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Spencer P. Boyer is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. His areas of analysis include trans-Atlantic security relations, the future of the European Union, populism, extremism, Turkey, and Russian influence in Europe. He is also the director of the Washington Office of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law; an adjunct professor in the BMW Center for German and European Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; and a senior fellow in the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania.

Boyer served in senior roles in both terms of the Obama administration. From 2014 to 2017, he was the national intelligence officer (NIO) for Europe in the National Intelligence Council (NIC)—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. During the first term of the administration, he served as a deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, where his areas of responsibility included Western Europe, public diplomacy, and public affairs.

Boyer began his professional career as an associate with the international law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington. Subsequently, he worked in The Hague as a law clerk to the president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; in Zurich as a staff attorney at the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland; and in Paris as counsel at the International Court of Arbitration. He has also served as executive director and War Powers Initiative director at the Constitution Project, based at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, and as a Security and Peace Initiative Fellow and director of International Law and Diplomacy at the Center for American Progress. Directly before joining the NIC, Boyer was a visiting scholar and senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and a public policy scholar in the Global Europe Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Boyer has been a guest analyst with numerous international, national, and local news outlets, including CNN, BBC, MSNBC, FOX, ABC, and Voice of America. He is widely published on foreign affairs matters and is co-editor of “Power and Superpower: Global Leadership and Exceptionalism in the 21st Century” (The Century Foundation Press, 2007). Among other professional distinctions, he is a senior counselor in APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council and is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. He is also on the advisory board of Protect Our Defenders, the only national organization solely dedicated to ending the epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. military.

He has been a visiting professor at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain and a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School. In addition, he served on the Independent Task Force on U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy (chaired by former Secretary of Defense William Perry and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft) at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia, New York, and New Jersey, and is a member of CFR. 

Affiliations
APCO Worldwide, International Advisory Council, senior counselor
BMW Center for German and European Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, adjunct professor
Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law, Washington Office, director
Council on Foreign Relations, member
Penn Biden Center, University of Pennsylvania, senior fellow

Spencer P. Boyer is a nonresident senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. His areas of analysis include trans-Atlantic security relations, the future of the European Union, populism, extremism, Turkey, and Russian influence in Europe. He is also the director of the Washington Office of the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law; an adjunct professor in the BMW Center for German and European Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; and a senior fellow in the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania.

Boyer served in senior roles in both terms of the Obama administration. From 2014 to 2017, he was the national intelligence officer (NIO) for Europe in the National Intelligence Council (NIC)—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. During the first term of the administration, he served as a deputy assistant secretary of state for European and Eurasian Affairs, where his areas of responsibility included Western Europe, public diplomacy, and public affairs.

Boyer began his professional career as an associate with the international law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington. Subsequently, he worked in The Hague as a law clerk to the president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia; in Zurich as a staff attorney at the Claims Resolution Tribunal for Dormant Accounts in Switzerland; and in Paris as counsel at the International Court of Arbitration. He has also served as executive director and War Powers Initiative director at the Constitution Project, based at Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute, and as a Security and Peace Initiative Fellow and director of International Law and Diplomacy at the Center for American Progress. Directly before joining the NIC, Boyer was a visiting scholar and senior fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University and a public policy scholar in the Global Europe Program of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Boyer has been a guest analyst with numerous international, national, and local news outlets, including CNN, BBC, MSNBC, FOX, ABC, and Voice of America. He is widely published on foreign affairs matters and is co-editor of “Power and Superpower: Global Leadership and Exceptionalism in the 21st Century” (The Century Foundation Press, 2007). Among other professional distinctions, he is a senior counselor in APCO Worldwide’s International Advisory Council and is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. He is also on the advisory board of Protect Our Defenders, the only national organization solely dedicated to ending the epidemic of sexual assault in the U.S. military.

He has been a visiting professor at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain and a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School. In addition, he served on the Independent Task Force on U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy (chaired by former Secretary of Defense William Perry and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft) at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia, New York, and New Jersey, and is a member of CFR. 

Affiliations
APCO Worldwide, International Advisory Council, senior counselor
BMW Center for German and European Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, adjunct professor
Brennan Center for Justice, NYU School of Law, Washington Office, director
Council on Foreign Relations, member
Penn Biden Center, University of Pennsylvania, senior fellow

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