|Christopher William Dell|
|United States Ambassador to Kosovo|
May 27, 2009 – September, 2012
|Preceded by||Tina Kaidanow|
|Succeeded by||Tracey Ann Jacobson.|
|United States Ambassador to Angola|
August 8, 2001 – July 12, 2004
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Joseph Gerard Sullivan|
|Succeeded by||Cynthia G. Efird|
|United States Ambassador to Zimbabwe|
August 11, 2004 – July 2007
|President||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Joseph Gerard Sullivan|
|Succeeded by||James D. McGee|
|Profession||Diplomat, Career Ambassador|
|Allegiance||United States of America|
|Service/branch||United States Department of State|
|Unit||U.S. Africa Command|
|Commands||Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Activity, U.S. Africa Command|
Christopher William Dell is a career United States Foreign Service officer who is currently serving as the Deputy to the Commander for Civil-Military Activity, U.S. Africa Command since 2012. Before his current assignment Ambassador Dell served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo, after having also been posted to Angola and Zimbabwe.
During the 1980s, Dell worked in American embassies and consulates in Mexico and Portugal, and at the Foreign Office. In the 1990s, he was posted to Mozambique and Bulgaria. In 2000-2001, he served as the Chief of Mission of the U.S. Office in Pristina, Kosovo.
Posting to Zimbabwe
Dell was appointed US Ambassador to Zimbabwe on July 2, 2004, and presented his credentials in Harare on September 2. During his tenure, the government of President Robert Mugabe has carried out Operation Murambatsvina, which has been described by Mugabe as an “urban renewal” programme and by his political opponents as a crackdown on the urban poor. Western governments, including that of the United States, have condemned it.
Relations between the United States and Zimbabwe have deteriorated as a result of both Operation Murambatsvina and the humanitarian situation in the country, which the United States has blamed on official corruption and mismanagement. In addition, the US named Zimbabwe an abuser of human rights in 2004 annual report.
As a result of tense relations, Dell has borne the brunt of the Zimbabwe government’s displeasure. In mid-October 2005, he was detained for entering a restricted area of the Harare Botanical Gardens. A few weeks later, at a public lecture in the city of Mutare, Dell blamed corruption for the food shortages in the country, which the Zimbabwe government blames on foreign sanctions. On November 8, 2005, Dell was summoned to meet President Mugabe and was told to “go to hell.”  The following day, the ambassador was recalled to the United States for consultations. He subsequently returned.
On March 19, acting on orders from President Mugabe, Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi summoned Dell and other western diplomats to his ministry to receive an official warning to stop interfering in the country's internal affairs. When Mumbengegwi refused to allow the diplomats an opportunity to ask questions, Dell walked out, describing the meeting as a "sham" for the benefit of the state media, who were filming the proceedings. Dell left Harare the same day for London. The State Department stated that he would return to Zimbabwe soon.
On July 12, 2007, Dell authored a classified cable expressing his confidence that Mugabe would be out of power soon.
On July 14, 2007, Dell left his posting in Zimbabwe without bidding Mugabe farewell. According to Zimbabwean state radio, at the time of his departure he was disappointed because Mugabe remained in office. Dell was then appointed deputy chief of mission in Afghanistan.
Posting in Afghanistan
From 2007 to 2009, Dell is Deputy Chief of Mission of the U.S. Embassy in Kabul.
Posting in Kosovo
On May 27, 2009, President Barack Obama nominated Dell to be Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo. He was confirmed by the United States Senate on July 10, 2009 and sworn-in on July 31, 2009. He was succeeded by Ambassador Tracey Ann Jacobson.
Posting to Africom
- Civilian deputy to General Ham, Commander of U.S. Africa Command, September 15, 2012 – present.
- Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo, July 31, 2009 – 2012.
- Deputy Chief of Mission, Afghanistan, 2007 - July 30, 2009
- Ambassador to Zimbabwe, 2004–2007
- Ambassador to Angola, 2001-2004
(Appointed on August 4, 2001; presented his credentials on October 26; left his post on July 12, 2004)
- Chief of Mission, U.S. Office, Pristina, Kosovo, 2000-2001
- Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy Sofia, Bulgaria, 1997–2000
- Deputy Director, Office of Regional Political Affairs, Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs, 1994–1996
- Deputy Chief of Mission, U.S. Embassy, Maputo, Mozambique, 1991–1994
- Special Assistant to the Under Secretary for International Security Affairs, 1989–1991
- Executive Assistant to the Special Negotiator for Greek Bases Agreement, Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs, 1987–1989
- Desk Officer for Spain and Portugal, Bureau of European and Canadian Affairs, 1986–1987
- Staff Assistant, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, 1985–1986
- Political Officer, US Embassy Lisbon, Portugal, 1984–1985
- Vice Consul, US Consulate Oporto, Portugal, 1983–1984
- Vice Consul, US Consulate Matamoros, Mexico, 1981–1983
- U.S. Department of State. Chiefs of Mission by Country, 1778-2005: Zimbabwe. – Retrieved on 29 May 2009.
- State Department Report
- "US envoy 'detained' in Zimbabwe". BBC News. October 14, 2005.
- "Zimbabwe voices anger at US envoy". BBC News. November 9, 2005.
- Raath, Jan (March 20, 2007). "Mugabe threat to kick out diplomats". The Times.
- Meldrum, Andrew (March 20, 2007). "Mugabe threatens diplomats with expulsion". The Guardian (London).
- http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL2020884520070320?pageNumber=3. Missing or empty
- Christopher W. Dell (July 12, 2007). "The End is Nigh". Wikileaks.
- "US envoy leaves Zimbabwe a disappointed man, radio reports", DPA (Earthtimes.org), July 14, 2007.
- Augustine Mukaro, "Zimbabwe: New U.S. Ambassador Won't Relent On Zim - Dell", Zimbabwe Independent (allAfrica.com), July 6, 2007.
- U.S. Department of State U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Kosovo: Christopher William Dell. – Retrieved on 31 July 2009. He Made Atifete Jahjaga President
- Amb. Christopher Dell. Retrieved 22-02-2013.
- U.S. Department of State. Chiefs of Mission by Country, 1778-2005: Angola. – Retrieved on 29 May 2009.
- U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Deputy Chief of Mission: Christopher William Dell. – Retrieved on 29 May 2009.