Spencer Boyer

Senior Fellow

Spencer P. Boyer is a Senior Fellow at the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement. He is also the Director of the Washington Office of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law and an Adjunct Professor in the BMW Center for German and European Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. His areas of focus include U.S. foreign policy and national security, transatlantic relations, European and Eurasian affairs, and Russian influence in Western democracies.

Mr. Boyer served in senior roles in both terms of the Obama administration. From 2009 – 2011, he was a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, where his portfolio included Western Europe, public diplomacy, and public affairs. From 2014 – 2017, he was the National Intelligence Officer (NIO) for Europe in the National Intelligence Council—the center for long-range strategic thinking within the U.S. Intelligence Community. As NIO, he served as the senior European affairs analyst and principal subject matter expert on Europe for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and as the primary bridge between the intelligence and policy communities on European affairs.

Mr. Boyer has been the executive director of a Georgetown University-based NGO and a senior analyst or visiting scholar with numerous think tanks, including the Center for American Progress, the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the Brookings Institution. He began his career as a lawyer with international courts and tribunals in The Hague, Zurich, and Paris. He has been a guest analyst with numerous news outlets, including CNN, BBC, MSNBC, FOX, ABC, and Voice of America, and is frequently quoted in print and online media around the world.

Mr. Boyer is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he specialized in public international law and the work of international organizations. While at NYU, he also obtained a master’s degree in French Studies, with a concentration in French politics, history, and economy. In addition, he has been a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School.

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