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The registered HQ of the group, a semi-derilict abandoned mill in Fife, Scotland.
UK Column
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Formation23 November 2006
Founder• Christopher Nigel Donnelly
• Lesley Simm
HeadquartersGateside Mills, Fife, Scotland, London
LeaderChristopher Nigel Donnelly
SubgroupsIntegrity Initiative
Interestsstatecraft, “Russian Propaganda”
Interest ofKit Klarenberg, Rogue Media Labs, Chris Williamson, Working Group on Syria Propaganda and Media
Founder ofIntegrity Initiative
SubpageInstitute for Statecraft/Activities
Institute for Statecraft/Cover up
Institute for Statecraft/Director
Institute for Statecraft/Exposure
Institute for Statecraft/Tor team
Membership• Kevin Abraham
• Eduard Abrahamyan
• Jack Agazarian
• Kamal Alam
• Diane Allen
• Jamal Al-Tahat
• David Allfrey
• Jamal Al Tahat
• Josh Arnold-Foster
• James Austin
• Barrie Axford
• Anne Bader
• Qique Badia-Masoni
• Elaine Birch Ruffell
• William Bortrick
• Simon Bracey-Lane
• Robin Brims
• Ken Brower
• Audrius Butkevičius
• Samantha de Bendern
• Nicholas Chance
• Jonathan Chetwynd
• David Clark
• Sean Cronin
• Constance Cunningham
• Oleksandr Danylyuk
• Maria de Goeij
• Nicolas de Pedro
• Yusuf Desai
• Kingsley Donaldson
• Rob Dover
• Martin Dubbey
• Martin Edmonds
• Stewart Eldon
• Harold Elletson
• Dair Farrar-Hockley
• Perry Fawcett
• Maria Luisa Fichera
• Alex Finnen
• Anthony Fitzherbert
• Mark Galeotti
• Babak Ganji
• Francis Ghiles
• David Gilbertson
• Keir Giles
• Roger Golland
• David Gordon-Macleod
• Euan Grant
• Glen Grant
• Jim Greene
• Rafael Gude
• Tom Hardie-Forsyth
• Amalyah Hart
• Charles Hart
• Harry Hart
• Charlie Hatton
• Jon Hazel
• Chris Hernon
• Henry Hogger
• Henry Hornyold-Strickland
• Howard Inman
• Graham Jeal
• Harry Lawson Johnston
• Steve Johnson
• Phil Jolley
• Stephen Jolly
• Ren Kapur
• Dan Kaszeta
• Shima Keene
• Dmytro Kolomoiets
• Karel Kullamaa
• Daniel Lafayeedney
• Hector Lafayeedney
• Jean-Louis Lafayeedney
• Fatima Lahnait
• Julian Lindley-French
• Tom Lloyd
• Birgy Lorenz
• John Lough
• Jeff McCausland
• Rob McCusker
• Victor Madeira
• Jahan Mahmood
• Irene Martínez Fernández
• Peter Mason
• Phil Matthews
• Mungo Melvin
• Johanna Möhring
• Robert Murphy
• Piroska Nagy-Mohacsi
• Chris Nel
• Malik Niazi
• Ben Nimmo
• Mike Packer
• Chris Prebensen
• Mark Pyman
• Hanif Qadir
• Tim Reilly
• Alan Riley
• Ben Robinson
• Murray Robinson
• Greg Rowett
• Malcolm Russell
• Enrique Sacau
• Keith Sargent
• Jon Searle
• Andy Settle
• Sebastian Seymour
• Raheem Shapi
• Jonathan Shaw
• James Sherr
• Louise Sherwood
• Andrew Shortland
• Lesley Simm
• Luis Simon
• Guy Spindler
• Lucy Stafford
• Ignas Stankovicius
• Hew Strachan
• Henry Strickland
• Celia Szusterman
• Yusuf Tai
• Tomas Tauginas
• Oliver McTernan
• Richard Titley
• Martin Tomaszewski
• Alan Waldron
• Joseph Walker-Cousins
• Dan Ward
• William Wells
• Angela White
• James Wilson
• Mark Winlow
• Jason Wiseman
• Andrew Wood
The UK MoD/FCO funded group that ran the ironically named Integrity Initiative, exposed in 2018 by 'Anonymous'.

The Institute for Statecraft (previously named the Institute for Statecraft and Governance)[1] is a UK limited company founded in 2006[2]. The 2018 Integrity Initiative leak exposed a child group, the ironically named Integrity Initiative not as the apolitical charity it purported to be, but as a multi-million pound UK/FCO funded a UK deep state propaganda outfit. David Miller stated that it "appears to be a military-directed push;"[3], noting that operational WQ was a London basement both close to and paid for[4] by the UK MoD.[5] It has been involved in disinformation operations, subversion of the democratic process[6] and promoting Russophobia and the idea of a new cold war.

