Defence and Security Forum
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.
|24th Jan. 2012
||‘Should Iran Be Bombed?’
Rr. Hon.Lord Lamont Of Lerwick. Chairman, British Iranian Chamber of
Commerce will address the volatile issues facing Iran today.
Prof. Emanuele Ottolenghi, author of ‘Under a Mushroom Cloud, Europe, Iran and the Bomb’ will respond. His speech is here.
Read Lord Lamont's speech.
|13th Feb. 2012
||Algeria Today – The Quiet Country With Huge Opportunities
largest country in the African continent; the most stable and by far
the one with greatest wealth and investment opportunities is open for
|13th Mar. 2012
||Arms Control and Disarmament: How is it done?
H.E. PAUL VAN DEN IJSSEL, Netherlands, and President UN Geneva
Disarmament Convention December 2011 on biological weapons will examine
the formidable challenges facing arms control and disarmament.
Read his speech...
|29th Mar. 2012
||U.S. PRESIDENTIAL ELECTIONS – AND AFTER
Round Table analysis by leading US political commentator Marco
Vicenzino (TBC). An opportunity to examine President Obama’s leadership
– and the changing role of the US globally. A geo-political risk
analysis and how it impacts on Europe and the UK in particular.
|17th May. 2012
Summer Season: Whither Syria's Future?
An illustrious panel that includes Sir Malcom Rifkind debates the issues.
|27th June 2012
||In the eye of the Middile East storm
H.R.H. Prince El Hassan of Jordan talsk about the impact of the Arab Spring.
El Hassan, brother of the late King Hussain and uncle of HM King
Abdullah 11 of Jordan is a formidable figure in the Middle East.
|3rd July 2012
||‘Don’t Take Care, Take Risks!’
Brigadier Ellery, Director of Aegis, was for one year Head of the UN Mission to Southern Sudan.
|27th Sept. 2012
AYAD JAMAL AL-DIN
|Muslim Brotherhood: Friend Or Foe?
Islamic Cleric AYAD JAMAL AL-DIN, former Iraqi MP, an expert on the
Muslim Brotherhood talks about their increasingly influential role in
the Islamic world.
|9th Oct. 2012
|The Role of the Monarchy in today’s
In celebration of H.M. QUEEN
Elizabeth II's Golden Jubilee, Rt. Hon. Lord Janvrin, Private Secretary
to H.M.The Queen between 1999-2007 and delegates of the DSF discuss the
relevance of her role today.
|18 Oct. 2012
||House of Lords Reception:
Rt. Hon. Lord Risby, the DSF and H.E. Mr. Amar Abba, the Algerian
Ambassador celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Independence of
|23rd Oct. 2012
One Year On From The
Founding of South Sudan: What progress?
dominates relations between the Republic of Sudan and South Suden, so
has any progress been made at all?
Bellingham, MP, Under Secretary of State at the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office provides the keynote speech; and he is joined by
H.E. Chol Ajongo, the Ambassador of South Sudan and Dr. Hakee, N'Moi.
|7th Nov. 2012
||The Trident Delight
The DSF discusses Russian delight at Alex Salmond's Commitment to
banish Trident from Scottish Waters.
Rt. Hon. Lord Robertson of Port Ellen, former Secretary General NATO
will respond vigorously – taking a broad view of NATO at the same
|13th Nov. 2012
the Modern Army
A look at why the
‘Espirit de Corps' of the regiment matters: A view of the Black
Major General James
Cowan, DSO, OBE
Head of Counter
Terrorism and UK Operations, formerly of the Black Watch offers his
|5th Dec. 2012
Lanka Today: Rebuilding After Protracted Terrorist Conflict and the
The economic miracle
is under way at nearly 8% GDP growth.
Speaker: H.E. the
Higher Commissioner for Sir Lanka, Dr. Chris Nonis.
the Code of History'
Cobbold CB to moderate a Round Table seminar
dinner based on David Murrin’s new book, ‘Breaking
of History’. A fresh perspective on the dynamics of the past
have propelled the world into conflicts. More...
