Ross Wilson

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Areas of Expertise

Turkey, US-Turkish relations, and the regions around Turkey; the states of the former Soviet Union and US relations with them; foreign policy strategy, development, integration, and execution; and counterterrorism, dispute settlement, democratic reform, energy, and trade.

Ambassador Ross Wilson is a distinguished senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and visiting lecturer in international affairs at George Washington University. Over the course of a thirty-year career in the US Foreign Service, he served as American ambassador to Turkey in 2005-08 and to Azerbaijan in 2000-03. Elsewhere overseas, he held assignments at the US embassies in Moscow and Prague and consulate general in Melbourne, Australia. In Washington, he was principal deputy to the ambassador-at-large and special advisor to the Secretary of State for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union in 1997-2000. He also served as deputy executive secretary of the State Department for Secretaries Baker, Eagleburger, and Christopher; chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick; chief US negotiator for the Free Trade Area of the Americas; and in the State Department’s offices dealing with the USSR and Egypt. In 2010-2014, Ambassador Wilson was director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, where he led the Council’s work on the former Soviet states, Turkey, and regional energy issues, and he organized the Council’s annual Energy and Economic Summit in Istanbul. He is a recipient of the president’s Meritorious Service Award, as well as numerous Department of State awards and honors. He serves as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Institute of Turkish Studies, vice chairman of the board of Global Minnesota, and on the Eurasia Foundation and American Voices advisory councils, and he holds memberships in the Academy of American Diplomacy, the American Foreign Service Association, the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.


Current Research

Turkey and US-Turkish relations.


MIA, Columbia University; MA US National War College; BA University of Minnesota

Classes Taught

Writing for International Policymakers