Hariri Center Director Michele Dunne and Senior Fellow Amy Hawthorne reflect on US policy toward the Middle East and North Africa in the two years since President Barack Obama promised to make it a top priority to support democracy and human rights in the region.
J. Peter Pham, director the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, was one of four experts invited to address a high-level international conference on the crisis in the Sahel region convened today in The Hague.
Rudolph Atallah, senior fellow in the Atlantic Council’s Michael S. Ansari Africa Center, testified at a House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on “The Growing Crisis in Africa’s Sahel Region.”
On the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to the United States, Energy & Environment Program Associate Director Mihaela Carstei joins CTV to discuss the Keystone Pipeline project that would transport tar sands oil from Canada and the northern United States to refineries in the Gulf coast of Texas.
Ross Wilson is director of the Dinu Patriciu Eurasia Center at the Atlantic Council and a lecturer in international affairs at The George Washington University.
In December 2008, he completed nearly three decades in the US Foreign Service, including six years as American ambassador to Turkey from 2005-2008 and to Azerbaijan from 2000-2003. 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 2003-2005. In 1997-2000, 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 in 1992-1994, 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.
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.
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. He is married to Margo Squire, who is a career diplomat with the State Department. They have two sons.
On May 30, the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center will release a new issue brief, The Kaleidoscope Turns Again in a Crisis-Challenged Iran, a discussion of Iran’s upcoming presidential elections.
From June 13-14, the 2013 Wrocław Global Forum will bring together over 350 top policy-makers and business leaders to explore the region’s impact as an actor in Europe, as well as its crucial role in the transatlantic partnership and on the global stage.