Breaking the Code of History
Apollo Analysis Limited ISBN:
the freedom of a
Suzanne (Sue) Williams,
Queen’s Police Medal,
head of the Hostage Crisis Negotiation Unit, Scotland Yard has had a
distinguished career working on some high profile cases such as
Margaret Hassan and Kenneth Bigley, executed in Iraq. But there have
Rt. Hon Lord Howell of Guildford, Minister of State, Foreign and
Commonwealth Office. The Coalition Government is facing inprecedented
foreign policy challenges be it today like the Ivory Coast. Should the
UK send some troops there?
...about the Al Qaeda movement. Brigadier
Rashid Ali Malik, President
and CEO, Security 2000, has unrivalled knowledge and understanding of
the dynamics of the Al Qaeda movement, which is now found in over 40
countries from Asia to Africa.
||Syria: The Focal Point
H.E. Dr Sami Khiyami, Ambassador for the Republic of Syria. Syria is
becoming a focal point for the Middle East peace process. Diplomatic
thaw continues with Turkey, Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah
Damascus in 2010. President Obama is sending an Ambassador to Damascus.
Mr Unal Cevikoz,
Introduction by: Mr Mehmet Ogutcu, marketing director, BG.
Turkey has made astonishing progress. Soaring economy; pole position
strategically between East and West, good relations with neighbours;
independent, has stood up to Israel; has relations with the Taliban;
Muslim but functions as a secular democracy – regarded as an
example to Arab neighbours.
Britain’s role in the world; where do we stand with the Arab
Hon. Lord Howell
of Guildford, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office asks: Is
this now time to
review British foreign policy and priorities in the light of Middle
East changes? How does Britain now relate to the
super-powers, how do we maximise our influence with a seat on the UN
‘Racing Ace, The
Fights Flights of Samuel Kinkead, DSO, DSC*, DFC’
Julian Lewis, MP
– former Shadow Defence Minister and now
member of the Parliamentary Intelligence and Security Committee, and
author, talks about the life of fighter pilot Samuel 'Kink' Kinkead.
of Lords, DSF
Reception With the Algerian British Business Council.
by Rt. Hon.
Lord Waverley and the guest of Honour
is H.E, the
Algerian Ambassador, M. Amar Abba.
country in the African continent has experienced significant growth at
a rate in a country with strong oil and gas export revenues. With
strong reserves and a Government spending programme of US$286bn over
the next three years largely focused on infrastructure projects...
of South Sudan – The Birth of a Nation
top line-up of
speakers talks about The Republic of South Sudan, which becomes becomes
a Sovereign nation on 7th July 2011; one that is emerging after years
of war. However, it is also a country with huge oil and
wealth; (80% of the former state’s oil lies in the south)...
GHANDI: An Extraordinary Life, an Indian Destiny.'
by RANI SINGH. Italian-born Sonia’s marriage to Rajiv Ghandi,
was assassinated while Prime Minister in 1991, eventually lead her to
be seen as one of the most powerful politicians in India in her role as
leader of the Congress Party.
House of Lords' Dinner to Mark the 50th Anniversary of the Independence
will take part in this celebration of Kuwait’s independence;
20th Anniversary of the Liberation of Kuwait from Iraq, and the 5th
Anniversary of the Emir Sheikh Sabah becoming ruler.
Sponsored by Lord Lamont
Guest of Honour:
The Kuwaiti Prime
Minister and Foreign Minister, H.E. Dr. Mohammed Al Sabah.
sports charity, Wheelpower.
||General Sir David
Richards, GCB, CBE, DSO,
Chief of Defence Staff, Ministry of Defence
known as a
trouble shooter and plain speaking. Told MPs that he fears
Taliban will exploit the power vacuum in Afghanistan after the West
leaves. As he said, ’war is a bummer. Politics and the enemy
Kabul: the Inside Story
of the West’s Afghanistan Campaign’
SIR SHERARD COWPER-COLES, KCVO, LVO, author of ‘Cables from
Inside Story of the West’s Afghanistan Campaign’.
ambassador in Afghanistan (2007-2010) and later Her
Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan, Sir Sherard was a lone voice as an
outspoken critic of western policy.
more.‘Cables from Kabul: the Inside Story of the
IN THE NIGER DELTA’.
