Chris Donnelly

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(soldier, spook, deep politician)
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Born10 November 1946
Rochdale, UK
Alma materManchester University
SpouseJill Norris
Founder ofAdvanced Research and Assessment Group, Institute for Statecraft, Integrity Initiative
Member ofConflict Studies Research Centre, EXPOSE Network, Institute for Statecraft/Tor team, Integrity Initiative, UK/Council on Foreign Relations
Victim ofpermanent war mentality
A UK Deep politician who set up the Institute for Statecraft (amongst other groups).

Employment.png Director of the Institute for Statecraft

In office
23 Nov 2006 - Present

Employment.png Active Change Foundation/Director

In office
2 June 2008 - 6 October 2017

Employment.png Special Adviser to NATO Secretary General

In office
1989 - 2003
"Special Advisor for Central and Eastern European Affairs"

Employment.png Soviet Adviser

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

Employment.png Lecturer

In office
1969 - 1973
Succeeded byAbraham Rotstein

Christopher Nigel Donnelly is a UK deep politician who was a "special adviser" to four NATO secretaries general for 13 years, as well as to UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.[1] He also co-founded the Institute for Statecraft (which he directs) and its offshoot Integrity Initiative.[2] Until the Integrity Initiative Leak on 5 November 2018, he was little known outside of deep political circles. A NATO biography from 2003 stated that "His current major interest is in the reform of defence and security establishments in Central and Eastern European countries following the end of the Cold War".[3]

From 1970 to 1993, Chris Donnelly served as a reserve officer in Britain's Territorial Army.[4]

As of 2023, he still lacked an English Wikipedia page.[5]

Mental health

In 2018, 'b' suggested for the Moon of Alabama that "Donnelly seems to be obsessed with the 'Russian threat' and is determined to fight it by all means."[6] Donnelly wrote several of the documents in the Integrity Initiative Leak, which suggest he is suffering from a severe permanent war mentality and sees the world in one-dimensional "for us or against us" terms.


"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."[7]

In 2003, Donnelly founded the Advanced Research and Assessment Group, which Wikipedia reported in 2020 "brought together experts from the military, academia and other fields in "research clusters" dedicated to specific areas of concern, in order to provide policy-makers with focussed analysis of international security issues."[8]

In 2010, Donnelly took part in Security and Defence Learning/2010, with at least one fellow IfS member Jeffrey McCausland. The discussions were chaired by another member of the IfS, politician/spook Harold Elletson. Donnelly was a director of the Active Change Foundation for over 9 years.[9]

Donnelly's claim that "Russia is happy to accept bribery, using organized crime as a tool" was reported by the BBC in Russian in 2014.[10]


Skripal Affair

Full article: Skripal Affair

Chris Donnelly told @BBCJLandale at #TMSRussia that the poisoning of Sergei Skripal was an "act of war".[11]

Crimean Bridge

In October 2022, a secret British intelligence plot to intervene in the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine was revealed in internal documents and correspondence obtained exclusively by The Grayzone. The April 2022 plan, drawn up at the request of Chris Donnelly, was an elaborate scheme to blow up the Crimean Bridge with the involvement of specially trained Ukrainian soldiers.

Almost six months after the plan was circulated, Kerch Bridge was attacked in an October 8th suicide bombing apparently overseen by Ukraine’s SBU intelligence services.

The truck bombing of the Kerch Bridge differed operationally from the plot sketched for Chris Donnelly. Yet, Britain’s evident interest in planning such an attack underscores the deep involvement of NATO powers in the Ukraine proxy war.[12]


Chris Donnelly recorded a video about his work for the IfS after the leak, claiming the site was hacked by people that were against Ifs their alleged goals.

Donnelly was exposed as a deep state operative 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)  [13]



