Dr. Coyer covers foreign policy, with a focus on Eurasia, for Forbes, and is a Contributing Editor for Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy, published by the Institute for Religion and Democracy. He also serves as an Associate Professor at the École Spéciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr.
His first two degrees were in theology, including an MA in theological ethics from Yale Divinity School. While at Yale Dr. Coyer also spent time in the History Department, studying the impact of Christianity on America's founding and on the American revolution with Skip Stout and Jon Butler, as well as Chinese history from the late Ming Dynasty through the establishment of the People's Republic of China with Jonathan Spence. Dr. Coyer served as a graduate assistant for Professor Spence, assisting in teaching his course on the formation of modern China to Yale undergrads.
After Yale Dr. Coyer did an MA in the international history of East Asia from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He wrote his PhD, from the LSE, on the role played by Congress and US domestic politics in shaping the opening to China under President Nixon and its development under Presidents Ford and Carter. During the period of his PhD research, Dr. Coyer was a Scholar in Residence with the CS Lewis Foundation, living in CS Lewis' home in Oxford.
Dr. Coyer has lived and worked in several locations around the world, including Shanghai where he co-authored a macro-economic research study on China's development for a boutique British financial firm and edited a book on the Shanghai stock exchange that was jointly published by JPMorgan and the South China Morning Post. He has also worked in Hong Kong, where he did a brief stint with Deutsche Bank. He has also undertaken academic research in various locations including in Moscow, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.
Prior to entering academia, Dr. Coyer served as a professional staff member for two years in the US Senate for the Senate Republican Policy Committee. From 2007-2013 he was Visiting Scholar at the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and he occasionally serves as a visiting lecturer on Chinese foreign policy and Sino-American relations at the University of Florence, Italy.
Dr. Coyer is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.