Ely Stefansky Ratner was born in 1977, works in Washington as an associate political scientist with the RAND Corporation. He graduated magna cum laude from Princeton and received a master’s and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley. He is a son of Esther and Dr. Joseph Ratner of Carlisle, Mass. His mother is an assistant professor of Romance studies at Brandeis University in Waltham, Mass. His father is the chief of psychiatry at the New England Rehabilitation Hospital in Woburn, Mass.
Dr. Ely Ratner is the Deputy Director of the Asia-Pacific Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. His research interests include U.S. national security strategy in Asia, China’s foreign relations in the region and the U.S.-China bilateral relationship.
Dr. Ratner recently served in the Office of Chinese and Mongolian Affairs at the State Department as the lead political officer covering China’s external relations in Asia. He was an International Affairs Fellow sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations. His portfolio included China’s activities in and relations with North Korea, Japan, Burma, the South China Sea and the Indian Ocean.
Prior to joining the State Department, Dr. Ratner was an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation, where he performed research and long-range analysis on the rise of China, the People’s Liberation Army and regional security in Asia. He previously worked in the U.S. Senate in the Office of Senator Joseph R. Biden, D-Del. and later as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
His commentary and research have appeared in Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, The Washington Quarterly, The National Interest, Democracy, Journal of Conflict Resolution, International Studies Review, Chinese Journal of International Politics, Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle. Dr. Ratner is a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations and previously served as an IC Associate and a Research Fellow in the inaugural class of the National Asia Research Program.
Dr. Ratner 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.
Dr. Ratner lives with his wife, Jennifer Lu Yang and son Ian in the Eastern Market neighborhood of Washington, D.C. They were married at Superior Court of the District of Columbia in Washington. Jennifer Lu Yang is studying for an M.B.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. She graduated from Stanford, California.