Dr. Ely Ratner

  • Asia-Pacific Security

Dr. Ely Ratner is Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Prior to joining CNAS he served on the China Desk at the State Department as the lead political officer covering China’s external relations in Asia. He has also worked as an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation and as a Professional Staff Member on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Dr. Ratner has testified as an expert witness on Asian security affairs before the U.S. Congress and the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission. His commentary and research have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Quarterly, The National Interest, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Quarterly and Chinese Journal of International Politics, among others. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of California, Berkeley and his B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa.

  • November 12, 2014
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  • Policy Briefs

The Obama-Xi Summit: Three Essential Messages from Washington

Asia-Pacific Security Deputy Director Ely Ratner examines and Obama-Xi Summit and provides three messages from Washington.

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  • November 11, 2014
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  • Other Resources

Can China Make Peace in the South China Sea?

Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner argues that in recent years, China become not only more assertive but has also been increasingly engaging in unilateral coercion to advance its claims in the South China Sea.

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  • May 21, 2014
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  • Policy Briefs

A Summer Calendar for Advancing U.S. Policy toward the South China Sea

Asia-Pacific Security Deputy Director Dr. Ely Ratner authors the agenda “A Summer Calendar for U.S. Policy toward the South China Sea,” detailing specific actions the United States should take in the coming months to breathe new life into U.S. policy and enhance U.S. economic and security interests in Asia.

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  • March 20, 2014
  • Patrick M. Cronin, Ely Ratner, Elbridge Colby, Zachary Hosford
  • Reports

Tailored Coercion: Competition and Risk in Maritime Asia

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"Tailored Coercion: Competition and Risk in Maritime Asia," written by the CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Program, analyzes competition and security risks in Maritime Asia.

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  • March 13, 2014
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  • Congressional Testimony

CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Deputy Director Dr. Ely Ratner at U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

CNAS' Dr. Ely Ratner testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on "China and the Evolving Security Dynamics in East Asia.”

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  • February 27, 2014
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  • Congressional Testimony

CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Deputy Director Dr. Ely Ratner at HASC Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

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CNAS' Dr. Ely Ratner testified on February 27 before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces regarding capabilities to support the Asia rebalance.

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  • November 25, 2013
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  • Reports

Resident Power: Building a Politically Sustainable U.S. Military Presence in Southeast Asia and Australia

Dr. Ely Ratner, Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program offers “the first comprehensive strategy for building a politically sustainable force posture in Southeast Asia and Australia.”

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  • June 10, 2013
  • Ely Ratner, Patrick M. Cronin, Richard Fontaine, Zachary Hosford
  • Reports

The Emerging Asia Power Web: The Rise of Bilateral Intra-Asian Security Ties

The Emerging Asia Power Web

The Asia team at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) explores the “Asia Power Web," a term the team developed to describe the growing trend of intra-Asian defense and security cooperation among six key countries – Australia, India, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam. 

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  • February 1, 2013
  • Zachary Hosford, Ely Ratner
  • Commentaries

The Challenge of Chinese Revisionism: The Expanding Role of China’s Non-Military Maritime Vessels

The Challenge of Chinese Revisionism: The Expanding Role of China’s Non-Military

Recent actions by China’s non-military law enforcement vessels pose one of the most immediate threats to peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region. In The Challenge of Chinese Revisionism: The Expanding Role of China's Non-Military Maritime Vessels, CNAS experts Zachary M. Hosford and Ely Ratner argue that the United States, together with its allies and partners, will need a new strategic approach to meet this emerging challenge.

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  • October 5, 2012
  • John A. Nagl, Kristin M. Lord, Melissa Dalton, Colin H. Kahl, David W. Barno, USA (Ret.), Ely Ratner, Jacob Stokes, Nancy Brune, Patrick M. Cronin, Richard Fontaine, Travis Sharp, Will Rogers
  • Reports

National Security Guide to the 2012 Presidential Election

National Security Guide to the 2012 Presidential Election

The Center for a New American Security's National Security Guide to the 2012 Presidential Election draws on the expertise of CNAS scholars to provide readers with a fact-based, non-ideological assessment of the critical national security issues that the next president must address. The guide, edited by Kay King, Senior Advisor and Director of External Relations, and Researcher Jacob Stokes, is intended to help American voters, global partners and other interested observers better understand the national security issues that are at stake in this election and that will impact the nation for decades to come.

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  • November 20, 2014
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  • In the News

Obama's Asia tour relaunches his efforts on 'legacy' issues

Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner weighs in on the impact of President Obama's trip to Asia in a Los Angeles Times article.

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  • November 17, 2014
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  • In the News

Obama's Asia Tour Relaunches His Efforts on 'Legacy' Issues

Asia-Pacific Security Deputy Director Ely Ratner weighs in on President Obama's recent trip to Asia.

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  • November 14, 2014
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  • In the News

China v America: Brinkmanship and Statemanship

Asia-Pacific Security Deputy Director Ely Ratner discusses Australia's critical role as a swing state in Asia.

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  • November 13, 2014
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  • In the News

U.S. Policy Makers Could See Opportunity in China’s Rise

Asia-Pacific Security Deputy Director Ely Ratner weighs in on U.S. policy makers' opportunities in China.