Amachree, Country Security Manager, Addax Petroleum
of oil from pipelines in the Niger Delta has cost the country over
$1.5b a year.
welcome to Chief Ajmal Khan Zazai.
The DSF gave a very warm welcome in late February to the
increasingly influential and very charming Chief
Ajmal Khan Zazai, Tribal Chief in SE Aghanistan.
||DR LIAM FOX, MP, SHADOW
SECRETARY OF STATE
FOR DEFENCE, will outline a
Conservative Government agenda for
the security of Britain.
SYEDA ABIDA HUSSAIN, LEADING PAKISTANI POLITICIAN.
minister, and Pakistan's former Ambassador to the USA talks about how
the country is coping with the insurgency and militancy.
||SIR JOHN SCARLETT, KCMG,
General, British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) between 2004-2009
gives his personal view about 'International Terrorism - and the
||Rt. Hon. LORD LAWSON OF
former Chancellor of the Exchequer. 'The Politics of Climate Change
of the controversial book, 'An Appeal to Reason: A Cool Look at Global
Warming,' has dared to question the stifling orthodoxy on climate
GUINEA. A CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC FAMOUS FOR THE SIMON MANN FAILED
COUP TO SEIZE ITS OIL BILLIONS.
is the real
story of this fascinating and enormously wealthy country –
3rd largest oil producer in Africa? Oil started flowing 10 years ago,
and today has made a startling impact on its development.
PROCUREMENT – LEAKED MOD REPORT BY FORMER DEFENCE ADVISER
GRAY DAMNS ‘INCOMPETENT’ EQUIPMENT PROGRAMME
operation in Afghanistan is being compromised by an
‘incompetent’ Ministry of Defence equipment
DO WE NEED IT?
DSF invites some
eminent speak to debate whether Britain still
Major Patrick Cordingley; General Lord
and Dr. Nick Ritchie.
After the sinking of a South Korean naval ship, which killed
46 seamen, relations with North Korea are very volatile. The
DSF asks, "What is the way forward?"
Keynote Guest speaker: South Korea's Ambassador to the UK;
H.E,. CHOO KYU HO.
DOES ISRAEL COME IN
FROM THE COLD?
isolation deepens. Nine dead when Israel stormed aid
ship to Gaza. Turkey abandons its ally. Relations with the US
have chilled. Thousands died in Gaza and Lebanon wars.
House Of Lords
Dinner Sponsored By Rt. Hon. Lord Lamont Of
Aid Of Combat
||‘WE SHOULD OPEN
TALKS WITH THE TALIBAN’,
says General Sir David Richards, KCB, CBE, DSO, CHIEF OF DEFENCE STAFF
as a seat-of-the-pants soldier he is one of the
military figures having served in Afghanistan, Sierre Leone, East
Timor, Far East. Germany and Northern Ireland.
former editor of the South China Morning Post returns from roaming
China to give the DSF an update.
a pawn in the new ‘great game’
Beirut based Alastair Crooke, OBE, director of Conflicts Resolution is
the renowned expert on the Hamas and Hezbellah
on the Israeli/Gaza war. Mr Crooke will give his analysis on
the full scale invasion of the Gaza by the Israelis based on a close
understanding and knowledge of all participants.
Barack Obama – A close up view
close up view on
his new world order. American-born Dr Philippa
former senior adviser to President Bush and now linked into the new
Administration, and a regular broadcaster will give a
of what to expect in a re-born United States with a new agenda for all.
Is the NATO Mission doomed?
we stay; stem
the tide of Taleban influence which in turn affects security back home
- or pack up and go?
to find out more.
Bomb Disposal Expert Awarded George Cross -
Major Peter Norton.
