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Paul Coyer

Research Professor

Research Professor

Professional Experience

Paul Coyer serves as a Research Professor at The Institute of World Politics in Washington, D.C., as well as an Associate Professor at l’Ecole Speciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, the French Army’s equivalent of West Point. He is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at Italia-Atlantica, a think tank based in Rome, Italy, that seeks to cultivate stronger trans-Atlantic relations. Dr. Coyer’s research interests include Russia, China, Latin America and the role of extra-hemispheric powers (with particular reference to Venezuela), nationalism and national identity, and the role of religion and culture in global affairs.

Dr. Coyer has been a contributor to Forbes, writing on foreign and national security policy, and is a co-founder and contributing editor of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy. He has been published in leading publications in the United States and around the world, including The Washington Times, Azeri Today (Azerbaijan), and the Kyiv Post (Ukraine), as well as policy-oriented journals including Revue Conflits: Histoire, Géopolitique et Relations Internationales (France) and Italia-Atlantica’s online journal, policy publications such as Sovranità, democrazia e libertà (Italy), and by academic publishers such as National Defense University Press and Oxford University Press.

Dr. Coyer’s graduate degrees are from Yale University and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has lived and worked on assignments around the world in locations including Hong Kong (where he did a stint with Deutsche Bank) and Shanghai, where he undertook macro-economic research on China’s development and edited a book on the Shanghai stock exchange that was jointly published by JP Morgan and the South China Morning Post.

He has served as a guest lecturer at the University of Florence, Italy, and was a CS Lewis Scholar, living in CS Lewis’s home in Oxford, England. From 2007-2013, he was a Visiting Scholar at the Institute of European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University. He has spent time on Capitol Hill, serving as a staff member for the Senate Republican leadership, and, in the summer of 2016, he contributed to the foreign policy section of the Republican Party Platform. Dr. Coyer is also a sought-after speaker, having spoken recently at the United States Institute of Peace on the role of religion in the Ukraine conflict, testifying before the Helsinki Commission on U.S.-European relations, and speaking at European conferences on geopolitical trends, including the challenges from Russia and China, and on issues such as international religious liberty and nationalism. He most recently completed a speaking tour of Italy promoting his book L’Etica del Nazionalismo (The Ethics of Nationalism) and speaking on European-American cooperation on China. He is a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.