Ellen L. Frost

Senior Advisor, EWC in Washington
Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of National Strategic Studies, National Defense University
ellefrost [at] earthlink.net
Harvard University, PhD; Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, MA; Radcliffe College, BA
Area of Expertise: 

Asian economic trends and their security implications; Asian regionalism; Prospects for the US re-balancing strategy; roles of ASEAN, China, Japan, and India in the region

Dr. Ellen L. Frost is a Senior Advisor and Fellow at the East-West Center and a Visiting Distinguished Research Fellow at the National Defense University's Institute of National Strategic Studies. She writes and lectures frequently on Asia-related topics, especially Indo-Pacific political-economic issues and their strategic and security implications. Her most recent book is Asia's New Regionalism. She is also the author of For Richer, For Poorer: The New U.S.-Japan Relationship and Transatlantic Trade: A Strategic Agenda.

Dr. Frost previously served in the US government as Counselor to the US Trade Representative (1993–95), Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Economic and Technology Affairs (1977-81), various positions in the Treasury Department (1974–77) and the State Department (1963), and as a legislative assistant in the US Senate (1972–74).

During the 1980s she worked for two multinational corporations. From 1996 to 2014 she was a senior fellow and subsequently visiting fellow at the Institute for International Economics. Dr. Frost is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute of Strategic Studies, and the U.S. Committee of CSCAP (Council on Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific). She also serves on the board of Relief International, a non-profit international humanitarian and development organization. She received a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University, an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, and a BA from Radcliffe College, Harvard University.