Professional Experience

Paul Coyer serves as a Research Professor at The Institute of World Politics, as well as an Associate Professor at l’Ecole Speciale Militaire de Saint-Cyr, the French equivalent of West Point, where he lectures on U.S. foreign and national security policy and on the role of religion and culture in international affairs.

Dr. Coyer is a contributor to Forbes, writing on foreign and national security policy, and is a contributing editor of Providence: A Journal of Christianity and American Foreign Policy (published by the Institute on Religion and Democracy). In addition to Forbes and Providence, his work has appeared in leading publications in the United States and around the world, including The Washington TimesAzeri Today (Azerbaijan), and the Kyiv Post (Ukraine), as well as policy-oriented journals, including Conflits: Revue de Geopolitique (France), and by academic publishers such as Oxford University Press.

Dr. Coyer’s graduate degrees are from Yale University, where he did an MA in theological ethics, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. At the LSE, he did an M.A. in the history of the international relations of East Asia and a Ph.D. in the history of Sino-American relations, writing on the role played by the U.S. Congress and shifting domestic politics on the development of the Sino-American relationship from 1969-1980, including how it impacted the U.S. approach to the Sino-Soviet-American strategic triangle.

Dr. Coyer has lived and worked in several locations around the world, including Hong Kong 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 also undertaken academic research in various locations, including Moscow, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.

Dr. Coyer has also served as a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Florence, Italy, where he lectured on Sino-American relations, and was a Scholar in Residence 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 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 a member of the International Institute of Strategic Studies.


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