GRAHAM, Sir John (Alexander Noble), 4th Bt (b 1926)

Scope and Content

Thirty seven typescript speeches and texts of lectures, given by Graham, 1972-1991, mostly relating to the Middle East, Anglo-American relations, Rhodesia, 1977, the Iranian revolution, 1979, the Iran-Iraq War, 1980-1988, NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), and the Gulf War, 1990-1991, notably 'The Middle East', 1972, with copy of UN Security Council Resolution 242 relating to the Arab-Israeli Six Day War, 1967, and copy of speech on the Middle East by Rt Hon Sir Alec (Alexander Frederick) Douglas-Home, Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, given to Harrogate Conservative Party, Oct 1970; address to NATO Defence College, 'Developments outside the NATO area in the next 15 years of concern to the Alliance', Feb 1985; article 'The Iran-Iraq war - eight years on', written for NATO's sixteen nations, Nov 1987; article, 'Reflections on the Gulf Crisis', Nov 1990, with briefing notes on the Gulf Crisis from Martin Fuller, Research Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and related press cuttings, 1990.

Administrative / Biographical History

Born 1926; educated at Eton College and Trinity College, Cambridge; served in the Army, UK and Palestine, 1944-1947; commissioned into the Grenadier Guards, 1945; Lt, 1946; HM Foreign Service, 1950; Middle East Centre for Arab Studies, 1951; Third Secretary, Bahrain, 1951; Kuwait, 1952; Amman, Jordan, 1953; Assistant Private Secretary to Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, 1954-1957; First Secretary, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, 1957-1960; Benghazi, Libya, 1960-1961; Foreign Office, 1961-1966; Counsellor and Head of Chancery, Kuwait, 1966-1969; Principal Private Secretary to Foreign and Commonwealth Secretary, 1969-1972; awarded CMG, 1972; Counsellor (later Minister) and Head of Chancery, Washington DC, USA, 1972-1974; Ambassador to Iraq, 1974-1977; Deputy Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1977-1979; created KCMG, 1979; Ambassador to Iran, 1979-1980; Deputy Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 1980-1982; Ambassador and UK Permanent Representative to NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organisation), Brussels, Belgium, 1982-1986; appointed GCMG, 1986; Registrar, Order of St Michael and St George, since 1987; Director, Ditchley Foundation, Ditchley Park, Oxfordshire, 1987-1992.


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Acquisition Information

Placed in the Centre by Graham in 1998.

Other Finding Aids

Summary guide entry on-line at, and detailed catalogue available in hard copy in the Centre's reading room.

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