DirectorRoss Wilson is director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council and a lecturer in international affairs at The George Washington University.
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.
November 01, 2013After long deliberation, Turkey announced September 26 its selection of China’s FD-2000 air and missile defense system over competitors from the United States (Patriot), Europe (SAMP/T), and Russia (S-400).
October 18, 2013Ross Wilson, director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, is quoted in Ozymandias on Kazakhstan's exponential growth over the past few decades:
August 17, 2013Amb. Ross Wilson, director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center, argues that the South Caucasus is a significant priority for US policymakers in an interview with Today.az:
August 07, 2013Turkey’s long-running case against alleged plotters to overthrow the government reached another milestone on August 5 when an Istanbul court handed down sentences in the so-called Ergenekon affair. The results were astounding. According to lists published in the Turkish media,…
July 28, 2013Reports that Turkish F-16s will fly reconnaissance flights along the Syrian frontier highlight rising alarm over border security and suggest a further internationalization of the civil war in Syria with implications for it, Turkey, and the region's Kurds.