Ambassador Ross Wilson arrived to take up duties as chargé d’affaires, ad interim, at the American Embassy in Tbilisi, Georgia on November 8, 2018. Over the course of a thirty-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service, he served as American ambassador to Turkey (2005-2008) and Azerbaijan (2000-2003). Elsewhere overseas, he held assignments at the U.S. embassies in Moscow and Prague and Consulate General in Melbourne, Australia.
In Washington, Ambassador 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 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 while on detail to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; 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.
Ambassador Wilson presently serves as a distinguished senior fellow at the Atlantic Council, visiting lecturer in international affairs at George Washington University, chairman of the board of the Institute of Turkish Studies, and chair-elect of the board of Global Minnesota. 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. A native of Minneapolis, Ambassador Wilson received a B.A. from the University of Minnesota and M.A.s 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 awards and honors. Ambassador Wilson is married to Margo Squire, formerly a career diplomat with the U.S. Information Agency and State Department.