Chris Donnelly

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Person.png Chris Donnelly Companies HouseRdf-icon.png
(soldier, spook, deep politician?, deep state actor?)
Chris Donnelly.jpg
Born10 November 1946
Rochdale, UK
Alma materManchester University
Founder ofInstitute for Statecraft, Integrity Initiative
Member ofEXPOSE 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

Employment.png Soviet Adviser

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

Academic.png Lecturer Wikipedia-icon.png

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.

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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 ShortWikispooks Page13 December 2018Chris Donnelly short CV
Document:Chris Donnelly Paris Brussels May 2016 v2Wikispooks Page13 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 mattersWikispooks Page26 December 2018musings on how to keep media dominance, control the young
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: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:Military measuresWikispooks Page3 January 2014A list of suggested military measures to Ukraine in 2014, including "Mine Sevastopol harbour/bay"
Document:Pitch for a long-Form TV series about Russia in the 1990sWikispooks Page26 December 2018Pitch for creating a long-Form TV series about Russia in the 1990s
Document:Private List for Chris. (Possible Funders in Swittzerland)list of potential donors26 December 2018This is a list of cutouts, seemingly 'independent' 'philanthropic' foundations financing intelligence work
Document:Private discussion with Gen Sir Richard BarronsWikispooks Page26 December 2018Former leader of British forces Richard Barrons telling of his worries for Britain and the British forces
Document:Think Piece: Current Russian Strategic Thinkinginvoice19 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“In Serbia, for example, we used the Club de Madrid to get the former Spanish MOD, Narcis Serra, to act as mentor to the then MOD Boris Tadic. I brought Tadic to London via the Atlantic Treaty Association (of which IfS is now the UK Rep) to expand his horizons and link him to MPs. He eventually became President.”15 October 2018Integrity Initiative/Leak/6#CND proposal to FCO.pdf


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


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