Chris Donnelly

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(soldier, spook, deep politician?, deep state actor?)
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Born10 November 1946
Rochdale, UK
Alma materManchester University
Founder ofInstitute for Statecraft, Integrity Initiative
Member ofConflict Studies Research Centre, EXPOSE Network, Institute for Statecraft/Tor team, Integrity Initiative, UK/Council on Foreign Relations
Victim ofparanoia?
A UK Deep state operative who set up the Institute for Statecraft

[[|x22px|link=Director of the Institute for Statecraft]] Director of the Institute for Statecraft

In office
2010 - Present

[[|x22px|link=Private Adviser to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania]] Private Adviser to Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania

In office
2015 - 2017

Employment.png Soviet Adviser

In office
1983 - 1989
Member of PM Thatcher's Soviet advisory team

[[|x22px|link=Senior Lecturer]] Senior Lecturer

In office
1973 - 1979
EmployerSoviet Studies Research Centre

[[|x22px|link=Lecturer]] Lecturer

In office
1969 - 1973

Christopher Nigel Donnelly is the co-director of The Institute for Statecraft and founder of its offshoot Integrity Initiative.[1] The Moon Of Alamaba said that "Donnelly seems to be obsessed with the 'Russian threat' and is determined to fight it by all means."[2]


"Donnelly was at one time adviser to Margaret Thatcher. From 1989-2003, he was a Special Adviser for central and eastern Europe to the secretary general of NATO. In fact, he served four secretaries general, including Lord Robertson."[3]


Skripal Affair

Full article: Skripal Affair

Chris Donnelly told @BBCJLandale at #TMSRussia that the poisoning of Sergei Skripal was an "act of war".[4]


Donnelly was exposed in 2018 when internal documents of the Integrity Initiative were published online. These included a PDF of his passport and his CV. In his role as director of The Institute for Statecraft, he stated that:

“It is essential for a PM to recognise that, whatever they might claim, governmental institutions which have failed over the past decade to foresee, identify and deal with emerging crises and maintain national sovereignty, are today totally incapable of providing a solution to the crisis which is now upon the country.”
Chris Donnelly (10 May 2018)  [5]


A 7 minute long video of Donnelly in a kitchen was posted on YouTube. In it he suggests that the hack occurred because the group was effective at countering Russian disinformation.


Documents by Chris Donnelly

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:Background to the Simulation Seminarsreport28 February 2018Center for the Study of New Generation Warfare
Document:China’s Strategy towards Europe: Implications and Policy Recommendations for EU Securityanalysis, policy recommendations26 December 2018
Document:Chris Donnelly CV ShortCV13 December 2018Chris Donnelly short CV
Document:Chris Donnelly Paris Brussels May 2016 v2report13 December 2018Chris Donnelly talks to his French II connections. "They think our main target needs to be the parts of the political class and the security structures 'where the rot is'"... "As an independent NGO we can do things they can’t do and national governments can’t do"
Document:Chris Donnelly proposal to FCOdocument24 May 2018Balkans
Eastern Europe
Edelmann Intelligence
Market research
The local partner then needs to do or commission an assessment of the agents or promoters of corruption and influence, eg key businessmen or politicians, as well as opposition politicians and clean businessmen, journalists etc who can be allies. These we bring out on trips to London, HQ NATO etc.
Document:Discernment: Why information statecraft mattersstrategy document26 December 2018musings on how to keep media dominance, control the young
Document:Draft agenda for the conference Tackling Tools of Malign Influenceconference planTackling Tools of Malign Influence
Document:Establishing a modern perspective - Nation-State vs Network Statearticle26 February 2016Perpetual war
Cold War II
"The...requirement is for the organisation to be able to get its message across, to ensure that the Government and the people understand that they are actually engaged in one (or more) instability, like it or not." Chris Donnelly believes “we are at war, but with peacetime attitudes."
Document:II Twitter performance January 2018success analysis14 March 2017Integrity InitiativeOur total number of Twitter followers was 328 as of 18th January.
Document:Institute for Statecraft project on Russian influence - Impact as at 19 04 2016report19 April 2016A list of stories II has planted in media per April 2016, some openly, some secretly, like "Trolls on the Kremlin Payroll"; plus a number of youtube lectures with a lacklustre number of unique views.
Document:Invoice to MoD for Ukrainian Visitsuccess analysis22 November 2017Ukraine
Integrity Initiative
Vidmantas Eitutis
Land Intelligence Fusion Centre
Invoice from Institute of Statecraft to the Ministry of Defence for Ukrainian visit to London
Document:Military measuresreport3 January 2014A list of suggested military measures to Ukraine in 2014, including "Mine Sevastopol harbour/bay"
Document:Monthly Accountsaccounts22 November 2017Integrity InitiativeThe Monthly Accounts for the Integrity Initiative, somewhat in the startup phase
Document:Notes from David Leask meeting 27 March 2018strategy document27 March 2018Russia Today
Scottish National Party
Integrity Initiative
Scotland Independence
Document:Pitch for a long-Form TV series about Russia in the 1990smedia strategy planning26 December 2018Pitch for creating a long-Form TV series about Russia in the 1990s
Document:Private List for Chris. (Possible Funders in Swittzerland)name list26 December 2018This is a list of cutouts, seemingly 'independent' 'philanthropic' foundations financing intelligence work
Document:Private discussion with Gen Sir Richard Barronsreport26 December 2018Former leader of British forces Richard Barrons telling of his worries for Britain and the British forces
Document:Sergei Skripal Affair: What if Russia is Responsible?strategy document11 March 2018Skripal AffairDonnelly creates an overarching narrative, and then makes a list of British punitive measures and a PR-campaign against Russia for the the Skripal Affair
Document:The Challenge of Brexit to the UKstrategy document2 January 2018Brexit
Integrity Initiative
"So, if we consider what qualities and characteristics we need in those whom we select for leadership today, in a period of rapid and profound change, in all sorts of institutions – government departments, big companies, the NHS - the conclusion is that we need to look for people who have abilities that suit a wartime environment"... Leadership understands that in a period of tumultuous change you cannot control, you have to command..."
Document:The Institute for Statecraft Expert Team v 3name list13 December 2018Integrity Initiative
Institute for Statecraft
biographies of core team members with lots of obscure but interesting former and present employers
Document:Think Piece: Current Russian Strategic Thinkingstrategic analysis19 January 2018War
Chris Donnelly gives his view on Current Russian Strategic Thinking


