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The Defence and Security Forum was founded by Lady Olga Maitland in 1983. It was originally a campaigning organisation known as Families for Defence launched to challenge the anti-nuclear protest movements such as CND. Families for Defence’s remit was to promote the NATO case for multilateral nuclear disarmament. In the course of doing so the purpose was to focus on the importance of a proper provision for the defence of the United Kingdom.

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23 March 2016

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EU Referendum: Vote In

Rt. Hon. Damian Green, MP, former Home Office and Justice Minister.

Rt. 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 leave.’
Mr Green will be supported by a leading businessman, to be confirmed.

19th April 2016
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EU Referendum ‘Vote Out’

Rt. Hon. Liam Fox, MP, former Minister of Defence.’I vote to leave’.
‘The 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.


5th May 2016NATO
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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.

14th June 2016UN - Syria
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Lessons Learnt From Middle East Crisis

Rt. 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.

11th July 2016Turkish FlagTurkey 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.

Turkey 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?
 

1st Dec.  2015Tonias Elwood MP
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

Moderator:
Sir William Patey
Former UK Ambassador to Iraq and Saudi Arabia.


8th Oct 2015ABBC
Lady Olga Maitland
Invites you to the Partnership with Algeria’ Conference, hosted by CharlesRussell Speechlys.

Algeria 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
Iranian flag
Iran – Rendez-vous with Opportunities and Challenges: Prepare for Business Post-Sanctions

An evening with Ali Borhani
Founder and CEO of
Incubeemea.

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
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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 2015A DSF debateHave we reached a cross roads on nuclear issues?
Is a breakthrough possible?

Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick,
Chairman, Iran British Chamber of Commerce and a former Chancellor of Exchequer, discusses whether a breakthrough agreement on Iran's nuclear can be achieved.

A 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
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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?

General 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. 2014ABBCUK-Algerian Investment Forum

Lady 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 2014ChinaChina Today – Its role in the Region China’s Development in Commerce.

Speaker: 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. 2014Mohamed Ali Alhakim, Permanent Representative of Iraq to the UN, speaks to journalists, following the Security Council meetingPhoto Courtesy of the United Nations‘Is There A Global Solution To The Fire In The Middle East?’

Lord 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?

Lord 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
H.E. Radoslaw Sikorski - Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs ‘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

Sir 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
Hostage - MSClip Art HOSTAGE!

PETER 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
Anglo-Jordanian Society The Anglo-Jordanian Society Biennial Supper

Lady 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 "We shall remember them!" 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 cakes...









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International Relations analyses the nature of the rules and forces governing the behaviour of states, the factors that lead to military conflict or peaceful co-operation, and the current trends towards both a more integrated and a more fragmented world.


CSIS Globe Report: A Threat Transformed: Al Qaeda and Associated Movements in 2011

A 38 page PDF report by the Centre for Strategic and International Studies, which was published in February 2011.

Israeli and Palestinian flags. Gaza: a Pawn in the new 'Great Game'

Beirut 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.

This is a past event.
The pound 'Building up Confidence: Prospects and Challenges' by Arslan CHIKHAOUI - Economic & Political Specialist and CEO -  Middle East Association Seminar on Algeria. London, 6th November 2008.

Read more... (Microsoft PowerPoint presentation).

Arab Reform Initiative
SYRIA: Empowering The Democratic Resistance. A paper by the Arab Reform Initiative - September 2013.


Money Transfer International Launch of International Association for the Remittances Industry - December 2008.

Polish flag. Can  Western European Economies Learn from Central and Eastern Europe?

Graham Jarvis looks to Poland and the Czech Republic for lessons on how the West might better have avoided the present financial and economic crisis.

Read more in the Diplomat magazine.


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