastern Europe?
to Poland and the Czech Republic for lessons on how the West might
better have avoided the present financial and economic crisis.
|Politics is at the heart
of the DSF
and critical in its influence over
international relations, defence and security. The DSF
frequently hosts leaders in British politics as well as representatives
from countries all over the world from the United States to the Middle
East to the Far East.
here to read more.
|DSF discusses defence and
they are not just affecting Britian,
but countries all over the world. After all, the Forum is a
foreign and defence affairs think tank that was launched by Lady Olga
Maitland in 1983. It was then known under its
campaigning wing, ’Families for Defence’...
here to read more.