Quotes by Chris Donnelly

Integrity Initiative/Purposes“Moreover, the “war” mindset is being pumped into the Russian population. It is one of the great successes of Putin’s propaganda offensive”19 January 2018Integrity Initiative/Leak/5
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“We cannot deter this current attack, only fight it. It is a pre-condition which is the baseline of a conflict. Denial, i.e. pretending that it is not happening or denying its significance, is not a sensible response... A fundamental, universally-held Russian belief is that Russia can only be secure at the expense of their neighbours’ security. All the Russian leadership and military consider that other countries' security is secondary to, and must be subordinated to, Russia's.”19 January 2018Integrity Initiative/Leak/5
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“We cannot deter this hybrid war, it is upon us and we can only fight it.”19 January 2018Integrity Initiative/Leak/5
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“We go to war with Russia as a whole, not just with the Russian military. They have been developing everything as a weapon, Cyber, energy, money, investment, dirty tricks, disinformation and other sorts of malign influence.”19 January 2018Integrity Initiative/Leak/5
Integrity Initiative/PurposesHow might war be deterred?

Russia is not on a wartime ‘ready to launch’ setting, but they are developing and implementing

concepts of conflict very different from those being thought about in Western countries. We cannot deter this hybrid war, it is upon us and we can only fight it.”
19 January 2018Integrity Initiative/Leak/5
Integrity Initiative/Purposes“the crisis which is now upon the country.”10 May 2018Integrity Initiative/Leak
Permanent war mentality“But because this is not a shooting war like 1939-45, we in “Western” countries have not adopted the “wartime mentality” essential if we are to cope with the instability which drastic change inevitably brings. We are now trying to cope in a wartime situation but with a peacetime mentality, peacetime institutions and peacetime procedures shaped by the last 70 years of living in a stable, secure, rules-based environment.


The qualities we now need in our public servants

So, if we consider what qualities and characteristics we need in those whom we select for leadership today, in a period of rapid and profound change, in all sorts of institutions – government departments, big companies, the NHS - the conclusion is that we need to look for people who have abilities that suit a wartime environment rather than a peacetime one.”
2 February 2018Integrity Initiative/Leak/3#general pdf/Brexit FCO update 02 02 2018.pdf
Boris Tadić


Related Quotations

Integrity Initiative/SecrecyCode of Conduct (Greg to commence with internet etiquette)
Anonymity of the team remains paramount. As our activity increases we will, no doubt, attract unwanted attention.”
30 May 2018
Integrity Initiative/Secrecy“* Chris Donnelly makes initial country introduction with nominated trusted 'coordinator' & relevant II team member/s (normally 2 members minimum per country)
  • II team member/s coordinate foundation workshop to connect members, formally introduce them to II aims, establish target programme for
research, dissemination and events. Members to sign code of conduct & non-disclosure Greg Rowett to start code of conduct doc to include basic info on passwords and etiquette with social media etc – final ok should be sought from James Wilson. Debate and decide preferred methods of communication.”
30 May 2018


Event Participated in

Security and Defence Learning/20101 December 20101 December 2010Hotel InterContinental
A conference about training people for "defence" and "security" that featured at least 3 members of the Institute for Statecraft


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