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Spencer Boyer

Public Policy Scholar
Global Europe Program

Expertise:
Global Governance
;
Migration
;
Security and Defense
;
U.S. Politics
;
Europe
;
Russia and Eurasia
Affiliation:
Visiting Senior Fellow, Center for Transatlantic Relations, School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), Johns Hopkins University.
Wilson Center Project(s):
Furthering Inclusion and Tolerance in Europe: U.S. and European Perspectives
Term:
Jan 07, 2013
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Apr 30, 2013

Mr. Boyer is a Visiting Senior Fellow at the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. From August 2009 – December 2011, Mr. Boyer served in the Obama administration as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs. His work in the bureau focused on Western Europe, public diplomacy, and public affairs. Prior to joining the State Department, Mr. Boyer was the Director of International Law and Diplomacy at the Center for American Progress.

Mr. Boyer began his professional career as an Associate with the international law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Washington, D.C. 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 the Executive Director and War Powers Initiative Director at the Constitution Project, based at Georgetown University's Public Policy Institute, and as a Corporate Affairs Director at a Fortune 500 company in San Francisco.

Mr. Boyer has been a guest analyst with numerous news outlets, including CNN, BBC, MSNBC, FOX, ABC, and Voice of America, and is widely published on foreign affairs matters. Among other professional distinctions, Mr. Boyer served on the Independent Task Force on U.S. Nuclear Weapons Policy at the Council on Foreign Relations and was a Wasserstein Public Interest Fellow at Harvard Law School.

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.

Project Summary

Mr. Boyer's project is examining U.S. and European efforts to further tolerance and inclusion of immigrant and minority groups in Europe, and exploring possible avenues for greater collaboration.

Major Publications

 

  • Co-editor, Power and Superpower: Leadership and Exceptionalism in the 21st Century (The Century Foundation Press, 2007)
  • Author, Learning from Each Other: The Integration of Immigrant and Minority Groups in the United States and Europe (Center for American Progress, April 2009)
  • Co-author, The Neglected Alliance: Restoring U.S.-Turkish Relations to Meet 21st Century Challenges (Center for American Progress, December 2008)

 

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