Anger of the Dispossessed’
Phillips, Co-Author of 'Algeria, Anger
of the Dispossessed' talks to the DSF about President Bouteflika's
re-election for the third term. What lies ahead for Algeria faced with
the continuing menace from the Al Quaeda in Maghreb group...?
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Breaking the nuclear deadlock’
former UK ambassador to Iran, 2002-2006, presents his paper for Chatham
to find out more.
the veil on the real China'.
Browne, Head of
Standard Chartered Bank, China, lifts the veil.
to find out more.
||Robert Lacey speaks about
‘INSIDE THE KINGDOM’
– Kings, Clerics,
Modernists, Terrorists and the Struggle for Saudi Arabia.
find out more.
||THE YEAR OF THE PIRATE.
strike 150 times in six months. £20m paid in ransoms
to find out more.
||LT. GENERAL JONATHON
RILEY, CB, DSO, PhD, MA.
The former Deputy ISAF commander in Afghanistan answers the
question: Which way forward for the Armed Forces?
to find out more.
||ANNUAL HOUSE OF LORDS
Special Boat Service 65th Anniversary Appeal – Special Forces
unit of the UK Armed Forces.
|Diary Dates 2008
– The Scramble of Poverty
Razi Khan, Head of Economics for Africa, Standard Chartered Bank.
UN Economic Commission reports that Africa will sustain an economic
growth rate of 6.2% in 2008 despite an anticipated global slowdown.
“The impressive robust growth is attributed largely to
domestic demand, booming mining, oil and gas
Emma Shaw, Managing Director of Esoteri, is a specialist in corporate
espionage. In 1991 the FBI and the US Chamber of Commerce admitted to
losing about $2bn a month to corporate espionage. A cheap and simple
bugging device can devastate a business. Is any business
Be Proud To Be a Muslim and Proud to Be British?’
How do you make a
distinction between Islam, the religion versus the
culture, politics and history which have dominated Islam over the
Speakers: Rt. Hon.
Lord Ahmed of Rotherham;
Rt. Hon. Baronness;
Warsi – Shadow Minister For Community
|| Kenya On Fire:
Stability And Democracy Has Collapsed
Over 700; 260,000
Displaced , a developing Economy
is There Hope –
Or Is It a Basket Case?
Sir Edward Clay, UK
High Commissioner for Kenya until 2005 took a bold
stand by exposing corruption; bringing angry response from the Kenyan
government. He made headlines for lambasting Kenya’s failure
tackle graft. Today he maintains a close understanding of a troubled
country and is a frequent commentator of Kenya for which he has a real
|2nd June 2008
Kind Of Government
Can We Expect From
Morgan Tsvangirai, Kenya's Opposition Leader?
He is expected to
finally take over from President Mugabe after the
run-off elections. Mr Tsvangirai will set out his economic plans for
rebuilding Zimbabwe and opportunities for foreign investment.
of Danger: ‘Flabby And Bogus Strategic Thinking’
Marquis Of Salisbury and Professor Gwyn Prins talk about
Strategic Thinking’ and argue that it is a fundamental source of
danger to the security of the UK.”
||Dubai – The Leading Gulf Financial Centre – Has It Reached Its Limit?
Hamed Al Alban
– Director, Triple E Invesments, Kuwait
Majd Shurafiq, former
Director, Rasmalla Investments, Dubai.
Olympic Games Have
Brought A New Focus
On A Rapidly Expanding Economy. Is This A Country You Can Really Do
Levene Of Portsoken, KBE, the former Lord Mayor of London, now
member of Board of China Construction Ban, whose travels over many
years have taken him to China, will talk through the changes in China
and how outsiders can understand their business culture and profit from
it. Lord Levene, also chairman of Lloyds of London
extensive exposure of this vibrant economy.
Anniversary Dinner of
Defence/Defence And Security Forum, House Of Lords
In 1983 Lady Olga
Maitland launched the challenge to CND and the
anti-nuclear protest movement. Her Vice chairmen were Baroness
Bottomley, Dame Angela Rumbold, Ann Widdicombe, MP and Rosemary Brown.