Official Narrative

The group's about page stated in January 2019 that "The Institute for Statecraft is an independent body dedicated to refreshing the practice of statecraft, to improving governance and to enhancing national security."[7] Its registration at the Scottish Charity Register stated that its objects were: "(1) To advance education in the fields of governance and statecraft, and in particular focussing on the leadership, direction, management and administration of public and private institutions, major organisations and other bodies (whether incorporated or otherwise), and the skills needed by those in authority within such institutions, organisations or bodies to enable them to deal effectively with current and future challenges particularly in respect of security (2) To advance human rights, conflict resolution and/or reconciliation and religious/racial/ethnic harmony, to promote equality and diversity, citizenship and community development, and to advance national and international security; and in particular through assisting governments (including emerging democracies and countries in transition) and other institutions, organisations or bodies (whether in the UK or abroad) to respond to the challenges posed by new developments in the world (whether social, political, economic or technological) and to develop and embed structures and institutions that reflect principles of best practice in governance and statecraft."[8]


The registered HQ, a mill in Scotland
The operational HQ, "possibly the most expensive basement in London."[9]

Craig Murray notes that it didn't take much detective work to locate the operational HQ. This seems to be the basement of the rather more stately 2 Temple Place, the former London mansion of William Waldorf Astor. Murray reports that "the rent is paid by the Ministry of Defence".[9]


Chris Donnelly deep state operative.jpg

The II was founded in November 2006 as the Institute for Statecraft and Governance.[10] It had 3 directors:

Tom Lloyd was head of security from 2007-2010. The IfS staff list (right) has mostly been derived from combining the leaked documents with archived copies of the list of IfS fellows from their own website.[12][13]

The older members in particular have various connections to NATO, the Atlantic Council and to multiple deep state milieux[14] or have held senior positions in the UK government,[15], UK Army[16], NATO[17] and the Atlantic Council[18]. At least one has been convicted of fraud.[19] Foreign spooks include Dmytro Kolomoiets.


Some of the IfS directors set up a UK company named the "Council on Foreign Relations".

The group manages the Integrity Initiative, which director Dan Kaszeta described in his "Notes for Israel" as “Not just a “think tank” offering yet another discussion forum but also a “do tank”.” [20] He added that "We have good contacts in government in UK and other governments (Argentina, Baltic States, Lithuania, etc.")[21]

Members of the IfS have set up private businesses together, including Samantha de Bendern and Alan Riley who co-directed Temple Strategic Advisory Ltd.

In 2018 the IfS had a "programme to develop discernment education for children of 9 and upwards, to keep them safe on-line and to protect them from disinformation and radicalisation".[21]


Over Corporate Media

Full article: Corporate Media/Deep state control

The UK Deep state has a variety of means of control over the output of corporate media. One of the most exposed is the Integrity Initiative. According to documents leaked by 'Anonymous', Euan Grant wrote that the IfS has “particular links with the Times, Telegraph, Guardian and BBC TV and radio” but says that it needs to “strengthen” its relationship with the Mail.

Over EPIC (Ex Police in Industry and Commerce)

Full article: EPIC

EPIC (Ex Police in Industry and Commerce) is a "business networking organisation", founded in 2011. As of 2020, all the original directors had resigned, leaving at least 2/4 remaining directors as IfS members. IfS members include senior policemen.[22]

"War on Terror"

Full article: Rated 4/5 “War on Terror”

Many IfS members have a financial stake in the "War on Terror". Some are professional "terror experts".[23]. Others have set up companies in this area. Others are academics or journalists who address this area. Many worked for the Active Change Foundation, including its founder, Hanif Qadir.


The Institute for Statecraft attracted a lot of interest in late 2018 after documents from the Integrity Initiative‎‎ were leaked online by 'Anonymous'.[24] The first set of documents was published on 5 November 2018.[25] It was subsequently the subjects of questions in the UK parliament and widely reported by independent media.


The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator opened an inquiry on the 13 December 2018, which after 10 months found that the charity’s purposes were “not entirely charitable”, that "one of its most significant activities, a project known as the Integrity Initiative did not provide public benefit in furtherance of the charity's purposes" and that "private benenefit to the charity's trustees was not incidental to the charity's activities".[26]

Cover up

On 22 January 2019, the Integrity Initiative "temporarily" deleted the entire contents of their website.[27] The Institute for Statecraft followed suit shortly afterwards. By 5 February 2019, the site content had been replaced by a coverpage which stated that "The website will be relaunched shortly. In the meantime, we expect to be able to publish an analysis of the hack and its significance in the near future." It also opened up the way to plausible deniability by claiming that some (unspecified) parts of the leaked data had been falsified.[28]

