Wilson
Interim Chargé d'Affaires to Georgia & Former Ambassador to Turkey and Azerbaijan, U.S. Department of State
2018 Speaker • 2019 Speaker

Tbilisi, Georgia

Ambassador Ross Wilson is a distinguished senior fellow at the Atlantic Council and visiting lecturer in international affairs at George Washington University.

Over his 30-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, Wilson served as ambassador to Turkey in 2005–08 and to Azerbaijan in 2000–03. He also held assignments at the U.S. embassies in Moscow and Prague and was consulate general in Melbourne, Australia. In Washington, D.C., Wilson 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 served as deputy executive secretary of the State Department for Secretaries James Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger and Warren Christopher; chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick. In 2010–14 Wilson was director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, where he led work on the former Soviet states and Turkey and on regional energy issues.

Ambassador Wilson received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and master’s degrees from Columbia University and the National War College. He is a recipient of the president’s Meritorious Service Award, as well as numerous Department of State honors. He serves as chairman of the board of governors of the Institute of Turkish Studies, chair-elect of the board of Global Minnesota and on advisory councils for the Eurasia Foundation and American Voices. He is married to Margo Squire and lives in the Minneapolis–St. Paul area.