Ross Wilson

  • Assessing the Challenges and Opportunities in the Caucasus and Central Asia

    On June 19, the Atlantic Council Eurasia Center hosted a discussion on the IMF’s recent presentation "Two Decades of Transition in Caucasus and Central Asia: Taking Stock and the Road Ahead." Dr. Juha Kähkönen, a deputy director of the IMF’s Middle East and Central Asia department spoke about the major achievements and the remaining challenges in the monetary and fiscal policies of the emerging markets in the region. Ambassador William Courtney, former US ambassador to Georgia and Kazakhstan focused on the interaction between politics and the economy. The discussion was moderated by Ambassador Ross Wilson, director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center.
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  • Protests in Turkey: What's Next?

    On June 5, 2013, the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center hosted a members' conference call with former US Ambassador to Turkey and Director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center Ross Wilson and the newly appointed Council Nonresident Senior Fellow Dr. Sabine Freizer on the current protests in Turkey and what to expect next.

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  • Erdogan's Self-Inflicted Wounds

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    In soccer, an “own goal” is scored when a player accidentally hits the ball into his own net. The poor handling by Turkish authorities of demonstrations in Istanbul’s Taksim Square that spilled over to Ankara, Izmir and cities all over the country constitutes an own goal that now undermines the political prospects of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his ruling Justice and Development (AK) Party.


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  • Stand with Our Allies on Syria

    Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan comes to Washington at a time of domestic crisis over car bombings at Reyhanlı on the Syrian border that killed over 50 and resulted in hundreds of wounded, many seriously. The Turkish public, which has never supported Ankara’s tough line on President Bashar al-Assad, is alarmed. Syria was already going to be Topic 1 for Erdoğan’s May 16 meetings with President Barack Obama, but everything about the Syria conversation now takes on a different character for the Turkish leader – and the United States. The stakes are high.


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  • Israeli Apology to Turkey Big First Step But Not Sea Change

    Israeli Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu phoned Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on March 22 to apologize for the May 2010 Mavi Marmara incident and move toward normalizing bilateral relations that have been in the deep freeze since June 2010. President Obama clearly played a direct role in orchestrating the call that took place as his historic first visit to Israel was ending, capping over two years of US diplomacy aimed at reconciling these two key allies whose estrangement has complicated American policy in the region. While this is a big step forward and a success for Obama personally, do not expect any sea change in the relationship between Jerusalem and Ankara, whose dynamics will for the foreseeable future remain clouded.


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  • Kurdish Leader: End Armed Struggle

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    Turkey’s long-time nemesis Abdullah Öcalan, leader of the so-called Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), delivered an historic message on the March 21 Nowruz holiday that marks the beginning of spring calling for a new beginning between Kurds and Turks.


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  • The European Union's External Energy Policy Priorities with Special Focus on Russia and Ukraine

    On March 5, the Atlantic Council’s Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center and Energy and Environment Program  held an off-the-record discussion on “The European Union’s External Energy Policy Priorities with Special Focus on Russia and Ukraine.”
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  • Ankara Embassy Bombing: Not Another Benghazi

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    Once again, hearts and prayers go out to a victim of a terrorist assault on a US diplomatic establishment.  The February 1 suicide attack on the American embassy in Ankara claimed one wounded, a visiting Turkish journalist, and two dead–embassy security guard Mustafa Akarsu and the bomber himself. 


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  • Murder in France, Fragile Opening in Turkey

    Who carried out the execution of three women prominent in the European branch of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) in Paris on January 9 and what was their intended message are unclear.


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  • Energy and Security from the Caspian to Europe


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