Iskra Kirova is a policy analyst at the Open Society European Policy Institute, responsible for EU policy advocacy and analysis on Eastern Europe (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine) and Russia. She supports the Open Society Foundations in advancing human rights and the rule of law through EU policies, legislation, and political influence.
From 2009 to 2014, Kirova worked for the International Crisis Group as EU advocacy and research analyst, conducting and helping develop Crisis Group’s advocacy activities on conflict prevention and resolution. Previously, she served as research associate and later a fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy in Los Angeles, publishing on EU affairs, media, civil society, and conflict resolution. Kirova also has experience working for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for External Relations on European Neighborhood Policy, and as a research assistant at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on non-proliferation issues and conflict resolution in Eastern Europe.
Kirova graduated from the University of Southern California with a master’s degree in public diplomacy and holds another master’s in international relations from Sofia University in Bulgaria. She speaks Bulgarian and English fluently and has working knowledge of Russian, French, and German.