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The DSF's Co-founder, Lady Olga Maitland
Welcome to The Defence and Security Forum

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.
Major General Patrick Cordingley, our Chairman Our Keynote Topics

  • International Relations
  • Economics
  • Politics
  • Defence and Security
China: Friend or Foe? Booking forms


In association with Dr Roddy Gow, OBE, Chairman, AsiaScotand
DSF would like to have your opinions on the future of UK trade relations with China…
Says Lady Olga Maitland, A member of the Advisory Board, AsiaScotland
“I list some points you may care to consider:
  • Can the UK afford NOT to trade with China?
  • Is it realistic to break the production chain, and if so why?
  • Is one of the difficulties being the ‘fear of the unknown.’  An unfamiliar country, far away…?
  • Can we, should we do business with a society entirely different from the West?
  • Is it not facing reality that China is an economic and technological superpower?
  • Are the templates of economic power shifting away from the U.S.A? 
  • Does it really have to be a case of trade with either the U.S.A or China?
  • Can we not demonstrate our independence and trade with both?
  • Should the West be the arbiters of political institutions in other countries?


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A DSF speaker. Lady Olga Maitland talking to delegates. A DSF speaker
Delegates enjoying the debate. Lady Olga Maitland chatting to a delegate. Cordingley







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