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 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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  • 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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  • September 2, 2014
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  • In the News

A Master Plan to Counter China's Growing Military Might?

War on the Rocks mentions Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Ely Ratner in a review of Robert Haddick's book, Fire on the Water: China, America and the Future of the Pacific.

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  • July 16, 2014
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  • In the News

China Undeterred and Unapologetic

In an op-ed for War on the Rocks, Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Ely Ratner examines China's movements in the South China Sea as a progression from "reactive" to "proactive assertion." 

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  • July 14, 2014
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  • In the News

US-China relations: Head to head

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Ely Ratner describes in a Financial Times article the tense strategic competition which defines current U.S.-China security relations.

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  • July 9, 2014
  • Ely Ratner, Michele Flournoy
  • In the News

Taiwan ‘to cast cloud’ over Beijing talks

Taipei Times article cites CEO Michèle Flournoy and Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Ely Ratner on U.S. strategy to counter "China's destabilizing actions in the East and South China Seas."

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  • May 27, 2014
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  • In the News

You Sank My Fishing Ship!

Asia-Pacific Security Program Deputy Director Dr. Ely Ratner weighs in on the sinking of a Vietnamese fishing boat in a Foreign Policy article.

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  • May 21, 2014
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  • In the News

Spying Fuels U.S.-Sino Friction Year After Obama-Xi Talks

Dr. Ely Ratner, deputy director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at CNAS, comments on the future of the U.S.-China relationship in a Bloomberg article.

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  • May 19, 2014
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  • In the News

China's Escalation In The South China Sea Is Unprecedented

Business Insider cites Dr. Ely Ratner, deputy director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program, regarding tensions in the South China Sea.

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  • May 16, 2014
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  • In the News

China Has Strategic Confidence (So Expect Tensions to Continue)

The Diplomat discusses three things Asia-Pacific Security Program Deputy Director Ely Ratner expected President to do while in Japan. 

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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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  • August 5, 2014
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  • Op-eds

Chinese Assertiveness Has Asia on Edge: How to Respond

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Ely Ratner examines how countries in Asia are responding to China's assertiveness in The National Interest.

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  • July 23, 2014
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  • Op-eds

Australia's new activism: The view from Washington

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Ely Ratner discusses Australia's independent foreign policy maneuvers aimed towards deepening economic and security relationships with both regional powers and the U.S.

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  • July 16, 2014
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  • Op-eds

A Plan to Counter Chinese Aggression

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, Asia-Pacific Security Program Deputy Director Dr. Ely Ratner notes the United States "will have to do more than keep its policy on autopilot and hope for the region to push back against Beijing."

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  • July 10, 2014
  • Ely Ratner, Michele Flournoy
  • Op-eds

China’s territorial advances must be kept in check by the United States

CEO Hon. Michèle Flournoy and Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Dr. Ely Ratner write in The Washington Post  on how China's simultaneously increasing cooperation and assertive behavior will impact the international order.

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  • July 9, 2014
  • Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ely Ratner
  • Op-eds

China Has Russia Over a Barrel

Dr. Ely Ratner and Elizabeth Rosenberg discuss devleopments in the Russian-Chinese relationship regarding a multibillion-dollar energy deal in a Foreign Policy article.

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  • July 9, 2014
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  • Op-eds

The False Cry of the Pivot Deniers

Senior Fellow and Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program Ely Ratner penned an article in Foreign Policy on the skeptics who believe the pivot to Asia is an illusion.

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  • December 5, 2013
  • Ely Ratner, Patrick M. Cronin, Richard Fontaine
  • Op-eds

Asians Hedge Against China

Richard Fontaine, Dr. Patrick Cronin and Dr. Ely Ratner pen an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal discussing how Beijing's regional aggression inadvertently propels closer relations between Washington's allies.

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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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  • October 10, 2014
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  • Videos

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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  • Videos

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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