Ely Ratner

Executive Vice President and Director of Studies

Ely Ratner is the Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), where he is a member of the executive team and responsible for managing the Center’s research agenda and staff.

Ratner served from 2015 to 2017 as the deputy national security advisor to Vice President Joe Biden, and from 2011 to 2012 in the office of Chinese and Mongolian affairs at the State Department. He also previously worked in the U.S. Senate as a professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and in the office of Senator Joe Biden. Outside of government, Ratner has worked as the Maurice R. Greenberg senior fellow for China studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, a senior fellow and deputy director of the Asia-Pacific security program at CNAS, and as an associate political scientist at the RAND Corporation.

Ratner has testified before Congress and published widely on U.S.-China relations and U.S. national security strategy in Asia. His commentary and research have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Politico, Atlantic, Washington Quarterly, National Interest, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Chinese Journal of International Politics.

Ratner received his B.A. from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

Outside of CNAS, Ratner is providing outside informal counsel exclusively to the Biden campaign for President.

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  • Press Note
    • March 23, 2020
    CNAS Responds: Coronavirus Outbreak Tests Every Aspect of U.S. and International Security

    By Richard Fontaine, Ely Ratner, Loren DeJonge Schulman, Daniel Kliman, Susanna V. Blume, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Ilan Goldenberg, Paul Scharre, Martijn Rasser, Kara Frederick, COL Sarah Albrycht, Kristine Lee, Peter Harrell, John Hughes, Rachel Ziemba, Michael Horowitz, Elsa B. Kania, Will Mackenzie, Ashley Feng, Kaleigh Thomas, Carisa Nietsche, Emma Moore, Joshua Fitt, Nathalie Grogan, Megan Lamberth & Ainikki Riikonen

  • In The News
    • The Washington Post
    • January 29, 2020
    100 things the United States must do to compete with China

    By Ely Ratner & Eric Sayers

  • Reports
    • January 28, 2020
    Rising to the China Challenge

    By Ely Ratner, Daniel Kliman, Susanna V. Blume, ​Rush Doshi, Chris Dougherty, Richard Fontaine, Peter Harrell, Martijn Rasser, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Eric Sayers, Daleep Singh, Paul Scharre, Loren DeJonge Schulman, ​Neil Bhatiya, Ashley Feng, Joshua Fitt, Megan Lamberth, Kristine Lee & Ainikki Riikonen

  • Video
    • December 19, 2019
    CNAS: Bold Ideas for National Security

    By Susanna V. Blume, Kara Frederick, Kayla M. Williams, Loren DeJonge Schulman, Richard Fontaine, Kristine Lee, Andrea Kendall-Taylor, Ely Ratner, Paul Scharre, Elizabeth Rosenberg & Carrie Cordero

  • Commentary
    • Foreign Affairs
    • December 12, 2019
    Beyond the Trade War

    By Ely Ratner, Elizabeth Rosenberg & Paul Scharre

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