Michael Dougall Bell

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Michael Dougall Bell
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Canada Ambassador to Jordan
In office
1987–1990
Preceded by Gary Richard Harman
Succeeded by Arthur Percy Sherwood
Canada Ambassador to Israel
In office
1990–1992
Preceded by James K. Bartleman
Succeeded by Norman Spector
Canada Ambassador to Cyprus
In office
1991–1992
Preceded by James K. Bartleman
Succeeded by Norman Spector
Canada Ambassador to Egypt
In office
1994–1998
Preceded by Jacques T. Simard
Succeeded by Marie-Andrée Beauchemin
Canada Ambassador to Israel
In office
1999–2003
Preceded by David Berger
Succeeded by Donald Sinclair
Personal details
Born September 10, 1943
Windsor, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian
Residence Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Alma mater University of Windsor

Michael Dougall Bell is a former Canadian Foreign Service Officer with 36 years experience in the Department of Foreign Affairs, mostly focused on the Middle East. He was Canada's Ambassador to Jordan (1987–90), Egypt (1994–98), and Israel (1990–92 and 1999–2003). Also former Chair of the Donor Committee of the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq.

Early life[edit]

Bell was born on September 10, 1943 in Windsor, Ontario. He attended Assumption College School from 1958–1962, and later attended the University of Windsor. At Windsor he received his B.A. Hons (1966) and M.A. (1967) in Political Science and Economic Studies.

Foreign Service[edit]

After completing his M.A. he joined the Canadian Foreign Service, holding early positions in Kingston, Jamaica (1968–1970), Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (1970–1972), and Rome, Italy (1981–1983). He Also Served as the Senior Political Officer in Tel Aviv, Israel from 1975 to 1978. He was Executive Assistant for Middle East Affairs to the Honourable Robert Stanfield (1978–1979), and Director of the Middle East Relations Division (1983–1987), Director General for Central and Eastern Europe (1992–1994).

After the Foreign Service[edit]

Bell served as the Fellow at the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs at Harvard University (1998–99) and from 2003-2005 he was Senior Scholar on Diplomacy at the Munk Centre for International Studies, at the University of Toronto.[1]

Current work[edit]

Michael Bell is currently the Paul Martin (Sr.) Senior Scholar on International Diplomacy at the University of Windsor, where he teaches on the law and politics of the modern Middle East. He is also engaged in a major study on the future governance of Jerusalem’s Old City. The project is designed to stimulate thinking amongst decision makers, respecting options for the future governance of the old city for possible use by negotiators, in the event of renewed negotiations for a comprehensive peace between Israelis and Palestinians.[2]

Bell has been a contributor to the Globe and Mail. He has also published in the Literary Review of Canada, the Behind the Headlines series of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs, Idea&s: the Arts and Science Review of the University of Toronto, the International Journal, and the Journal of International Law and International Relations.[3] He also frequently appears on national radio and television as a middle east expert.[4]

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Diplomatic posts
Preceded by
Gary Richard Harman
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Jordan
1987-1990
Succeeded by
Arthur Percy Sherwood
Preceded by
James K. Bartleman
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Israel
1990-1992
Succeeded by
Norman Spector
Preceded by
James K. Bartleman
High Commissioner to Cyprus
1991-1992
Succeeded by
Norman Spector
Preceded by
Jacques T. Simard
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Egypt
1994-1998
Succeeded by
Marie-Andrée Beauchemin
Preceded by
David Berger
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Israel
1999-2003
Succeeded by
Donald Sinclair