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Dr. Mariya Y. Omelicheva

Research Centers - Political Science
Professor, Department of Political Science
Primary office:


Security Policy, State Security and Human Rights, Human Rights Law, Non-governmental Actors of World Politics



Teaching Interests

  • International Relations Theory
  • Intro to International Relations
  • International Organization
  • Eurasian security
  • Russian foreign policy
  • International human rights
  • Laws of War
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • Terrorism/Trafficking Nexus


Dr. Omelicheva's research and teaching interests include international and Eurasian security, counterterrorism and human rights, democracy promotion in the post-Soviet territory, Russia's foreign and security policy, and terrorism/crime nexus in Eurasia. She has published on these subjects in Terrorism and Political Violence, Europe-Asia Studies, International Journal of Human Rights, Central Asia Survey, Cambridge Review of International Relations, and other journals. She is the author of Counterterrorism Policies in Central Asia (Routledge 2011), which received an Outstanding Academic Title award by Choice, and Democracy in Central Asia: Competing Perspectives and Alternate Strategies (University Press of Kentucky 2015), and editor of Nationalism and Identity Construction in Central Asia: Dimensions, Dynamics, and Directions (Lexington 2015).

Research Interests

  • Eurasian security, Russian foreign policy, counterterrorism and human rights, international human rights, and democracy promotion
  • Human trafficking and organized crime

Selected Publications

Markowitz, L. & Omelicheva, M. (in press). Does Drug Trafficking Impact Terrorism? Afghan Opioids and Terrorist Violence in Central Asia. Studies in Conflict and Terrorism.

Omelicheva, M. & Tsygankov, A. (in press). Russia's Foreign Policy in Central Asia. In , Russian Foreign Policy. Routledge.

Omelicheva, M. & Hua, S. (in press). The Faultlines of Democratization in Central Asia. In , Comparative Asian Politics. Routledge.

Omelicheva, M. (2017). A New Russian Holiday Has More Behind It Than National Unity: the Political Functions of Historical Commemorations. Australian Journal of Politics and History, 63(3), 429-441 .

(2017). EurasiaΓÇÖs CSTO and SCO: A Failure to Address the Trafficking/Terrorism Nexus. PONARS Eurasia. http://www.ponarseurasia.org/memo/eurasia-csto-and-sco-failure-address-trafficking-terrorism-nexus

Omelicheva, M. (2017). How Central Asia Understands Democracy. New East Europe, 6(XXIX), 25-30.

Omelicheva, M. (2017). Islamist Activity in KazakhstanAmerican Foreign Policy Council's World Almanac of Islamism.

Omelicheva, M. Carter, B. & Campbell, L. (2017). Military Aid and Human Rights: Assessing the Impact of U.S. Security Assistance Programs on CiviliansΓÇÖ Rights in the Situations of Conflict. Political Science Quarterly, 132(1), 119-144.

Ahmed, R. & Omelicheva, M. (2017). Religion and Politics: Examining the Impact of Faith on Political Participation. Religion, State & Society. DOI:10.1080/09637494.2017.1363345

Omelicheva, M. (2017). Review of the book Alexander Dukalskis, The Authoritarian Public Sphere: Legitimation and Autocratic Power in North Korea, Burma, and China Review of Politics

(2017). Review of the book David Cadier and Margot Light (eds.), Russia?ÇÖs Foreign Policy: Ideas, Domestic Politics and External Relations, Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2015 European Review of International Studies 4(1)

Omelicheva, M. (2017). Review of the book Kyrgyzstan Beyond "Democracy Island" and "Failing State": Social and Political Changes in a Post-Soviet Society, eds. Marlene Laruelle and Johan Engvall Slavic Review, 76(1), 246-247.

Omelicheva, M. Y., & Romaniuk, S. (2017). RussiaΓÇÖs Counterterrorism Policy: Variations on an Imperial Theme. In , The Palgrave Handbook of Global Counterterrorism Policy (pp. 515-534). Palgrave.

