Ely Ratner

Vice President and Director of Studies

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Ely Ratner is the 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, publications, and research 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 TimesWashington PostWall Street JournalForeign AffairsForeign PolicyPolitico, Atlantic, Washington QuarterlyNational InterestJournal 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 graduate Phi Beta Kappa. He earned his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and children.

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