Media reporting

In March 2019 Sky News carried a brief article headlined What is the Institute for Statecraft thought to have been hacked by Russia? reported that "[t]he organisation, which describes itself as a think-tank and a do-tank, employs a small staff of about a dozen people. It also has about 90 Fellows, including a handful of individuals who have a background in British intelligence or the military so are experts in security and defence." It made no mention of the Integrity Initiative's member Simon Bracey-Lane working for the Bernie Sanders campaign or the smears against Jeremy Corbyn. It mentioned that the II "established a network in countries across Europe" but did not mention how it used that network to mount of a secretly coordinated social media campaign to prevent the appointment of Pedro Baños as Director of the Spanish Department of Homeland Security.[29]


Related Quotations

Integrity Initiative“We've temporarily removed all content from our website, pending an investigation into the theft of data from the Institute for Statecraft and the Integrity Initiative. The website will be relaunched shortly.”22 January 2019
Greg Rowett“spoke well and hit all the IfS points: peacetime mentality during war/Russian vocab all based on warfare/rate of change in society dramatic/need for universal glossary. Algorithms key – we need to start gaming these algorithms and put pressure onto the companies hosting these disinformation campaigns. Deliver message that we're willing and able to push back.”Simon Bracey-Lane
Greg Rowett
December 2017
University of Leicester““Following discussions in Leicester and London, the School of History, Politics and International Relations has concluded a Memorandum of Understanding with the Institute for Statecraft, an independent body dedicated to refreshing the practice of statecraft, improving governance and enhancing national security. Head of School, Dr George Lewis, said “This development is yet another example of the skill and standing of colleagues involved in our Distance Learning programmes, and is further recognition of the School's strengths in teaching, research and research-led teaching in the field of international politics and security.” In warmly welcoming the collaboration, Chris Donnelly and Dan Lafayeedney, the founding (sic)<a href="#cite_note-2">[2]</a> co-Directors of the Institute for Statecraft, stated that “it recognises the significant standing in which the Institute is held internationally by policy makers and decision takers of governments, development and security agencies, and private sector clients, and it reflects the unique blend of practice and authoritative research that the Institute’s Fellows and Associates are able to contribute”. Building upon the University’s links with UNITAR and both party’s links with NATO, this Memorandum of Understanding demonstrates the potential for the University of Leicester and the Institute for Statecraft to collaborate, share experience and develop opportunities that will have a direct impact on national and international policy-making.”UnknownDecember 2018
Zinc Network“Bringing together organisations including Zinc Network, the Institute for Statecraft, Aktis Strategy, Bellingcat, DFR Lab, the Media Diversity Institute, Toro Risk Solutions and Ecorys, our Consortium combines recognised market leaders in understanding, monitoring, and countering Kremlin-backed disinformation... This ecosystem of credible voices will continue to grow, exposing the actors and networks behind Kremlin-backed disinformation, reducing unwitting multipliers of disinformation, and building resilience amongst key target audiences across Europe.

We will mobilise a Network Hub based in London, led by an experienced Project Director, consisting of an agile team with core competencies augmented by a wider pool of vetted experts. Our approach is highly localised, based around regional clusters of actors who can collaborate to effectively undermine the disinformation

ecosystem in their respective areas and engage audiences most vulnerable to disinformation... It is a highly complex project involving coordination of many independent actors, and thus risk must be carefully managed and risk profiles constantly adapted, serving as the basis for all activity. The approach we propose is based on the identification, monitoring and management of risks as they materialise, allowing members to continue taking smart risks as they increase the scale and impact of their activities.”


Event Planned

Strengthening Europe's 'soft' and 'hard' defenceThe Hague
Clingendael Institute
Chatham House rule meeting with organised by the Institute for Statecraft and the Clingendael Institute.


Related Documents

TitleTypePublication dateAuthor(s)Description
Document:Speaking notes for meetings in Israelspeaking notesJune 2018Dan KaszetaInstitute for Statecraft wants to build a relationship with the Israeli government
Document:The Institute for Statecraft Expert Team v 3name list13 December 2018Chris Donnellybiographies of core team members with lots of obscure but interesting former and present employers


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  6. See, for example, Pedro Banos
  9. a b
  10. a b c
  14. Keir Giles is a member of Chatham House and the Brookings Institute
  15. David Clark was Minister for the Cabinet Office and Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster
  16. Major General Jonathan Shaw
  17. Ben Nimmo was NATO Press officer
  18. Stewart Eldon was the UK Permanent Representative to the North Atlantic Council and UK Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN
  19. Audrius Butkevičius
  20. Document:Speaking notes for meetings in Israel
  21. a b Document:Speaking notes for meetings in Israel
  22. Perry Fawcett, David Gilbertson, Tom Lloyd
  23. Dan Kaszeta, Shima Keene, Fatima Lahnait, Hanif Qadir, Lesley Simm, Richard Titley, Jason Wiseman