Building U.S.-Indonesia Mutual Understanding Since 1994

Ellen Frost

Dr. Ellen L. Frost is a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for International Economics and an Adjunct Research Fellow at the National Defense University’s Institute of National Strategic Studies (INSS). She recently received a two-year grant to write a book on “community-building” and integration in Asia. She is also advising INSS on a forthcoming seminar series on the rise of China and its impact on the rest of Asia. (For purposes of her research, “Asia” includes India as well as East and Southeast Asia.) A major purpose of her April 2005 to Paris, Brussels, and The Hague is to solicit European perspectives on these topics.

Dr. Frost served as Counselor to the U.S. 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 as a legislative assistant in the U.S. Senate (1972-74). During the 1980s she worked in the corporate sector. She is the author of For Richer, For Poorer: The New US-Japan Relationship (1987) and Transatlantic Trade: A Strategic Agenda (1997), and co-editor of The Global Century: Globalization and National Security (2001), as well as numerous articles. In 2002-04 she was a member of the National Commission on U.S.-Indonesian Relations. She currently serves on the Public Diplomacy Council and on the board of trustees of Enterprise Works Vita, a non-government, non-profit organization dedicated to poverty relief in the world’s poorest countries.

Dr. Frost is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York and the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in l945, she received a Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard University, where she specialized in the politics and foreign policy of China; an M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, where she studied international relations and Soviet foreign policy; and a B.A. from Radcliffe College.