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  • November 12, 2014
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  • In the News

Obama pushes for a 'legacy' trade deal in Asia

Asia-Pacific Security Deputy Director Ely Ratner's Foreign Policy piece, "The False Cry of the Pivot Deniers," is cited in a BBC article.

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  • November 11, 2014
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  • In the News

Obama, Xi likely to focus on common ground in meeting on sidelines of Apec

In a Straits Times article, Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner discusses President Obama's agenda at the APEC summit in Beijing.

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  • October 29, 2014
  • Zachary Hosford, Ely Ratner
  • In the News

China’s use of non-military vessels disrupting regional security

An article authored by Zachary Hosford and Ely Ratner was referenced by Philadelphia Star.

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  • September 30, 2014
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  • Press Notes

CNAS Press Note: Protests in Hong Kong

Center for a New American Security Senior Fellow and Asia-Pacific Security Program Deputy Director Ely Ratner has written a new Press Note explaining the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong and the challenges the situation presents Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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  • September 29, 2014
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  • In the News

Ilham Tohti and Islamic State: How China Defines Terrorism

The Diplomat cites Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Ely Ratner on whether the U.S. and China can work together to fight terrorism.

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  • September 26, 2014
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  • In the News

Good Morning, Vietnam

Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner in Foreign Policy comments on the opportunity for the United States to deter Chinese aggression by ending a decades-old arms embargo on Vietnam.

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  • November 24, 2014
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  • Op-eds

How the United States can counter the ambitions of Russia and China

In the Sunday edition of The Washington Post, Senior Fellow Ely Ratner and Thomas Wright (Brookings) argue that the United States must respond to potential revisionist challenges in Europe and Asia.

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  • November 24, 2014
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  • Op-eds

China Scores

In Foreign Affairs, Senior Fellow Ely Ratner and Matthew Goodman (CSIS) describe how the United States should respond to China’s economic activism in Asia.

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  • November 18, 2014
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  • Op-eds

Trading Up

Asia-Pacific Security Deputy Director Ely Ratner discusses why the Trans-Pacific Partnership could be good for China.

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  • November 11, 2014
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  • Op-eds

Straight Talk on the South China Sea

Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner co-authors a piece in Defense One on the South China Sea in preparation for the President’s trip to China and summit with Xi.

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  • November 7, 2014
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  • Op-eds

A Response to Lyle Goldstein's “How China Sees America's Moves in Asia”

Ely Ratner co-authors a response to Lyle Goldstein's recent article.

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  • November 5, 2014
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  • Op-eds

Engagement and Assurance: Debating the U.S.-Chinese Relationship

Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner co-authors an op-ed in The National Interest responding to Lyle Goldstein's "How China Sees America’s Moves in Asia."

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  • October 24, 2014
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  • Op-eds

Making Bank

In his latest Foreign Policy article, Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner examines why China’s new infrastructure bank represents a challenge to the global order.

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  • September 29, 2014
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  • Op-eds

Should the U.S. Cooperate with China on Terrorism?

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Ely Ratner deliberates U.S.-China counterterrorism cooperation in ChinaFile

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  • September 15, 2014
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  • Op-eds

Is Abbott spreading Australia too thin?

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Ely Ratner deliberates Australias globalist ambitions in the Lowy Interpreter
 

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  • August 19, 2014
  • Ely Ratner, Elizabeth Rosenberg
  • Op-eds

Pointless Punishment

Senior Fellow and Director of the Energy, Environment and Security Program Elizabeth Rosenberg and Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Ely Ratner discuss how sanctions on Russia will hurt U.S. interests and partners in Asia in Foreign Affairs.

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  • March 13, 2014
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  • Congressional Testimony

CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Deputy Director Dr. Ely Ratner at U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission

CNAS' Dr. Ely Ratner testified before the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission on "China and the Evolving Security Dynamics in East Asia.”

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  • February 27, 2014
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  • Congressional Testimony

CNAS Asia-Pacific Security Deputy Director Dr. Ely Ratner at HASC Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces

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CNAS' Dr. Ely Ratner testified on February 27 before the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces regarding capabilities to support the Asia rebalance.

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  • November 11, 2014
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  • Videos

Channel News Asia: President Obama's Trip to Asia

During a Channel News Asia segment, Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner weighs in on President Obama's trip to Asia.

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  • November 11, 2014
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  • Videos

Obama Brings Sober View of China to APEC: Ratner

Asia-Pacific Security Director Dr. Ely Ratner breaks down President Barack Obama’s agenda at the APEC summit in China with Erik Schatzker on Bloomberg's “Market Makers.”

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  • November 11, 2014
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  • Audio

President Obama in Asia: will midterm losses affect trade, security abroad?

Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner joins Take Two to discuss President Obama's trip to Asia and the midterm election result's effect on global influence.

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  • October 10, 2014
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Ratner: The United States is responsible for the tension

Phoenix TV covered Dr. Ely Ratner remarks on the future of U.S.-China relations during the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore

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  • August 29, 2014
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Video: ON THE LINE: The Asia Pivot

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Ely Ratner appears on Voice of America's "On the Line" to discuss the U.S. foreign relations with Asia. 

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  • March 11, 2014
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  • Videos

Video: From Unilateral Changes to the Status - Managing Air Commons in Maritime Asia

On March 7, the Asia-Pacific Security Program held a discussion on how to effectively safeguard the air commons in maritime Asia. This is the second panel.

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