Documents by Chris Donnelly

TitleDocument typePublication dateSubject(s)Description
Document:An Open Letter On Defenceopen letterUK/Ministry of Defence
An open letter the BBC published from a group of academics and military men written to the UK Prime Minister highlighting "global threats", warning that "security is threatened in almost every corner of the globe" and that decreased military expenditure would "damage our international credibility". Authors included at least three members of the Institute for Statecraft.
Document:Background to the Simulation Seminarsreport28 February 2018Center for the Study of New Generation WarfareBackground to and observation of two war Simulation Seminars
Document:China’s Strategy towards Europe: Implications and Policy Recommendations for EU Securityanalysis, policy recommendations26 December 2018China
21st century
Document:Chris Donnelly CV ShortCV13 December 2018Chris DonnellyChris Donnelly short CV
Document:Chris Donnelly Paris Brussels May 2016 v2report13 December 2018Propaganda
Integrity Initiative
Chris 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
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 2018Censorship
Information health
Musings on how to keep media dominance and control young minds
Document:Draft agenda for the conference Tackling Tools of Malign Influenceconference planTackling Tools of Malign InfluenceDraft conference plan for the Tackling Tools of Malign Influence event
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 2016PropagandaA 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:Integrity initiative: Notes on discussions in Greecereport2017GreeceII looking hard for Russian influence. It "is insidious but everywhere, so it is difficult to pinpoint..Their funding is difficult to identify."
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 2014War
A 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
Scottish independence
Integrity Initiative convinced Scottish 'fringe' nationalism is a Kremlin plot caused by RT and Sputnik; intends to influence to tie Scotland to NATO, England wants to keep media and political dominance
Document:Pitch for a long-Form TV series about Russia in the 1990smedia strategy planning26 December 2018Russia
Media strategy
Pitch for creating a long-Form TV series about Russia in the 1990s
Document:Private List for Chris. (Possible Funders in Swittzerland)name list26 December 2018List of cutoutsThis 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 forcesFormer leader of British forces Richard Barrons sketching out military needs. "The 1st offset in the 1950s was through nuclear weapons. The 2nd was precision munitions in the 1980s. The 3rd offset today is to use information technologies to build new capabilities".."The Army understands the importance of information warfare and 77 Brigade is right" ..So we should them [our allies], especially the US, to tell us what is expected of us."
Document:Project Proposal Integrity Initiative 2017-18budget application and plan27 April 2017Integrity Initiative
Budget proposal for a secret influence network that will protect "the Western system of democratic values"..."against attack by those powers who would seek to overturn our system and all it stands for," no less.
Document:Project Title INTEGRITY INITIATIVE Phase IIbudget application and plan27 April 2017Integrity Initiative
Project application for phase II of Integrity Initiative
Document:Russian Lies and the Skripal Casestrategy document10 March 2018Propaganda
Skripal Affair
II document describing the backstory to the British narrative of the Sergei Skripal incident
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 2018Foreign and Commonwealth Office
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:The Network of Networksanalysis30 May 18 JLPropaganda
Integrity Initiative
Information Operation
A handbook for Integrity Initiative activities, including starting clusters
Document:Think Piece: Current Russian Strategic Thinkingstrategic analysis19 January 2018War
Chris Donnelly gives his view on Current Russian Strategic Thinking


Quotes by Chris Donnelly

"Anti-corruption"“In Slovakia in the 1990s I used UK companies wanting to do business to engage with local businesses. We set up the Klub 500 of companies with more than 500 employees. We got UK MPs via the NATO Parliamentary Assembly to teach them how business relates to, and can fund and lobby, political parties legitimately in a democracy, instead of their then model of cash in brown envelopes.”24 May 2018Document:Chris Donnelly proposal to FCO
Institute for Statecraft/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
Institute for Statecraft/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
Institute for Statecraft/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
Institute for Statecraft/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
Institute for Statecraft/Purposes“We cannot deter this hybrid war, it is upon us and we can only fight it.”19 January 2018Integrity Initiative/Leak/5
Institute for Statecraft/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 2018Document:Chris Donnelly proposal to FCO


Related Quotations

Institute for Statecraft/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
Institute for Statecraft/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
Edward LucasChris Donelly [sic.] is one of the most admirable people I know.”Edward Lucas23 February 2019


Events Participated in

Russia’s Strategy on NATO'S Eastern and Southern Flanks27 January 2017 09:30:0027 January 2017 16:30:00Barcelona Centre for International AffairsA CIDOB/The Institute for Statecraft/NATO meeting
Security and Defence Learning/20101 December 20101 December 2010Berlin
Hotel InterContinental
A conference about training people for "defence" and "security" that featured at least 3 members of the Institute for Statecraft
Strengthening Europe's 'soft' and 'hard' defence25 March 2019 13:00:0025 March 2019 17:00:00Netherlands
The 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:Chris Donnelly CV ShortCV13 December 2018Chris DonnellyChris Donnelly short CV
Document:Chris Donnelly Recommendation for the Appointment or Extension of Tenure of an Honorary Colonel of a T/A Reserve Regional UnitRecommendation for Extension of Tenure of an Honorary Colonel26 December 2018Integrity InitiativeRecommendation for Extension of Tenure of an Honorary Colonel for Chris Donnelly working in Specialist Group Military Intelligence
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