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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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21st Jan. 2020Algerian flagAlgerian British Business Chamber of Commerce

Lady Olga Maitland hosts a dinner in honour of the high level Algerian delegation.

Guest Speaker: Rt. Hon. Conor Burns, MP
Minister of State, Department for International Trade.

14th Jan. 2020Picture Source: NATO
Picture source: NATO
Is NATO At A Crossroads? Should We Be Looking At A New European Defence Formula?

NATO has been under pressure from its leading ally, the US over its European commitment;  the US has unilaterally withdrawn from the INF Treaty, Turkey has bought Russian S-400 missiles, Russia has been ramping up its presence, migration movement, turbulent European nationalism, US and EU sanctions have all prompted a case for new thinking.

10th Dec. 2019
Lord Butler
RT. HON.  LORD BUTLER OF BROCKWELL,Knight of the Garter, GCB, CVO, PC, former Secretary to the Cabinet
Serving Five Prime Ministers from Edward Heath, to Margaret Thatcher, John Major, Tony Blair and David Cameron.

Lord Butler, Chief Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Civil Service for a decade has  served five prime ministers. He was the Chairman of the Review of Intelligence on Weapons of Mass Destruction 2002 - 2004.  Today he is an active member of the House of Lords sitting on the Cross Benches.  He does not pull his punches.   In a Brexit debate he said, ‘Brexit legislation strikes a dagger to my soul.’
He was also Master of University College, Oxford.

28th Nov. 2019Palace of WestminsterHouse of Lord Annual Dinner of The Algeria British Business Council, 
sponsored by the RT. HON. LORD RISBY, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Algeria.

13th Nov. 2019
Rt. Hon Lord Lamont
RT. Hon Lord Lamont
Have We Got Our Policy Right on Iran?

Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick: Iran caught in the cusp of different power brokers.

The US has unilaterally withdrawn from the nuclear agreement with Iran. Tensions have risen to a new high between Washington and Teheran. Iran has responded by almost closing up the Hormuz Straits, seizing a British flagged ship, firing upon a British frigate and putting the British-Iranian Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe under very tough prison conditions.

22nd Oct.
Alistair Burt MP
Britain's Role In The Middle East. Where Do We Go From Here?

Rt. Hon. Alistair Burt, MP, former Minister of State at the UK's Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO),
for the Mena region, offers his analysis of our relations with the Gulf States, Iran, Syria, Iraq and so on.

Burt will cover issues from Iran, to Turkey to Syria, Iraq ,Yemen and North Africa.  Post Brexit, the UK has promised to be ‘Global Britain’.  How will this be realised?

16th May 2019 H.E Alexander Yakovenko
Hosted by H.E. Dr. Alexander Yakovenko

“Unpredictable? No!  Largely predictable world”

DR. SERGEY KARAGANOV,  former Presidential Adviser to Mr Putin from 2001 - 2013, Dean of the School of World Economics and International Relations at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics,  and  Member of the OSCE High Level Panel of Eminent Persons on European Security, will argue that we live in a predictable world.

24th April 2019
Read is speech, 'Threats and Challenges in Post-Brexit Britain'.
‘The International Order Under Threat – What Next for the UK?’

Sir Mark Lyall Grant, former National Security Advisor to Prime Ministers David Cameron and Theresa May; and a former UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, discusses the current international order and considers whether it under threat, and answers the question: What next for the UK.

17th April 2019 NATO Summit in Turkey.
Photo source: NATO
Dr. Cenguiz Ozgencil, chairman, Bosphorus Cooperation Summit. An update on President Erdogan’s programme for 2019. Turkey remains an important member of NATO, and a natural ally for the UK.

14th March 2019
Photo Source: Lukoil
Russia and the United Kingdom

H.E. Dr. Igor Ivanov,  Director LUKoil, and President Russian International Affairs Council discusses, ‘Russia and the United Kingdom in a  Changing World’. This event presents an opportunity to consider Russian-British relations in a broad international context

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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