Margarita Assenova is a Senior Fellow at the Jamestown Foundation in Washington, D.C. and a regular contributor to its flagship publication Eurasia Daily Monitor. She also teaches Eastern Europe Advanced Area Studies courses at the Foreign Service Institute, Department of State, as a contractor.
Assenova is a recipient of the John Knight Professional Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University for her reporting on nationalism in the Balkans. Her articles appeared in US and European newspapers, magazines, and online publications, including RFE/RL Newsline and Balkan Report, The Hill, The National Interest, The Washington Times, Transitions Online, Balkan Times, Baltic Rim Economies Review, The Capital Weekly, Internationale Politik Quarterly, World Finance Review Magazine, Future Prospects, and others. She has also written extensively on Russian disinformation for Polygraph.info, a Voice of America counter-disinformation program.
Assenova has authored book chapters and journal articles on security, energy, and democracy published by CSIS Press, Brassey’s, Freedom House, Bertelsmann Foundation Publishers, the University of New Haven, the Jamestown Foundation and the Center for European Policy Analysis. Her latest books include Eurasian Disunion: Russia’s Vulnerable Flanks (Jamestown Foundation, 2016), co-authored with Janusz Bugajski, a critical study on Russian subversion in Europe, Eurasia and Central Asia, and Azerbaijan and the New Energy Geopolitics of Southeastern Europe, Ed. (2015). Her report Nord Stream 2: Myths, Reality, and the Way Forward (CEPA, 2018) became instrumental in mobilizing efforts to curtail Russian energy domination ambitions in Europe.