Omelicheva, M. (2017). U.S. Security Assistance to Central Asia: Examining Limits, Exploring Opportunities. PONARS Eurasia .

Omelicheva, M. (2016). ΓÇ£A Trafficking-Terrorism Nexus in Central AsiaΓÇ¥ . The Diplomat http://thediplomat.com/2016/06/a-trafficking-terrorism-nexus-in-central-asia/

Omelicheva, M. (2016). ΓÇ£Uzbekistan. Stable Transition into Volatile Future". New Eastern Europe http://neweasterneurope.eu/articles-and-commentary/2123-uzbekistan-stable-transition-into-volatile-future

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2016). An Unending Quest for RussiaΓÇÖs Place in the World: The Discursive Co-Evolution of the Study and Practice of International Relations in Russia. New Perspectives: Interdisciplinary Journal of CEE Politics & IR, 24(1). http://ceenewperspectives.iir.cz/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2.NP_2016_01_OmelichevaZubytska_RussianIR_UndendingQuest.pdf

Crandall, C. Beasley, R. Omelicheva, M. & Cox, O. (in press). Covert Operations, Wars, Detainee Destinations, and the Psychology of Democratic Peace. Journal of Confict Resolution.

Omelicheva, M. (2016). Critical Geopolitics on Russian Foreign Policy: Uncovering the Imagery of MoscowΓÇÖs International Relations. International Politics, 53(6), 708-726.

Omelicheva, M. (2016). Islam and Power Legitimation: Instrumentalisation of Religion in Central Asian States. Contemporary Politics, 22(2), 144-163.

Omelicheva, M. (2016). Review of the book Suslov, Mikhail, and Mark Bassin, eds. Eurasia 2.0: Russian Geopolitics in the Age of New Media. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016 The Russian Review, 76(1), 194-195.

Omelicheva, M. (2016). RussiaΓÇÖs ΓÇÿChecks and BalancesΓÇÖ On KazakhstanΓÇÖs Quest for Military Independence. http://www.css.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz/special-interest/gess/cis/center-for-securities-studies/pdfs/RAD188.pdf

O'Lear, S. (2016). This IsnΓÇÖt Your Usual Obstacle Course: Critical Pedagogy with Special Operations Forces. Geoforum, 75, 159-167.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2015). Democracy in Central Asia? Competing Perspectives and Alternate Strategies, University of Kentucky Press.

Omelicheva, M. (2015). Terrorism/Crime Nexus in Central Asia: Implications for Countering Violent Extremism and Terrorism. Hedayah, Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Omlicheva, M. (2015). The Multiple Faces of Islamic Rebirth in Central Asia . In , New Approaches to Area Studies in the Global Era: Community, Place, Identity. Northern Illinois University Press.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2014). Competing Perspectives on Democracy and Democratization: Assessing Alternative Models of Democracy Promoted in Central Asian States. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 27(4).

Omlicheva, M. (2014). Eye on the International Image: TurkmenistanΓÇÖs Nation Branding. In , Nationalism and Identity in Central Asia. Lexington Press.

Omlicheva, M. (2014). Nationalism and Identity Construction in Central Asia: Dimensions, Dynamics, and Directions.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2013). Central Asian Conceptions of "Democracy": Ideological Resistance to International Democratization. In , in The International Dimensions of Authoritarian Persistence in the Former Soviet Union, eds. Rachel Vanderhill and Michael E. Aleprete Jr., Lexington Press, 2013, 81-104. .

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2013). Terrorism in Central Asia: Dynamics, Dimensions, and Source. Education About Asia, 18(3).

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2012). Democracy and Dictatorship in Central Asia. In , Oxford Bibliographies in Political Science. New York: Oxford University Press. http://www.oxfordbibliographiesonline.com/

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2012). Fab! Or Drab? Increasing the Effectiveness of Teaching and Learning in Summer Classes. Journal of Political Science Education, 8(3), 258-270.

