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Initiative Team

Michael Bell, Co-Director, mbell@uwindsor.ca
Michael Bell is Paul Martin Senior Scholar for International Diplomacy at the University of Windsor. Formerly the Chair of the Donor Committee of the International Reconstruction Fund Facility for Iraq, he spent 36 years in the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, serving as Ambassador to Jordan (1987-90), Egypt (1994-98), and Israel (1990-92 and 1999-2003). He has also been Director of the Department's Middle East Relations Division (1983-87) and Director General for Central and Eastern Europe (1992-94).
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Michael J. Molloy, Co-Director, joandmikeca@yahoo.com
Michael J. Molloy is a former senior official at the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and at Citizenship and Immigration Canada. His involvement in Middle East affairs includes his roles as Canada's Ambassador to Jordan (1996-2000), Special Coordinator for the Peace Process (2000-03), and Senior Advisor to the Canadian delegation to the Refugee Working Group in the peace process (1993-96). Mr. Molloy has also served as Director General for Refugee Affairs at Immigration Canada (1989-92) and Director General, Citizenship and Immigration Operations in Ontario (1994-96).

John Bell, Co-Director, jbell@toledopax.org
John Bell is the Director, Middle East and Mediterranean Programe and Eurasia Programme at The Toledo International Centre for Peace (CITpax).  He is the former Middle East Director for "Search for Common Ground," a global conflict resolution NGO. He is also a former Canadian and United Nations diplomat who served as a political officer at Canada's embassy in Cairo (1993-96), a member of Canada's delegation to the Refugee Working Group in the peace process (1992-93), and Political Advisor to the Personal Representative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations for southern Lebanon (2000-01).

Tom Pierre Najem, Project Manager, tnajem@uwindsor.ca
Tom Pierre Najem is Head of the Department of Political Science at the University of Windsor, and an Associate Professor of International Relations and Comparative Politics. He has lived and worked in the Middle East and North Africa and has published extensively on political and economic development issues there. He has held previous academic appointments in Morocco and at the University of Durham, UK.