The result of their endeavours shocked the CND and played a key role at
grass roots in winning the argument over multi-lateral nuclear
Wealth Funds – Are
They a Blessing Or A Threat To Security?”
Sir Gavyn Arthur, Former
Lord Mayor Of London, Chairman of the Arab Finanical
who has travelled
widely and frequently on behalf of the City of London
has had ample opportunity to make a careful study of a financial sector
worth altogether an estimated £1.5 trillion ($3trillion)...
The Wind of Change
Ambassador, Dr Sami Khiyami: Dynamics in the Middle East
are on the move. A peace initiative is under way with Israel over the
Golan Heights. Is there a power shift in the Middle East? Is
Syria moving to a new position and coming out of the cold.. What are
its relations today with Iran; the Lebanese Hezbollah and the
spokesman in the House of Lords on Zimbabwe, and James
Maberly, born in Zimbabwe with family and business links there, is a
respected analyst of the local landscape. His regular reports
have given a vivid insight into a troubled country with stoical and
courageous people faced with a brutal tyrannical regime.
Speakers: Rt. Hon
Lord Blaker and James Maberly.
Real Truth About Multi-national Forces Working Together
General Sir John
Kiszely, formerly deputy commanding general of
Multi-national force in Iraq during 2004-2005 speaks about
problems of decision making, integration, interoperability, sharing
information and unity of purpose are exposed...
HOUSE OF LORDS DINNER
include : Capt. Peter Norton, George Cross.
for an ‘Act of the most conspicuous courage in extreme danger
Martin Evans, co-author of
the highly accalaimed, ‘Algeria, the anger of the
dispossessed’, speaks about a lucid and gripping account of
Algeria’s recent and very bloody history tracing the years
independence how high hopes turned into bitter frustration at the
failure of governments to tackle social problems and economic
|8th Feb. 2007
|An evening with Juliet Barker, Award Winning Author of “Agincourt, The King, The Campaign, The Battle.”
Henry V and his ‘band of brothers’ defeated the assembled might of the
French in 1415, a triumph of the underdog in the face of overwhelming
odds. Sunday Telegraph,’history at its best”. Economist:”..wonderfully
vivid, clear and involving. She never forgets that a military campaign
is made of up human beings. All the terror, dust and dirt of war is
|28th Feb. 2007
|Oil and Gas: Powering Qatar’s Economic Boom
gas and oil is powering Qatar’s economic boom both in energy elbowing
aside its neighbours and in a diversified economy with tax holidays of
up to 12 years. The independently minded country, host to Al
Jazeera, has made a name for itself as the frontier of the global
economy challenging Dubai and Abu Dhabi with huge opportunities
|8th March 2007
|What Chance For Peace In The Middle East? What Is The Pathway Out Of Conflict?
key players in the region, Syria, Iran, Iraq, for the first time come
together to discuss the future. The speakers are as follows:
SYRIA: H.E. The Syrian Ambassador, Dr. Sami Khiyami
IRAQ: H.E. The Iraqi Ambassador Dr. Salah Al Shaikhly
Dr. Salman Safavi, Director Islamic Institute For Strategic Studies,
Brother Of C In C Revolution Guards, Iran, Yahya Rahim Safavi
TURKEY: H.E. The Turkish Ambassador
MODERATOR, RT HON. Lord Lamont
|29th March 2007
|The French Presidential Elections: Will It Be Nicolas Sarcozy Of The Right Or Segolene Royale, The Darling Of The Left?
elections will be an important change for the French political world.
Jacques Chirac is the last of the ’old generation’ to be in power. The
next President will be of the new generation.
The result may
be the first ever Lady President. Will Socialist ‘Sego’ be good for
France – or will Interior minister Sarcozy seize the mantle after all?
