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Identity statement

Reference code(s)
GB0099 KCLMA Washington Version
Washington Version, television documentary archive
Level of description
Collection (fonds)
Extent and medium of the unit of description (quantity, bulk, or size)
11 boxes or 0.11 cubic metres


Name of creator(s)

Brian Lapping Associates

Administrative / Biographical history

The Washington Version is a three part television documentary on the Gulf War produced for BBC Television and Discovery Channel by Brian Lapping Associates, a London based television production company. The documentary was conceived and arranged for The American Enterprise Institute by Richard Perle. The producers were Mark Anderson, Norma Percy and Grace Kitto. The UK version of the documentary was transmitted by BBC2 on 16, 17 and 18 Jan 1992, the US version was transmitted on 17, 24 and 31 January 1992. The US version of the documentary was titled The Gulf Crisis: Road to War , and Program 2 was titled 'New World Order'.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented to the Centre by Norma Percy, Brian Lapping Associates, in four deposits, 28 Jul 1992, 4 Aug 1992, 13 Aug 1992 and 22 Mar 1994.

Content & structure

Scope and content

The collection includes uncut audio cassettes, video cassettes and transcripts of interviews, concerning events leading up to the Gulf War (1990-1991) such as the role of the United States in the liberation of Kuwait following its invasion by Iraq, 2 Aug 1990; US relations with the international community coalition which included Saudi Arabia, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and the Soviet Union; the role of the United Nations; and the background to decisions taken by the US government in response to the invasion and up until the ceasefire of 28 Feb 1991. It also contains related transcripts of US Congress proceedings, research files, news cuttings, video cassettes of the three episodes of the television documentary The Washington Version as broadcast in the UK, scripts for each episode, draft version of scripts and documentary, as well as uncut video cassette footage of television news reports, press conferences and addresses, contemporary to the conflict. The documentary was advertised as 'a personal history of the Gulf Crisis told by US Cabinet members, their deputies and key allies'. Those interviewed include James Addison Baker III, US Secretary of State, 1989-1992; Richard B (Dick) Cheney, US Secretary of Defense, 1989-1993; Robert Gates, Assistant to the US President and Deputy National Security Advisor, 1989-1991; Gen Brent Scowcroft, National Security Advisor, 1989-1993; James Danforth Quayle, US Vice President, 1989-1993; Stephen Joshua Solarz, Democrat member of US Congress, 1975-1993; Gen Colin Powell, Chairman, US Joint Chiefs of Staff; Gen Norman Schwarzkopf, Commander in Chief; Thomas Stephen Foley, Democrat member of US Congress, 1965-1995, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, 1989-1995; Ambassador Thomas Reeve Pickering, US Permanent Representative to the United Nations, 1989-1992; Lawrence S Eagleburger, Deputy Secretary of State, 1989-1992; Richard N Haass, Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director, Near East & South Asian Affairs, National Security Council, 1989-1993; John Kelly, Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern and South Asian Affairs, 1989-1991; Robert M Kimmitt, Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, 1989-1991; Charles Powell, Baron Powell of Bayswater, Private Secretary to the British Prime Minister, 1984-1991; Dennis B Ross, Director, Policy Planning Staff, US Department of State, 1989-1992; H E Sheikh Saud Nasir Al-Sabah, Kuwait Ambassador to the US, 1981-present; Joseph Charles Wilson IV, Charge d'Affairs, US Embassy, Baghdad 1988-1991; Paul Dundes Wolfowitz, Under Secretary for Policy, US Department of Defense 1899-1993; Sergei Tarasenko, Policy Advisor to Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze 1985-1991; and Martin Indyk, Washington Institute for Near Eastern Policy, 1984-1993.

System of arrangement

The material has been arranged in sections as listed above.

Conditions of access & use

Conditions governing access

Open, subject to signature of Reader's undertaking form, and appropriate provision of two forms of identification, to include one photographic ID.

Conditions governing reproduction

Copies, subject to the condition of the original, may be supplied for research use only. Requests to publish original material should be submitted to the Trustees of the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives, attention of the Director of Archive Services.

Language/scripts of material

Mainly English, some Russian and French.

Finding aids

Detailed catalogue will be available online soon and in hard copy in the Liddell Hart Centre for Military Archives reading room.

Allied materials

Existence and location of originals
King's College London College Archives

Description control

Archivist's Note

Compiled by Alison Field

Rules or conventions

Compiled in compliance with General International Standard Archival Description, ISAD(G), second edition, 2000; National Council on Archives Rules for the Construction of Personal, Place and Corporate Names, 1997.

This catalogue is made available under the Open Data Commons Attribution License. This catalogue may be updated from time to time in order to reflect additional material and/or new understandings of the material.

Date(s) of descriptions

March 2002


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  • Gulf War (1990-1991)
  • International conflicts
  • International politics
  • International relations
  • War
  • Wars (events)

Personal names

  • Baker, James Addison, b 1930, US Secretary of State
  • Cheney, Richard Bruce (Dick), b 1941, US Vice President
  • Eagleburger, Lawrence Sidney, b 1930, US Secretary of State
  • Foley, Thomas Stephen, b 1929, US politician and diplomat
  • Pickering, Thomas Reeve, b 1931, US diplomat
  • Powell, Charles David, b 1941, Baron Powell of Bayswater
  • Powell, Colin Luther, b 1937, US General and Secretary of State
  • Quayle, James Danforth, b 1947, US Vice President
  • Schwarzkopf, H Norman, b 1934, US General
  • Scowcroft, Brent, b 1925, US National Security Advisor
  • Shevardnadze, Eduard, b 1928, Soviet Foreign Minister
  • Solarz, Stephen Joshua, b 1940, US politician
  • Wolfowitz, Paul Dundes, b 1943, US politician


  • Iran, Islamic Republic, Middle East
  • Iraq, Middle East
  • Kuwait, Gulf States, Middle East
  • London, England
  • Saudi Arabia, Gulf States, Middle East
  • USA, North America
  • USSR, Eastern Europe

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