Ellen Frost, visiting fellow 2004–12 and previously senior fellow (1991–93, 1995–98), is an adjunct research fellow at the National Defense University's Institute of National Strategic Studies. Her most recent book is Asia's New Regionalism (Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008), which describes the resurgence of maritime Asia, analyzes the Asian integration movement, assesses China's growing regional influence, and derives implications for US policy.
Frost 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), in 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. In addition to her new book, she is the author of For Richer, For Poorer: The New US-Japan Relationship (Council on Foreign Relations, 1987), Transatlantic Trade: A Strategic Agenda (1997), and numerous articles. She was also coeditor of The Global Century: Globalization and National Security (University Press of the Pacific, 2001).
Frost is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York, the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London, US committee of CSCAP (Council on Security Cooperation in Asia Pacific), and the Public Diplomacy Council. In 2002-04 she was a member of the National Commission on US-Indonesian Relations. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1945, Frost received a PhD from the Department of Government at Harvard University, where she specialized in the politics and foreign policy of China; an MA from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; and a BA from Radcliffe College.