Asya Metodieva is a visiting fellow with the Engaging Central Europe program of The German Marshall Fund of the United States. She analyzes political developments in Central and Eastern Europe and the Balkans. For GMF, she focuses on Bulgaria’s foreign and security policies, rule of law, and democratic security. Previously, she was a GMF ReThink.CEE Fellow. She earned her PhD from Central European University for her research on the radicalization and mobilization of radical and extremist movements. Her book on foreign Islamist fighters from the Balkans was published by Routledge in 2023.

Asya is currently involved in a project on digital sovereignty in Europe at the Institute of International Relations in Prague, where she is a researcher. She also teaches at Charles University in Prague. Previously she was a fellow with Visegrád Insight (2020) and LSE Ideas (2018), and she carried out a research visit at the University of Oxford. She wrote academic and policy publications and has cooperated with various think tanks and international organizations including the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Radicalization Awareness Network, the Europeum Institute for European Policy, and the Atlantic Initiative. As part of her job, she organizes and participates in international conferences, and provides institutions and policymakers with analyses and recommendations.