Iskra Kirova is a senior policy analyst on EU external relations at the Open Society European Policy Institute. Kirova is responsible for EU policy advocacy and analysis on Eurasia and the EU’s Neighbourhood Policy and Eastern Partnership. She also works to develop an enabling environment for civil society, and on the emerging challenges of disinformation and public opinion manipulation.
Prior to joining Open Society, Kirova worked for the International Crisis Group as an EU advocacy and research analyst, conducting and helping develop the group's advocacy activities on conflict prevention and resolution. She served as a research associate and later as a fellow at the USC Center on Public Diplomacy in Los Angeles, publishing on EU affairs, media, civil society, and conflict resolution. Kirova has also worked for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for External Relations on European Neighbourhood Policy, and as a research assistant at the NATO Parliamentary Assembly on nonproliferation issues and conflict resolution in Eastern Europe.
Kirova holds an MA in public diplomacy from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles and an MA in international relations and international law from Sofia University in Bulgaria. She speaks Bulgarian, English, French, Russian, and German.