The Security Professionals Annual Lecture

Thursday 17th March 2016

This year the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals held their annual lecture at the RAF Club in Piccadilly, a welcome change from the City and a very sumptuous venue. At the top of the grand staircase the walls of the upper corridor are covered with pictures of RAF Squadron coats of arms and elsewhere every wall has a fascinating collection of pictures of various RAF scenes and aircraft. The club is housed in one of the grand buildings in Piccadilly given to them in 1922. The Title of the lecture "How Geopolitics Is Redefining The National and Transnational Security and Economic Environment" sounds a little dry but it was in fact absorbing and very revealing. It was also an incredible tour de force by the lecturer Hagai Segal a United Nations Alliance of Civilizations expert, academic and frequent speaker on the politics of the middle east who spoke entertainingly for 45 minutes without notes. We struggle to understand the complex politics of this region and the tragic consequences of terrorism in our own countries and Hagai Segal succeeded in shedding considerable light on these difficult issues. Many thanks to the Security Professionals for arranging and hosting the evening.