Welcome to The Democracy Forum

The Democracy Forum was jointly founded in 2009 by Baroness Emma Nicholson and Mr Ajit Sat-Bhambra.

The organisation works to promote democracy, peace and the rule of law, in order to eliminate religious fundamentalism and terrorism from our global communities. We have also developed relationships and dialogue with think-tanks, academic institutions, the media and the general public in Europe, Asia and the US, with a view to encouraging open political debate on these issues, and have fostered a meaningful and mutually beneficial relationship between members of the Diaspora, exploring their contribution to the democracy debate.

To these ends, the Forum hosts several annual seminars and discussion groups on issues pertaining to peace, democracy and composite culture, in venues including the Houses of Parliament, Cambridge University, the LSE, Chatham House and The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai. These seminars have generated ongoing debate, and their impact has been widespread.


  • Is Pakistan a Victim or Perpetrator of Terrorism?
    September 19, 2016
    The Democracy Forum and The Henry Jackson Society hosted a seminar at University of London’s Senate House on September 15 which asked the question “Is Pakistan a Victim or Perpetrator of Terrorism”? The event was widely attended by academics, researchers, politicians and policy makers. Dr William Crawley of the Institute of Commonwealth Studies chaired the

TDF Activities

  • TDF lunch in honour of new Indian High Commissioner
    April 19, 2016
    The House of Lords was the prestigious setting for a lunch hosted by The Democracy Forum in honour of the new Indian High Commissioner, H.E. Mr Navtej Sarna, on Tuesday April 26. H.E. Mr Navtej Sarna, Indian High Commissioner, addresses the assembled guests Warm spring sunshine allowed the select group of guests to assemble on

Current Newsletter

  • Vietnam Communist Party elects new leader
    February 24, 2016
    Vietnam’s ruling Communist Party re-elected Nguyen Phu Trong for a second term as party chief on January 27, unnamed officials have said. Trong, 71, was elected to the country’s 19-member Politburo, receiving a second exemption from mandatory retirement, and was subsequently chosen as general-secretary, effectively the most powerful position in Vietnam. Earlier the same week,
  • Afghanistan & Pakistan: Strength in unity
    A new wave of terrorism has hit Pakistan just as people were beginning to relax due to the improved security situation. The latest terrorist strike on January 20 targeted the Bacha Khan University, named after the revered freedom fighter Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan, who was a practitioner of non-violence and was affectionately called Bacha Khan
  • ‘CPEC: could it be a strategic game-changer for the region?’
      University of London’s Senate House was the setting for The Democracy Forum’s January 20 2016 seminar, at which speakers addressed the central question: ‘Could the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor be a strategic game-changer for the region?’ TDF Chairman Sir Peter Luff presided over the event, and on the panel were Professor Lawrence Saez from SOAS;
  • Pakistan radical cleric building a militia in Islamabad
    February 23, 2015
    maulana Abdul Aziz, the Red Mosque cleric and one of Pakistan’s most dangerous men, said at a news conference in Islamabad on February 6 that if the country does not implement Islamic law, he and his followers ‘will solve it’.
  • Is terrorism an existential threat?
    In a recent interview, CNN’s Fareed Zakaria asked US President Barak Obama to respond to charges that he is downplaying the threat of terrorism to the United States. Obama responded by saying that he believes the threat of terrorism must be kept in the proper perspective and that it is important not to overinflate the