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Defence Red Box - Wednesday 18th December 2017

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The Tim Garden Archive

From the time he left the Royal Air Force until his death in 2007, Tim Garden was a prolific writer on defence and security policy issues. He created a website of archives and tools for his own use. He was an original individual member of the Forum from 1996 and on entering the House of Lords agreed to become a Patron of the U K Defence Forum.

With the active encouragement of Sue, Baroness Garden of Frognal, who is also one of our Patrons, we have transferred all his published materials to our server and included it within the interrogateable capability. 

In his memory we have also instituted the Tim Garden Essay Competition and named our most distinguished past contributors as Tim Garden Fellows.

The winner of the 2010 Tim Garden Essay Competition was Rikke Haugegaard. You can find her winning entry on the role of Afghan women in counter-insurgency HERE

The winner of the 2011 Tim Garden Essay Competition was Bjoern Seibert . You can find his winning entry on changing co-operation relationships HERE

The 2012 Tim Garden Essay Competition is now open. Entries of no more than 1500 words and at post graduate standard should be emailed as a Word document to by 31st August 2012. The only identifier should be a mobile phone number, and your entry should be accompanied by a covering email of up to 200 words about you, including your mobile number. The winning entry will receive a cash prize of £500, and short-listed entries will be published on Defence Viewpoints

This year's title : What is no longer unthinkable

The small print :

This competition is open to all post graduate students in defence, security and international relations or similar, writing in English. The closing date is 31st August 2012. Essays of around 1500 words should be submitted to by then.

Prize : The winner will be awarded £500 and the title of Tim Garden Student 2012; will be invited to lunch with the judges in the House of Lords; and the essay will be published and permanently archived on the UK Defence Forum website ( The runner-up (Highly Commended) will receive £200, and short-listed entries will be so informed.

All runner-up essays considered to be of suitable quality will be submitted for publication under their author’s name in Defence Viewpoints ( the Editor’s decision being final in such respects.

Credit will be given for originality of thought, structure of argument and clarity of expression. Extensive referencing is neither expected nor desirable, and may be penalised. Entrants may wish to refer to previous shortlisted entries published in Defence Viewpoints.  

The judging panel will include Baroness Garden of Frognal (U K Defence Forum Patron); Lord Moonie (former Defence Minister and UK Defence Forum Patron); Andrew Brookes (Director, The Air League); Professor Matt Uttley of the Royal College of Defence Studies; Lt General David Leakey and the Director General of the U K Defence Forum.

The essay should be marked with mobile phone number on every page but no other identifiers as to the author. Entries should be accompanied by a covering email describing the author not exceeding 200 words (potentially for publication) including mobile phone number and other contact details.