Omelicheva, M. Y., & Zubytska, L. (2012). Failures and Prospects of Regional Organizations: Lessons from the Post-Soviet Space and Beyond. The Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Affairs, 8(2), 97-102.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2012). Review of Non-Governmental Organizations in World Politics: The Construction of Global Governance by Peter Willetts (Abingdon, Oxon: Routledge, 2011). Human Rights Quarterly, 34, 300-303.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2012). Russia's Foreign Policy toward Iran: A Critical Geopolitics Perspective. Journal of Balkan and Near Eastern Studies, 14(3), 331-344.

Omelicheva, M. Y., Beasley, R. Kaarbo, J. Lantis, J. & Snarr, M. (2012). Russian Foreign Policy. In , Foreign Policy in Comparative Perspective (pp. 94-117). CQ Press.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2011). Counterterrorism Policies in Central Asia, Routledge.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2011). Islam in Kazakhstan: A Survey of Trends and Conditions for Securitization. Central Asia Survey, 30(2), 243-256.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2011). Natural Disasters: Triggers of Political Instability? International Interactions, 37(4), 441-465.

Omelicheva, M. Y., & Denemark, R. A. (2011). Russian Security and Nuclear Policies: Successor to the Superpower Arsenal? In , International Studies Online. Wiley-Blackwell in association with International Studies Association. http://www.isacompendium.com/public/online

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2011). Western and Central Asian Perspectives on Democracy and Democratization. IREX. http://www.irex.org/resource/western-and-central-asian-perspectives-democracy-and-democratization-research-brief

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2010). Between Commitment and Pragmatism: Assessing International Influence on Human Rights Practices in Georgia. Journal of Human Rights, 9(4), 445-466.

Omelicheva, M. Y., Ishiyama, J. & Breuning, M. (2010). Constructivism. In , 21st Century Political Science: A Reference Handbook. Sage Publications, Inc.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2010). Ethnic Dimension of Religions Extremism and Terrorism in Central Asia. International Political Science Review, 31(2), 167-186.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2010). Post-Soviet and Liberal Translations: Wherefore, To What Effect, and How? International Studies Review, 12, 305-308.

Omelicheva, M. Y., Kennedy, J. & Denemark, R. A. (2010). Reform in Russia and China: A Comparative Perspective. In , The International Studies Encyclopedia (Vol. IX, pp. 6134-52). Blackwell Publishing.

omelicheva, m. y. (2010). RussiaΓÇÖs Counterterrorism Policy: Variations on an Imperial Theme. Perspectives on Terrorism. , 6(3).

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2010). Security Rights Violations in the Context of Counterterrorism: Analysis of the Post-Soviet Nations. The International Journal of Human Rights, 14(2), 166-188.

Omelicheva, M. Y., Hamann, K. Ishiyama, J. & Deardorff, M. (2009). Assessment of Learning and for Learning: Testing the Effectiveness and Accuracy of the Standard Scoring Instruments. In , Assessment in Political Science (pp. 163-180). Washington, DC: American Political Science Association, Assessment in Political Science.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2009). Convergence of Counterterrorism Policies: A Case Study of Kyrgyzstan and Central Asia. Studies of Conflict and Terrorism, 32(10), 893-908.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2009). Global Civil Society and Democratization of World Politics: A Bona Fide Relationship or Illusory Liaison? International Studies Review, 11(1), 109-133.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2009). Reference Group Perspective on State Behavior: A Case Study of Estonia's Counterterrorism Policies. Europe Asia Studies, 61(3), 483-504.

Omelicheva, M. Y., & Mikkonen, A. (2009). Russia's Counterterrorism Legislation, Warts and All: Overview and Assessment of the Legal Framework for Combating Terrorism in the Russian FederationThreats and Prospects in Combating Terrorism: A Challenge for Domestic or Transnational Cooperation. Helsinki, Finland: National Defense University.

