|Forthcoming and Recent
|12th Dec. 2018|
Top Level Seminar on Turkey and its International Relationships.
Erdogan’s Senior Foreign Policy Adviser, Professor Gulnur Aybet, Dr
Claire Spencer, Senior Consulting Fellow, Middle East, at Chatham House
and Professor Hasan Basri Yalcin, at Istanbul University will be
addressing topical but different themes.
Olga: ”The evening promises to be stimulating, lifting the lid on
where Turkey sees itself today. The UK is a long standing ally
and friend of Turkey. We are both at the extreme ends of Europe,
we share many common interests and concerns. Professor Aybet
addressed a dinner of DSF several months ago with frankness and honesty
about the challenges facing Turkey. We look forward to hearing
from her again.”
|31st Oct 2018|
US President Donald Trump speaking to the press.
Where does NATO stand after the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki?
General Sir James Everard, KCB, CBE, NATO’s Depity Supreme Allied Commander offers his view.
Trump was severely critical of the NATO allies and their capacity to
build up forces. He has cast doubts on US commitment to Article 5,
whereby an attack on one country is an attack on all. What is the
nature of the Russian aggression and threat?
|18th Oct. 2018|
House of Lords Annual Dinner, Algerian British Business Council.
By RT. HON. LORD RISBY. ‘Investment Opportunities in Algeria.’
The discussion will be led by Yassine Bouhara, Chairman, Tell Group,
|3rd Oct. 2018|
Revealing Extremisim and Counter-terrorism
MARK ROWLEY, QPM, former head of the Metropolitan Police Counter
Terrorism operations who took a national lead for counter terrorism
reveals the fights against terrorism and extremism.
|26th Sept. 2018|
NATO's General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg with US President Donald Trump at the NATO Summit in Brussels, 2018.
NATO: Decoding Trump-Putin agenda. The
Threat of Russian backlash if Finland, Sweden do decide to join NATO,
and closer relations with Ukraine and Georgia could also be flash
points. Professor of Economics, Peace Building and
Security, Winchester University, Former Senior Defence Economist to
NATO reports back from Brussells to decode the the Trump-Putin agenda.
|3rd July 2018|Read a report on the event and view the photos of it here (PDF)... |Russian Perspectives|
Dr Alexander Yakovenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation, will give
a briefing at the Residence of the Russian Embassy on "world events,
Middle East, Turkey,
Asia, North Korea Summit , US, Europe, and the
Bilateral relationship with the UK."
|15th May 2018|
Turkey Can We Have A Common Cause With President Erdogan: NATO? Regional Security?
Cenguiz Ozgencil, Chairman, Bosphorus International Co-Operation
Platform think tank,has a close relationship with the Presidency and
understands the dynamics which confuse so many. He hosts a
major international conference annually in Istanbul where the President
and Ministers participate.
|14th May 2018|
Find some photographs from the event here...
President Erdogan Of Turkey: His Policies Explained. Who Is He Really?
Gülnür Aybet, Senior Presidential Adviser to the President, frequently
travels with President Erdoğan as Senior Adviser on International
Affairs, and is present at key meetings with world leaders.
will discuss openly and frankly issues of common cause with the UK
- both countries are members of NATO, both are at extreme ends of
Europe and with Brexit, both outside the EU. Regional security,
including Syria and broader international relations will be discussed.
|2nd May 2018||Bridging The Divide With China - What Does The One Belt One Road Mean?|
Richard Heygate spent 20 years as senior partner with McKinseys. He is
also founder with the late Sir Paul Judge of the 88 initiative which
fosters UK China innovation sharing and technology transfers . As
Adviser to the China Railway Group, he will explain how the One Belt
One Road programme rolls out through the ‘Silk ‘ countries; how he has
introduced the concept of sub-contracting and develop greater harmony
|22nd March 2018|
Source: The White House
De-coding President Trump
a year of turmoil, excitement and lows, what does President Trump’s
leadership mean for the UK post Brexit? How will the ‘Special
Relationship evolve in practical terms? How does Mr Trump see NATO’s
future, and the broader international scene?
|15th March 2018|IRAN: Has it reached a turning point?
Thirty-nine years after the Revolution - demonstrations - weeks of protests that do not go away.International
issues with the Middle East, nuclear programmes and regional
relationships are concentrating the minds of the Government.PROFESSOR NASSER HADIAN, Tehran University will unfold events. He isclose to the former President Khatami and meets regularly with the current President.
|13th March 2018|
SOUTH SUDAN BUSINESS COUNCIL RECEPTION
South Sudan, rich in minerals, oil and gas and agriculture is now returning to
regeneration has started.
RSVP Lady Olga Maitland firstname.lastname@example.org,
who is on the Board of the South Sudan Bus iness Council.
|22nd Jan. 2018|
Source: Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Fallon's website.
Read the speech transcript here.
|Has the time come to re-assess Britain’s role in the world?|
United Kingdom defence secretary Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Fallon MP
answers questions about whether the time is right to re-assess
Britiain's role in the world.
He also responds to this
question: Can we cope with the evolving threats from cyber warfare,
militant jihadism and hybrid warfare waged by President Putin? To find
out what he thinks. join us at this insightful event.
|25th Oct. 2017|
Algeria British Business Council Dinner
Olga Maitland - Chairman, Algeria British Business Council - will host
a dinner for the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Dr Andrew Parmley,
and H.E. the Minister of Finance for Algeria, M. Abderrahmane Raouya,
with a high level delegation of ministry officials and representatives
of the financial and commercial sector.
|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: email@example.com, 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.
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
|Turkey Can We Have A Common Cause With President Erdogan: NATO? Regional Security?|
Cenguiz Ozgencil, Chairman, Bosphorus International Co-Operation
Platform think tank, was Guest of Honour at the dinner hosted by Lady
Olga Maitland at 21 Cloudesley Street on 15th May 2018.
Find some photographs from the event here....
|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.
|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.