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DSF Events in 2018

12th Dec. 2018
Top Level Seminar on Turkey and its International Relationships.

President Erdogan’s Senior Foreign Policy Adviser, Professor Gulnur Aybet, Dr Claire Spencer, Senior Consulting Fellow, Middle East, at Chatham House and Professor Hasan Basri Yalcin, at Istanbul University will be addressing topical but different themes.

Lady Olga:  ”The evening promises to be stimulating, lifting the lid on where Turkey sees itself today.  The UK is a long standing ally and friend of Turkey.  We are both at the extreme ends of Europe, we share many common interests and concerns.  Professor Aybet addressed a dinner of DSF several months ago with frankness and honesty about the challenges facing Turkey.  We look forward to hearing from her again.”

31st Oct 2018 US President Donald Trumo
Source: NATO

US President Donald Trump speaking to the press.
Where does NATO stand after the Trump-Putin meeting in Helsinki? 

General Sir James Everard, KCB, CBE, NATO’s Depity Supreme Allied Commander offers his view.

President Trump was severely critical of the NATO allies and their capacity to build up forces. He has cast doubts on US commitment to Article 5, whereby an attack on one country is an attack on all. What is the nature of the Russian aggression and threat?

18th Oct. 2018 The House of Parliament
House of Lords Annual Dinner, Algerian  British Business Council.

Sponsored By RT. HON. LORD RISBY.  ‘Investment Opportunities in Algeria.’ The discussion will be led by Yassine Bouhara, Chairman, Tell Group, Investment Fund.

3rd Oct. 2018 AC Mark Rowley, QPM
Revealing Extremisim and Counter-terrorism

SIR MARK ROWLEY, QPM, former head of the Metropolitan Police Counter Terrorism operations who took a national lead for counter terrorism reveals the fights against terrorism and extremism.

26th Sept. 2018 US President Donald Trump with NATO's General Secretary at the NATO Summit in Brussels, 2018.
Source: NATO.

NATO's General Secretary Jens Stoltenberg with US President Donald Trump at the NATO Summit in Brussels, 2018.
NATO: Decoding Trump-Putin agenda.

The Threat of Russian backlash if Finland, Sweden do decide to join NATO, and closer relations with Ukraine and Georgia could also be flash points.

 Professor of Economics, Peace Building and Security, Winchester University,  Former Senior Defence Economist to NATO reports back from Brussells to decode the the Trump-Putin agenda.

3rd July 2018 Russian Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko Russian Perspectives

H.E. Dr Alexander Yakovenko, Ambassador of the Russian Federation, will give a briefing at the Residence of the Russian Embassy on "world events, Middle East, Turkey,
Asia, North Korea Summit , US, Europe, and the
Bilateral relationship with the UK."

15th May 2018
Turkey Can We Have A Common Cause With President Erdogan: NATO? Regional Security?

Dr. Cenguiz Ozgencil, Chairman, Bosphorus International Co-Operation Platform think tank,has a close relationship with the Presidency and understands the dynamics which confuse so many.   He hosts a major international conference annually in Istanbul where the President and Ministers participate.

14th May 2018
President Erdogan Of Turkey: His Policies Explained.  Who Is He Really?

Professor Gülnür Aybet, Senior Presidential Adviser to the President, frequently travels with President Erdoğan as Senior Adviser on International Affairs, and is present at key meetings with world leaders.

She will discuss openly and frankly issues of common cause with the UK -  both countries are members of NATO, both are at extreme ends of Europe and with Brexit, both outside the EU.  Regional security, including Syria and broader international relations will be discussed.

2nd May 2018 China Bridging The Divide With China - What Does The One Belt One Road Mean?

Sir Richard Heygate spent 20 years as senior partner with McKinseys. He is also founder with the late Sir Paul Judge of the 88 initiative which fosters UK China innovation sharing and technology transfers . As Adviser to the China Railway Group, he will explain how the One Belt One Road programme rolls out through the ‘Silk ‘ countries; how he has introduced the concept of sub-contracting and develop greater harmony in relations.

22nd March 2018 US President Donald Trump
Source: The White House
De-coding President Trump

After a year of turmoil, excitement and lows, what does President Trump’s leadership mean for the UK post Brexit? How will the ‘Special Relationship evolve in practical terms? How does Mr Trump see NATO’s future, and the broader international scene?

15th March 2018 British PM Theresa May meets Iranian President Rouhani.
IRAN: Has it reached a turning point?

Thirty-nine years after the Revolution - demonstrations - weeks of protests that do not go away.


International issues with the Middle East, nuclear programmes and regional relationships are concentrating the minds of the Government.

PROFESSOR NASSER HADIAN, Tehran University will unfold events. He is
close to the former President Khatami and meets regularly with the current President.

13th March 2018 South Sudan delegation at the UN SOUTH SUDAN BUSINESS COUNCIL RECEPTION

South Sudan, rich in minerals, oil and gas and agriculture is now returning to stability. Economic
regeneration has started.

Reception: Cavalry and Guards Club, 127 Piccadilly, 6.30 pm. Ticket: donation £30


RSVP Lady Olga Maitland  olga.maitland@virgin.net,  who is on the Board of the South Sudan Business Council.

22nd Jan. 2018
Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Fallon MP
Source: Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Fallon's website.

Read the speech transcript here.
Has the time come to re-assess Britain’s role in the world?

Former U.K. defence secretary Rt. Hon. Sir Michael Fallon MP answers questions about whether the time is right to re-assess Britiain's role in the world.

He also responds to this question: Can we cope with the evolving threats from cyber warfare, militant jihadism and hybrid warfare waged by President Putin? To find out what he thinks. join us at this insightful event.
















































































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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