Omelicheva, M. Y., & Avdeyeva, O. (2008). Teaching with Lecture or Debate? Testing the Effectiveness of Traditional versus Active Learning Methods of Instruction. PS: Political Science and Politics, 603-7.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2007). Combating Terrorism in Central Asia: Explaining Difference in States' Responses to Terror. Terrorism and Political Violence, 19, 369-394.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2007). Counterterrorism: The State of Scholarship, Directions for Future Data Collection and Analysis. Perspectives on Terrorism, 1(2). http://www.terrorismanalysts.com/pt/index.php?option=com_rokzine&view=article&id=10

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2007). Resolved: Academic Debate Should Be a Part of Political Science Curricula. Journal of Political Science Education, 3, 161-177.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (in press). Global Politics on Trial: Using Educational Debate for Teaching Controversies of World Affairs. International Studies Perspectives, 7, 172-186.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2006). Values and Ethics of Global Society Actors: Insights from a Survey and Content Analyses. Journal of Civil Society, 2(3), 233-249.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2005). Self- and Peer-Evaluation in Undergraduate Education: Structuring Conditions that Maximize its Promises and Minimize the Perils. Journal of Political Science Education, 1(1), 191-206.

Omelicheva, M. Y., Ishiyama, J. Baldino, T. Caswell, B. Choudary, M. Deardorff, M. Erb, S. Hamann, K. Harkness, S. Holtzman, R. & Young, C. (2004). APSA Teaching and Learning Conference: A Summary of Four Tracks. PS: Political Science and Politics, 37(3), 483-485.

Omelicheva, M. Y. (1999). Simulations as an Educational Medium of Instruction: games and simulations for teaching about human rights. Vologda, Russia.

Selected Grants

Omelicheva, Mariya Y, (Principal), Eco-Reps: Peer-to-Peer Sustainability Outreach, Department of State, US-Russia Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program, Department of State, $100,000, Submitted 01/01/2015 . Federal. Status: Funded.

Omelicheva, Maria, (Principal), KU CLAS FIG (Fill-In the Gap) Grant, $5,000, Submitted 01/01/2018 . University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Omelicheva, Maria Y., NCEEER Short Travel Grant for a research trip to Uzbekistan, $3,000, Submitted 01/01/2013 . Not-for-Profit (not Foundation). Status: Funded.

Omelicheva, Mariya Y, Open Society InstituteΓÇÖs International Fellowship Program to work with the Yerevan State Linguistic University After V. Brusov on Education Management and Planning for 2013-14, Open Society Institute, Soros Foundation, Submitted 02/01/2013 (11/01/2013. Foundation. Status: Funded.

Omelicheva, Maria, (Principal), Egbert, Stephen, (Co-Principal), Trafficking/Terrorism Nexus in Eurasia, Office of Naval Research, $957,247, Submitted 02/18/2015 (09/01/2015 - 08/30/2018). Federal. Status: Funded.

Britton, Hannah, (Principal), omelicheva, mariya, (Co-Investigator), Kansas Anti-Human Trafficking and Slavery Initiative: KASHTI, University of Kansas, Level II Strategic Initiative Grant (SIG, KUCR, $39,809, (06/01/2013 - 04/30/2014). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Omelicheva, Mariya, United States Institute of Peace, the Public Education for Peacebuilding Support Initiative, Grant for ΓÇ£Path to Peace: Kosovo-Kansas Web Forum", United States Institute of Peace, $2,000, Submitted 12/01/2012 (12/01/2012 - 02/28/2013). Foundation. Status: Funded.

Omelicheva, Maria Y., IREX 2011-12 Short-Term Travel Grant, for survey research in Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, $7,000, (01/01/2011 - 12/31/2012). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Omelicheva, Maria Y., (Principal), Political Instability Task Force Grant, $128,661, (01/01/2009 - 01/31/2011). University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Omelicheva, Maria Y., Natural and Technological Disasters: Triggers of Political Instability, PITF Grant for project, $6,071, - 12/31/2009). Federal. Status: Funded.

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