Speaker: Monsieur Louis-Lyonel Voiron, Senior Policy Adviser To Nicolas Sarcozy.
|9th May 2007
|The US Military Options For A Major Conventional War On Iran
Dr Dan Plesch, Research Associate SOAS, speaks about the US military
options for a major conventional war on Iran. The US army, navy,
airforce and marines have all prepared battle plans and spent four
years building bases and training for ‘Operation Iranian
Freedom’. Will they act especially in the light of rising
tensions and the current holding of British hostages? Dr Plesch has
made an in depth study with some disturbing conclusions.
|6th June 2007
|To Mark The Tenth Anniversary of The Handing Over of Hong-Kong To CHINA.
successful outcome and new opportunities to trade in buoyant HongKong
and China. A top level briefing with some exciting names.
|20th June 2007
|An Evening With General Sir Richard Dannatt, KCB, CBE, MC - Chief of the Army Staff
outspoken General Dannatt has shaken up the establishment with the
comment on returning from Afghanistan:”Is £1,150 take-home pay for a
month’s fighting in Helmand province sufficient?” Since then he has
campaigned for better military care for the wounded; questioned
validity of our presence in Iraq. “Honesty is what it is about. The
truth will out. We have got to speak the truth. Leaking and spinning at
the end of the day are not helpful.” The honest soldier has
frightened the life out of the politicians.
|10th July 2007
|Falklands 25th Anniversary Dinner In Association With The Army Benevolent Fund
RT. HON BARONESS THATCHER, LG, OM, FRS has been invited.Download further details here.
|13th Sept. 2007
|Is China Driving World Demand for Oil?
LEO DROLLAS, Deputy Director, Centre for Global Energy Studies, founded
by Sheikh Yamani, former Saudi Oil minister. Issues today range from
the Middle Eastern gas, India as a source for oil, how much oil and gas
does Saudi Arabia have, prospects in West Africa and Algeria,
Iran, an oil producer in trouble; China driving world demand?…
|3rd Oct. 2007
|A Farewell to Benazir Bhutto On Departure For Pakistan
8 years in exile, the way has been cleared for Miss Bhutto, twice Prime
Minister of Pakistan now leader of the Pakistan People’s Party,
to return home. She will stand in the forthcoming elections where she
currently leads in the polls. Among her demands Ms Bhutto has
called for free and fair elections and that President Musharraf
can only stand if he sheds his military uniform.
Miss Bhutto will be introduced by RT. HON. Lord Ahmed Of Rotherham.
|24th Oct. 2007
|A frank and honest analysis on the way ahead for Iraq
Dr. Salah Al Shaikhly, Iraqi Ambassador, Valedictory Address on
departure from office after three years. A frank and honest analysis on
the way ahead for Iraq, politically and economically. When will the oil
flow freely? As the brutal violence ploughs on how and when will
stability be achieved? When should foreign troops leave? What are the
chances of halting interference from neighbouring Iran and Syria?
Is Iraq entering a new and dangerous phase … Can the Shiite leadership
accommodate the Sunnis? Can the Kurds continue to hold power balance?
|13th Nov. 2007
the challenging candidates be Clinton v Giuliani or we will see a major
upset? Will Barack Obama or Fred Thompson throw up some surprises?
Feltman, Washington’s leading lobbyist, past President of
International Association of Political Consultants – takes a
behind-the-scenes look at the forthcoming Presidential Elections.He
will also give a frank assessment of the political dynamics which will
shape up the world’s future.
|4th Dec. 2007
|Algeria – the hidden success story
major energy producer, the first in Africa, Sonatrach is the 12th oil
and gas company in the world. A land which lies at the crossroads to
Africa, with political stability under President Bouteflika’s
leadership. Top government speaker to be confirmed.
|11th Dec. 2007
|Why has President Putin has turned his back on the West?
why he is developing a Cold War strategy, be it militarily,
politically, or using energy as a weapon. How should the West respond?
Where will it end? Dr Ekaterina Egorova, Moscow’s Leading Political
Consultant will explain. She will talk about "How Russia Sees The West
– And Why: The New Cold War Unravelled."