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Dr. Mariya Y. Omelicheva

Research Centers - Political Science
Professor, Department of Political Science
Primary office:
Blake Hall
Room 408
1541 Lilac Lane, Rm. 504
Lawrence, KS 66044-3177
Second office:
Bailey Hall


GIST 686: International Human Rights

GIST 696: Diplomacy Lab

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

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

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

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

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.), RussiaΓÇÖs 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. (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 .

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

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

Omelicheva, M. (2017). U.S. Security Assistance to Central Asia: Examining Limits, Exploring Opportunities. PONARS Eurasia . http://www.ponarseurasia.org/memo/us-security-assistance-central-asia

Omelicheva, M. (2017). Islamist Activity in Kazakhstan In . (Ed.), American Foreign Policy Council's World Almanac of Islamism. http://almanac.afpc.org/Kazakhstan

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.

(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. (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. 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 http://ceenewperspectives.iir.cz/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/2.NP_2016_01_OmelichevaZubytska_RussianIR_UndendingQuest.pdf

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

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

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

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. (2016). RussiaΓÇÖs ΓÇÿChecks and BalancesΓÇÖ On KazakhstanΓÇÖs Quest for Military Independence. Russian Analytical Digest,(188), 5-10. http://www.css.ethz.ch/content/dam/ethz/special-interest/gess/cis/center-for-securities-studies/pdfs/RAD188.pdf

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/

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

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

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

Omlicheva, M. (2014). Eye on the International Image: TurkmenistanΓÇÖs Nation Branding. In . (Ed.), 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. (2014). Competing Perspectives on Democracy and Democratization: Assessing Alternative Models of Democracy Promoted in Central Asian States. Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 27(4).

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2013). Central Asian Conceptions of "Democracy": Ideological Resistance to International Democratization. In . (Ed.), 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). http://www.asian-studies.org/eaa/18-3-Supplemental/Omelicheva.pdf

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

omelicheva, m. y. (2010). RussiaΓÇÖs Counterterrorism Policy: Variations on an Imperial Theme. Perspectives on Terrorism. , 6(3). http://www.terrorismanalysts.com/pt/index.php?option=com_rokzine&view=article&id=70&Itemid=54

Omelicheva, M. Y. (2009). Assessment of Learning and for Learning: Testing the Effectiveness and Accuracy of the Standard Scoring Instruments. In K. Hamann, J. Ishiyama, & M. Deardorff (Eds.), 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. (2009). Series 2: Research Reports. Russia's Counterterrorism Legislation, Warts and All: Overview and Assessment of the Legal Framework for Combating Terrorism in the Russian Federation (A. Mikkonen). Threats and Prospects in Combating Terrorism: A Challenge for Domestic or Transnational Cooperation.(41) 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 Presentations

Omelicheva, M. . (11/30/2017). Research on the Leading Edge (ROLE) Symposium on Or Rosenboim's "The Emergence of Global Capitalism" . Halls Center for the Humanities. Lawrence, KS

Carter, B. & Omelicheva, M. . (04/30/2017). Liberalism and Religion: Amplifiers of War between Democracies and Non-Democratic States? Midwest Political Science Association. Chicago, IL

Omelicheva, M. . (04/30/2017). Roundtable on Russia, China, and Central Asia. Indiana University. Bloomington, IN

Omelicheva, M. . (04/30/2017). Terrorism/Trafficking Nexus in Eurasia: Examining the Changing Nature of Political Violence and Crime. International Studies Association. Baltimore, MD

Omelicheva, M. . (04/10/2017). Migration and Crime: Debunking the Entrenched Myths in Russia. 8th Security Conference "Migration, Security, and Securitization of Migration". Lawrence, KS

Omelicheva, M. . (11/30/2016). Mapping the Trafficking/Terrorism Nexus in Central Asia. Central Eurasian Studies Society. Princeton University

Omelicheva, M. . (11/15/2016). Mapping the Trafficking/Terrorism Nexus in Central Asia. GIS day at KU. University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Omelicheva, M. . (10/31/2016). Re-Examining RussiaΓÇÖs Nuclear Security Threat Landscape Workshop. Nuclear Threat Initiative workshop. Washington, DC

Omelicheva, M. . (09/30/2016). CSTO and SCO: Stuck on the Old Ways of Dealing with Security Threats. PONARS Eurasia annual policy conference. George Washington University

Omelicheva, M. . (05/05/2016). Critical Geopolitics on Russian Foreign Policy in MENA. After the Uprisings: Public Opinion, Gender, and Conflict in the Middle East. Kansas State University

Omelicheva, M. . (04/30/2016). Russian New Generation Warfare in Ukraine: Implications for Regional and Global Security. Culture and Language Management Office, US ArmyΓÇÖs Combined Arms Center. Ft. Leavenworth, KS

Omelicheva, M. . (04/25/2016). Critical Geopolitics on Russian Foreign Policy. the 7th annual security conference ΓÇ£Russia at NATOΓÇÖs BordersΓÇ¥, Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies. University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS

Omelicheva, M. . (03/31/2016). A New Russian Holiday Has More Behind It Than National Unity: the Political Functions of Historical Commemorations . International Studies Association Annual Convention. Atlanta, GA

Omelicheva, M. & Ahmed, R. . (03/31/2016). Religion and Politics: Contentious Politics Beyond Islam. International Studies Association annual convention. Atlanta, GA

Omelicheva, M. . (03/31/2016). The Culture of Peace and Non-Violence in Contemporary Russian Foreign Policy and International Relations. Annual Meeting of the International Studies Association. Atlanta, GA

Omlicheva, M. . (03/26/2014). Russian Foreign Policy in the 21st Century: Deciphering RussiaΓÇÖs New ΓÇÿGeopolitics Code'. ISA annual meeting . Toronto, Canada

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, . Federal. Status: Funded.

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

Omelicheva, Maria Y., NCEEER Short Travel Grant for a research trip to Uzbekistan, $3,000, . 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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