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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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Past Events in 2013
6th Feb. 2013
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‘An Insider’s Eye On The Security Risks And Challenges Facing The Middle East And North Africa’

Defence Senior Adviser for the Middle East, has a broad and ranging brief to liaise with Middle East security issues and in turn support British government engagement in the region.
This has given General Mayall an unparalleled  access at the very highest levels to Governments facing up to huge changes sweeping across their countries; managing national expectations and outside influences.

18th March 2013
DSF delegates debate the issues.

The Muslim Brotherhood? What Does It Mean For The Middle East –And what's Its Impact On Countries Nationally And Regionally

PROFESSOR HANY ELDEEB, Chair of the Egyptian Forum in the UK Senior Muslim Brotherhood Leader and a Consultant Clinical Oncologist in the UK, will explain the philosophy and policies of the Muslim Brotherhood.

10th April 2013
Brigadier Ben Barry, OBE.
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Syria: Examining Foreign Intervention In The Battle for Control 

Brigadier Ben Barry, OBE, Senior Fellow Land Warfare, IISS, International Institute for Strategic Studies will make a military assessment on where the conflict is moving.

23rd April 2013
Dr. Gerard Lyons Speaking atht World Economic Forum
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Inside China Today – The Global Impact

Dr Gerard Lyons, former Chief Economist, Standard Chartered Bank and currently Chief Economic Advisor To The Mayor Of London, Boris Johnson will lift the lid on a country which is having a major Energy Club impact all over the world.

25th April 2013
Turkey's Deputy Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Hom. Murat Mercan.
Speaking at MEDays.
Turkey's Energy Vision

Turkey’s Deputy Minister Of Energy And Natural Resources, Hon. Murat Mercan

Mercan will outline Turkey’s energy vision as it continues to strengthen its role as a regional energy centre, maintaining the flow of energy from East to West. He will tell of plans to fully liberalize its energy market; to meet national demands.

9th May 2013
Prof. Akiko Yamanaka Inside Japan Today

Professor Akiko Yamanaka, former member of the Diet, and Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs under Prime Minister Koizumi. She will bring fresh insights on Japan’s new government, its role in the region and relations with China, North and South Korea, with a particular analysis on security issues.

5th June 2013
Hon. Zsolt Németh, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Hungary ‘The Future of the European Union as seen from Central Europe’

Hon. Zsolt Nemeth, Minister Of State Foreign Affairs, Hungary.

HUNGARY – a leading Central European member of the EU.  How does Hungary view the economic crisis?  Hungary is not a member of the Euro zone. Will it ever join? Can the Euro survive? Should the UK stay in the EU?   Is the EU out of its depth? Should it revise its mission – as proposed by the British Prime Minister David Cameron.  A powerful perspective will be given by Mr. Nemeth.

26th June 2013
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ALGERIA TODAY – Post-Islamist attack on In Amenas gas plant in January.

Algeria hit the headlines when 37 people died in the attack on the In Amenas site – 5 of whom were from BP.

Balance the shocking events with the fact that Algeria is the richest and most stable country in the whole of North Africa. British relations have never been closer or more productive for British business.

An assessment will be made on both security implications with fragile neighbours – and alongside that the opportunities for British businesses to flourish.

12th Sept. 2013
Prince Turki Bin Faisal al Saud His Royal Highness Prince Turki bin Faisal al Saud: ‘Understanding the Middle East Today’

In his Address to Defence and Security Forum he will examine the challenges facing the Middle East today.

Prince Turki is warmly remembered for his years as Ambassador for the Royal Embassy of Saudi Arabia from 2003 until the outbreak of the US Invasion of Iraq. He was highly respected by diplomats here.
Previously he had been Director General of the General Intelligence Directorate (GID), the Kingdom’s main foreign intelligence service.  After service as Ambassador in the UK, he was appointed as Ambassador to the White House for two years.

Introduction by: Sir Sherard Cowper Coles, KCVO, LVO
Former Ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

His speech...

30th Sept.

Flag of Iran ‘Alastair Crooke - Conflict Forums'

EX-MI6 Alastair Crooke is  responsible for making authoritative reports from Beirut (reflecting all points of view) and on latest developments in Syria and the Middle East.

His analysis today is highly respected, and he will talk to the DSF about  his work with
Hezbollah, Hamas, Syria, Iran and Israel to gain peace in the region.

13th Nov. 2013
Handshake - MS ClipArt ‘Countering The Violent Extremism Post-Arab Spring’

Mr Arslan Chikhaoui, Executive Chairman, NSV Consultancy Centre is
the leading Algerian analyst on terrorism, strategy and business intelligence issues in his own country. He is also widely in demand internationally.

At this event he will speak about what needs to be done to counter the violent upsurge in extremism that occurred after the Arab Spring that shook up the region.

25th Nov. 2013
Anglo-Jordanian Society Keynote Address By H.E. Mr. Nasser Judeh,
Minister for Foreign Affairs and Expatriates of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

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