Ross Wilson

Distinguished Senior Fellow, Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center

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US-Turkey Relations


Caucasus, Central Europe, Eurasia, Turkey

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Recent Activity

  • June 08, 2015
    The wheel of politics goes round and round. Turkish voters demonstrated this in the thumping they gave in parliamentary elections June 7 to the Justice and Development Party (AKP) that had governed the country for over a decade. The AKP
  • March 05, 2015
    Turkey today appears more unsettled than at any time since the Justice and Development (AK) Party came to power in late 2002.  The difficulties it faces now differ substantially from those during previous periods of discord, such as the Gezi
  • August 11, 2014
    Turkish Opposition Fails to Coalesce Around a Message and a Leader Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s widely-expected election to the presidency of Turkey won’t herald major changes in Turkey’s domestic or foreign policies, or in US-Turkish relations – at least in the short
  • March 31, 2014
    Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan claimed a victory in Sunday’s municipal elections, in which his Justice and Development Party (AKP) appeared to have won the largest share of the nationwide vote for mayors and local government councils. 
  • January 30, 2014
    Eurasia Center Director Ross Wilson discusses the recent political crisis’ implications on US-Turkish relations, Syria, and the upcoming Turkish elections with Voice of America Turkish service (video in Turkish):
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Full Bio

Ross Wilson is the former Director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council and serves now as a Distinguished Senior Fellow.

As Director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, Ambassador Wilson leads the Atlantic Council's work on the region that extends from East-Central Europe across the Black and Caspian Seas and beyond to Central Asia. Key areas of emphasis include regional political issues and prospects, energy, and overall economic development, trade, and integration within and across the region. The Atlantic Council hosts conferences, workshops, and symposia in Washington and in the region on these and other issues, and its flagship activity is its annual Black Sea Energy and Economic Forum.

In December 2008, he completed nearly three decades in the US Foreign Service, including six years as American Ambassador to Turkey from 2005 to 2008 and to Azerbaijan from 2000 to 2003. Elsewhere overseas, he served at the US embassies in Moscow and Prague and was American consul general in Melbourne, Australia.

In Washington, Ambassador Wilson served as Chief of Staff for Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick in 2005. He was Chief US Negotiator for the free trade area of the Americas while on detail to the Office of the US Trade Representative in 2003 through 2005. In 1997 through 2000, Ambassador Wilson served as Principal Deputy to the Ambassador-at-Large and Special Adviser to the Secretary of State for the New Independent States (of the former Soviet Union). He was Deputy Executive Secretary of the State Department from 1992 to 1994, managing the policy process for Secretaries of State Lawrence Eagleburger and Warren Christopher, and before that was an aide to State Department Counselor and Undersecretary Zoellick. Early in his career, Ambassador Wilson served in the State Department's offices dealing with the Soviet Union and Egypt.

A native of Minneapolis, Minnesota, Ambassador Wilson received a bachelor's degree from the University of Minnesota and master's degrees from Columbia University and the US National War College. While in the diplomatic service, he won the President's Meritorious Service Award, as well as numerous Department of State awards and honors. He serves as Chairman of the Board of the Institute of Turkish Studies and is a member of the Academy of American Diplomacy, the American Foreign Service Association, the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Diplomatic and Consular Officers, Retired (DACOR), and the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs.