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Thursday March 30th, 2023  - Understanding Putin's Mindset

Understanding the President Putin’s mindset and that of the Kremlin. Mr Valery Morozov is a Russian businessman granted political asylum in the UK after personally clashing with President Putin and Dmitri Medvedev over a major corruption scandal. Today he is a regular commentator and analyst on Russia.

Speaker: Dr. Valery Morozov.
Venue: 21 Cloudesley Street, London N1 0HX

Time: 7 for 7.30 pm.
Dress Code: Black tie.
Ticket: £75 pp.

Thursday April 20th, 2023 -
How do we Co-Exist with China?

How do we Co-Exist with China?

Will their charm offensive work? In association

with Asia Scotland Institute.

Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles , former ambassador, Chairman China-Britain Business Council and Group Head Public Affairs, HSBC will moderate and give a perspective on managing UK-China relationships. He will be joined by Professor Kerry Brown, Professor of Chinese Studies and Director of the Lau Institute, Kings College, London, who will explore how to navigate relations with China today.

Speakers: Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles, KCMG, LVO;
Professor Kerry Brown;  and Dr. Roddy Gow,
Founder and Chairman, Asia Scotland Institute.

Venue: Army and Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, St James’s, SW1 5JN
Time: 7 for 7.30 pm.
Dress Code: Black tie.
Ticket: £95 pp.

Tuesday May 23rd, 2023  - How is Ukraine weathering the storm?

On the ground first hand reports. What next for the allies? Is Moldova the next in line?

General Sir Nick Parker, KCB, CBE, former commander Land Forces, and today chairman of Re-Act, a disaster response charity rescuing people on the ground.He is also today working in Turkey.

Mr. Justin Crump, CEO, Sibylline, military veteran, specialist in on the ground intelligence with a large network in Ukraine.

Mr. Mike Longstaff, OBE, CEO, Audere Ineternational Kiev Report

Dinner: Army and Navy Club, 36-39 Pall Mall, St James’s, SW1 5JN
Time: 7 for 7.30 pm.
Dress Code: Black tie.
Ticket: £95 pp.

Wednesday, 14th June 2023 -
Britain’s Role in the World

The DSF will be joined by Rt. Hon. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, KT, GCMG, PC;  former Secretary General NATO, and Former UK Secretary of State for Defence to discuss, 'Britain’s Role in the World.'

Moderated by Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind, KCMG, KC; former UK Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary.

DSF EVENTS in 2022

Top Level Security Briefing

For security reasons name will not be released at present. He will speak on national security issues - including the  Russo-Ukrainian War.

Lady Olga Maitland: ”This address will be at a critical time for Europe facing a tough war in the Ukraine, and a changing world with new threats and relationships with China, Iran, and international terrorism.”

Invitation to a Panel Discussion Hosted By Contemporary Turkish Studies and The European Institute At The LSE, and By The British Institute at Ankara - 18th October 2022.

Archaeology and Soft Power-cultural diplomacy between Turkey and the UK.

 Professor Stephen Mitchell FBA, former Leverhulme Professor of Hellenistic Culture.
 Sir David Logan KCMG, former British Ambassador to Ankara.
 Tuna Şare Ağturk, Marie Curie Research Fellow, University of Oxford
 Professor Yaprak Gürsoy, Chair of Contemporary Turkish Studies, LSE.

‘Inside The Kremlin: What Next For President Putin?’

Deep dive on 11th October 2022 into the security and intelligence services with their impact on Russian politics and society.

Former UK Ambassador to Russia
Well known for his Russian scholarship with a
Deep dive into the security and intelligence services with their impact on Russian politics and society
Former Chief , MI6, British Secret Intelligence Service


Wednesday 22nd June - Join the DSF to celebrate the life, the sense of commitment and duty, as well as to reflect on the life and impact of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II.

EVENT: Living with President Erdogan Prospects for Turkey after Presidential Election 2023

1st June 2022 - Lady Olga Maitland to host DFS Roundtable for DR. CENGUIZ OZGENCIL, Chairmand, Bosphorus Summit,

EVENT: ‘Lessons to be Learnt from the Russia Ukraine War’

26th April 2022 - GENERAL SIR NICHOLAS CARTER,  GCB, CBE, DSO, Former Chief of Defence Staff, analyses the events of the Russo-Ukrainian War.


14th March 2022 - With the UK-UKRAINE ROUND TABLE, the DSF explores the impact of the conflict on the energy sector, charities, the evacuation effort and discusses Russia's fighting capabilities.

EVENT: A Changing World of Threats: Cyber-warfare to the Changing Nature of China, Russia, Iran and International Terrorism

24th February 2022 - A DSF Dinner looking at national and internation security isssues. Lady Olga Maitland says: "This address will be significant as we deal in a changing world of threats, be they from advanced cyber warfare to the changing nature of China, Russia, Iran and international terrorism."

Moderated by Rt. Hon. Sir Malcolm Rifkind, KCMG, QC, former Foreign Secretary and Defence Secretary.

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EVENT: What Are The Options for Afghanistan?

Defence And Security Forum Dinner In Association With Afghan Democratic Peace And Prosperity Council

Join the DSF on 1st December 2021 at the Army and Navy Club in London to discuss the future of Afghanistan.

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Lady Olga Maitland on GB News

Watch Lady Olga Maitland's interview with GB News, Wednesday 18th August 2021, on the ‘Plight of Women in Afghanistan’.

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Delegates enjoying the debate. Lady Olga Maitland chatting to a delegate. Cordingley

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