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Spencer Boyer

Former national intelligence officer for Europe at the U.S. National Intelligence Council

Spencer P. Boyer is a member of APCO’s International Advisory Council. 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 with the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University; and a Senior Fellow with the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement at the University of Pennsylvania. From 2017 – 2019, he was a Nonresident Senior Fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe at the Brookings Institution.

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 areas of responsibility 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 (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.

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, CTV (Canada), and Voice of America, and is frequently quoted in print and online media around the world. He is widely published on foreign affairs and is co-editor of Power and Superpower: Global Leadership and Exceptionalism in the 21st Century (The Century Foundation Press, 2007) and a contributor to Our American Story: The Search for a Shared National Narrative (Potomac Books, 2019). Among other professional distinctions, he is on the Board of Directors of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation and is a Steering Committee Member of the Transatlantic Democracy Working Group. 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. He is admitted to the Bars of the District of Columbia, New York, and New Jersey, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Boyer is a graduate of Wesleyan University and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was awarded a fellowship to specialize 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 grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland and Washington, D.C., where he attended Sidwell Friends School. He is an active alumnus with his alma maters and was a 2006 recipient of the Wesleyan University Service Award. He continues to engage locally through his service as a youth sports coach in Takoma Park, MD.

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