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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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DSF Events in 2015

1st Dec.  2015 Tonias Elwood MP
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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 ABBC Lady Olga Maitland
Invites you to the Partnership with Algeria’ Conference, hosted by CharlesRussell Speechlys.

Algeria 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 Iranian flag 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:
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 A DSF debate Have we reached a cross roads on nuclear issues?
Is a breakthrough possible?

Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont of Lerwick,  Chairman, Iran British Chamber of Commerce and a former Chancellor of Exchequer, discusses whether a breakthrough agreement on Iran's nuclear can be achieved.

A 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 Soliders: Photo with thanks to the MOD.
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?

General 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.

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

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