Category Archives: Home Static Content

Seminar 22 May 2017: Brexit and its impact on Asia & the Commonwealth

Lord Bruce, President of The Democracy Forum, 

Invites you to a seminar entitled

‘Brexit and its impact on Asia & the Commonwealth’


Monday 22 May, from 15:00–17:30 UTC+01



Humphrey Hawksley, Former BBC Beijing Bureau Chief, author & columnist for Nikkei Asian Review



Lord Desai, Economist & Labour politician

Linda Yueh, Broadcaster, author and economist

Richard Burge, Executive Director, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council

John Elliott Journalist & author



Senate Room, Senate House

Malet St

London WC1E 7HU


Please join us for post-seminar drinks and nibbles in the Jessel Room from 17:30 

Nearest tube stations: Russell Square, Goodge St, Warren St



Tel: 020-7409-5113

‘The many are more incorruptible than the few;

they are like the greater quantity of water which is less easily corrupted than a little.’

Aristotle, Politics


Pak ISI behind cross-border terrorism in India and Afghanistan – Experts

New Delhi: Why should not the international community take action against Pakistan for allowing the use of their territory for sponsoring and training terrorist who operate across the border in Afghanistan and India? Shouldn’t the US stop all military aid to Pakistan for its role in backing Islamic terrorists of different hues?
These and many other issues were the topic of discussion at a London-New Delhi video news conference held here today. Security exports and journalists, who were a part of a seminar on the issue held at London yesterday, addressed the media. The theme was: Is Pakistan a victim or perpetrators of terrorism?
Dr C Christiane Fair, associate professor, Georgetown University, said that Pakistan’s ISI is behind the Islamic terrorist groups operating in Pakistan and sanctions should be imposed on the country for being involved in cross-border terrorism.
Kailash Budhwar, a senior journalist based in London, maintained that the creation of Pakistan was the saddest happening of the last century and the tragedies continue to this day with Pakistani backing for Islamic terrorists.
Dr Aqil Shah, Assistant Professor of South Asian Studies, University of Oklahoma, said that Pakistan military and the establishment think that they can get away with anything and there would be no action against them. The US and other countries should make it clear that their supports for terrorists will not be tolerated.
Dr Fair was particularly critical about the military aid being given to Pakistan comparing it to a blank cheque which is counter productive.
Journalist Loveenna Tandon, who is based in London, said that there was a heated debate at the seminar on the issue and it was generally felt that Pakistan should give assurance that it will not support terrorists or be prepared to face interaction orchestration.
The seminar in London and the news video conference in New Delhi were organized by The Democracy Forum.


Our latest  Seminar, entitled ‘Is Pakistan a victim or perpetrator of terrorism?’, to be co-hosted by The Democracy Forum and The Henry Jackson Society.

The seminar will be chaired by Dr William Crawley from the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, and speakers will include Dr C Christine Fair of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Kyle Orton from the HJS, and Dr Aqil Shah, Wick Cary Assistant Professor of South Asian Politics at the University of Oklahoma.

The event will take place on Thursday 15 September from 4-7 pm in the Senate Room, Senate House, Malet St, London WC1E 7HU.

Welcome to The Democracy Forum

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.