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.

  • May 19, 2015
  • Andrew Erickson, Alexander Sullivan, Elbridge Colby, Ely Ratner, Zachary Hosford
  • Reports

More Willing and Able: Charting China's International Security Activism

The Center for a New American Security (CNAS) Asia-Pacific Security Program has released a new report, More Willing and Able: Charting China’s International Security Activism. 

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  • 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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  • May 4, 2015
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  • In the News

Will China Crumble?

Senior Fellow Ely Ratner participated in Foreign Affairs' Brain Trust survey on "the future of the Chinese regime."

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  • April 10, 2015
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  • In the News

Revised defense rules would give Japan new powers to aid U.S. military

In a Washington Post article, Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner weighs in on defense guidelines between the U.S. and Japan.

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  • March 13, 2015
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  • In the News

Bank dispute fuels US-China rivalry

Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner weighs in on bank disputes between the U.S. and China.

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  • March 12, 2015
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  • In the News

Make or break for vital trade agreement with United States: Andrew Robb

Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner says failure of the TPP would create a vacuum to be filled by China and others.

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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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  • April 21, 2015
  • Ely Ratner, Ilan Goldenberg
  • Op-eds

ARGUMENT China’s Middle East Tightrope

Director of the Middle East Security Program Ilan Goldenberg and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Ely Ratner discuss China’s role in the Middle East.

    

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  • April 20, 2015
  • Ely Ratner, Ilan Goldenberg
  • Op-eds

China's Middle East Tightrope

In a Foreign Policy op-ed, senior fellows Ilan Goldenberg and Dr. Ely Ratner examine China's relationship with Saudi Arabia and Iran.

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  • March 8, 2015
  • Michele Flournoy, Ely Ratner
  • Op-eds

A Trade Deal With a Bonus For National Security

CEO Michele Flournoy and Senior Fellow Dr. Ely Ratner pen an op-ed on the Trade Promotion Authority and the potential national security windfall of the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

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  • March 2, 2015
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  • Op-eds

Can Washington do more to stop PRC land reclamation?

Dr. Ely Ratner, Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program, pens an op-ed as part of War on the Rocks' series on China's Menacing Sandcastles in the South China Sea.

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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 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 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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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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  • 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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  • January 5, 2015
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  • Videos

Where Are the Spratly Islands and Why Do They Matter?

Senior Fellow Ely Ratner discusses why six nations are contesting sovereignty over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. He speaks on “In The Loop.”

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  • November 11, 2014
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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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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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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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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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