Executive Director, Bridging the Gap Project
Associate Political Scientist, RAND Corporation
Ely Ratner is an Associate Political Scientist at the Rand Corporation, where he performs research on a
broad range of national security issues, including China, the Middle East, counterinsurgency, and deterrence.
Ely has worked as a Professional Staff Member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, where he covered
the Middle East. More recently, he lived in Beijing, studied Mandarin, and wrote about the rise of China.
He has published articles on China, globalization, democratization, international relations among
developing nations, and the security implications of American unipolarity. His commentary has appeared
in Foreign Policy, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas, The Los
Angeles Times, and The San Francisco Chronicle. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science of the
University of California, Berkeley, and his B.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University,
where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. His portfolio is available at www.elyratner.com.