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16th Nov. 2016 Map of China H.E. The Chinese Amassador, Liu Xiaoming

China today is a super power. It is to be hoped an important trading partner, especially post Brexit, both in the UK and in China with major investments. It is also a considerable military power. Sir Mark Lyall Grant, the Prime Minister’s National Security Advisor co-chaired the first China-UK High Level Security Dialogue in Beijing in June 2016, the purpose to demonstrate the significance of bilateral security co-operation. These issues will be addressed in full.

1st Nov. 2016 Palace of Westminster ‘Broken Vows: Tony Blair, Tragedy of Power’ withTom Bower, Author

This powerful analysis of just how Britain was drawn into the Iraq war and Tony Blair’s style of government. It fills the gaps that the Chilcot Report does not address. A key issue was the lack of military preparedness and support. As this is critical to future UK overseas engagements there will be many conclusions to draw.

17th Oct. 2016
Dubai Museum: There is always room to learn.
Like a museum, crises offer an opportunity to learn.
Lesssons Learnt From The Middle East Crisis

RT. HON. LORD LOTHIAN, formerly Michael Ancram MP, Chairman of Global Strategy Forum, former Shadow Foreign Affairs minister, Minister of State, Northern Ireland. As the Alliance grapples with Iraq and Syria, Lord Lothian will examine the mistakes of the past and the lessons learnt especially from the Chilcot report.

Responding: Mr Alastair Crooke, CMG.

5th Oct. 2016 Flag of the Russian Federation Russia – Implications for UK Defence and Security’

RT. HON. DR. JULIAN LEWIS, MP, Chairman House of Commons Defence Select Committee on Select Committee Reports, ‘ Russia – Implications for UK Defence and Security’ and ‘NATO Warsaw Summit – Chilcot Report implications.’

11th July 2016 Turkish Flag Turkey On The Edge Of Syria's Storm?

Speaker: Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Cem Isik.

Moderator: Mehmet Ogatcu, Global Resources Partnership.

Response : Mr Michael Stephen, former Member of Parliament, and legal adviser to three Turkish ambassadors to London.

Turkey has received over 2m refugees from Syria. It is challenged by the volatile events in Syria, would like to see President Assad removed, and is faced with upheavals from the Kurdish community. Turkey will be part of the final solution. How does the country see the way forward?

14th June 2016
UN - Syria
Photo Courtesy of the United Nations
Lessons Learnt From Middle East Crisis

Rt. Hon. Lord Lothian, formerly Michael Ancram, MP, a former minister with several major portfolios was Shadow Foreign Affairs Minister whilst in Opposition, becoming also the Deputy Leader of the Conservative Party. As the Alliance wrestles with issues on Iraq and Syria, Lord Lothian will examine the mistakes of the past and how we might go forward.

5th May 2016
Source: NATO
Can NATO Adapt To Changing Russian Threats?

Speakers: Professor Christopher Coker, London School of Economics, Professor of International Relations.

Professor Coker is an acknowledged authority on Russian strategy, speaking at conferences all over the world for his understanding of the changing face of Russia.

19th April 2016 Image sourced via Microsoft Online Services
EU Referendum ‘Vote Out’

Rt. Hon. Liam Fox, MP, former Minister of Defence.’I vote to leave’.
‘The sight of David Cameron taking the political ‘begging bowl’ around Europe to secure only minor reforms should be enough to persuade people to back Brexit.’

Mr Green will be supported by a leading businessman, to be confirmed.

23rd March 2016 Image sourced via Microsoft Online Services EU Referendum: Vote In

Rt. Hon. Damian Green, MP, former Home Office and Justice Minister.

Rt. Hon. Damian Green, MP, today a leading figure in the ‘Britain Stronger in Europe’ group. This is backed by former Prime Minister Sir John Major, who says that within the EU Britain is stronger , safer and better off, and Lord Rose, former Chairman of Marks and Spencer now with Ocado, who says, ‘wanting reform is not the same as wanting to leave.’
Mr Green will be supported by a leading businessman, to be confirmed.

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

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