Chris Donnelly

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Chris Donnelly (Date of birth: 10 Nov. 1946) is a Trustee of the Institute for Statecraft and of the Active Change Foundation. Between 1989 and 2003 he was Special Adviser for Central and Eastern European Affairs to four successive Secretaries General of NATO, including latterly Lord Robertson.[1]


Born in Rochdale, Lancs., to Anthony Donnelly and Dorothy M. Morris, Donelly was educated at Cardinal Langley School, Middleton, Lancs. and graduated from University of Manchester in 1969.[2] Donnelly is married to Jill Donnelly UK president of Make Mothers Matter from 2000-2008[3]


Donnelly was Instructor, Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst (RMAS) 1969–72; Sr Lecturer, Soviet Studies Research Centre, RMAS 1972–79, Dir 1979–89; Territorial Army (Int. Corps) 1970–93; Adjunct Professor, Carnegie Mellon University 1985–89, Georgia Technical University 1989–93; Special Adviser for Cen. and E European Affairs to Sec.- Gen. of North Atlantic Treaty Organization 1989–2003; Founder and Head of Advanced Research and Assessment Group, Defence Academy of the UK 2003–07, Sr Fellow 2007–10; currently Dir Institute for Statecraft, London.[2]

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, and the development of collaboration between Eastern and Western defence establishments.[1]



  • Red Banner 1989,
  • War and the Soviet Union 1990,
  • Gorbachev’s Revolution 1991,
  • Nations, Alliances and Security 2004[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 NATO Special Advisor for Central and Eastern European Affairs Chris Donelly. Accessed 30 December 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 World Who's Who DONNELLY Christopher Nigel CMG, TD,BA. Accessed 30 December 2015.
  3. Make Mothers Matter History. Accessed 30 December 2015.
  4. John Smith Trust Chris donnelly. Accessed 30 December 2015.