Spencer Phipps Boyer


Spencer P. Boyer is an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the BMW Center for German and European Studies at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, focusing on the history, theory, and practice of U.S. public diplomacy in Europe and Russia. He is also a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution. His areas of analysis include transatlantic security relations, the future of the European Union, populism, extremism, Turkey, and Russian influence in Europe. In addition, Mr. Boyer has affiliations with public affairs and security-focused consulting firms based in Washington, D.C. and Silicon Valley: he is a Senior Counselor in APCO Worldwide's International Advisory Council and a Senior Advisor and Director of Research at Sentinel Resource Group.

Mr. Boyer served in senior roles in both terms of the Obama administration. From 2014 - 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.

Mr. 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, Mr. 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.

Mr. 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, Mr. Boyer has been a Visiting Professor at the University of Deusto in Bilbao, Spain and a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School. He also 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.

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, Mr. Boyer has done intensive language studies at Middlebury College and studied in Cameroon with the School for International Training. He is a native of Washington, D.C., where he attended Sidwell Friends School. 

Areas of expertise include: U.S. national security and intelligence, transatlantic relations, European affairs, international law and institutions, and U.S. public diplomacy.