Guest Speakers: Baroness Eliza Manningham-Buller
Mr Amil Khan
Tuesday 1st December
Meeting: 6.30p.m. for 7.00p.m.
Short talks from both speakers. Cocktail afterwards until 9.00p.m.
Committee Room G, House of Lords, London SW1A 0PW
(Nearest tube: Westminster)
Tickets: £40.00. FBS Members only
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Lady Manningham-Buller was educated at Northampton High School and Benenden School, and read English at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. She worked for three years as a teacher before joining the Security Service in 1974.
The main focus of her work was counter-terrorism, both international and domestic. She led the section responsible for international counter-terrorism at a time when its work was dominated by the Lockerbie investigation. She was later posted to Washington as a senior liaison officer to the US intelligence community. Her posting coincided with the first Gulf War. On her return to the UK in 1992, Eliza led a newly created Irish counter-terrorist section. This was formed in response to the Government's decision to make the Security Service in charge of intelligence work against Irish terrorism on the British mainland.
Eliza was promoted to the Security Service's Management Board in 1993. She served as the Director in charge of the Service's surveillance and technical operations. She was later appointed Director of Irish counter-terrorism. In 1997, she was appointed Deputy Director General. She had day-to-day responsibility for oversight of the Service's operational work and its liaison with other law enforcement and intelligence agencies.
Eliza was appointed Director General in October 2002 and retired in April 2007. She was appointed Dame Commander of the Order of the Bath (DCB) in HM The Queen's 2005 Birthday Honours. HM The Queen appointed her a Lady of the Garter in 2014.
Lady Manningham-Buller will give us her thoughts on the Franco-British relationship today.
Amil Khan works for InCoStrat, a leading communications and media consultancy, based in the MENA region, and has spent 15 years studying, investigating and countering extremist organizations and their communications efforts. As Reuters correspondent, he reported on politics, economics and conflict from around the region. He then worked for the BBC, investigating extremist organisations and insurgent groups in the UK, Sudan, Iraq, Egypt and Mali. After leaving journalism, he has worked primarily for the British government as an advisor and consultant in Asia and the Middle East. Since 2013, Amil has been primarily focused on Syria, providing political and media support to opposition political and military groups fighting the regime and extremist organisations, including ISIL and Al Qaeda.
With a background in Arabic and Persian, Amil speaks three regional languages and has written a book on the history of extremist ideology. Most recently, he wrote a paper for the United States Institute of Peace on the narratives of extremism in Pakistan. He continues to write – mostly on extremism and political development in the Middle East – for Politico and Foreign Policy, amongst other publications.
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