Posts by Mariya Omelicheva

Mariya Omelicheva 06-14-2019
(CSCE) The Kremlin actively seeks to present Russia as a global leader in the practice of counterterrorism and countering extremism. However, Moscow’s policies and practices in this area may be problematic at best and counterproductive at worst. Witnesses—Mariya Omelicheva, Rachel Denber, and Michael Carpenter—offered expert views on how the Kremlin’s counterterrorism approach has evolved over time; its...
Mariya Omelicheva 12-19-2018
Как наркотрафик влияет на государственные репрессии, есть ли связь между оснащенностью силовых структур и присутствием людей из ОПГ в центральном госаппарате? А если речь идет об авторитарных режимах Центральной Азии? Американские исследователи написали провокативную статью, сравнив Таджикистан и Киргизию и основываясь на изучении десятков документов и экспертных интервью, и их выводы показались настолько необычными и шокирующими, что мы решили...
Mariya Omelicheva 02-20-2018
(Studies in Conflict & Terrorism) (Co-authored by L. Markowitz) Abstract: The relationship between drug trafficking and terrorism remains a contentious issue. While some assert that drug trafficking is a strong predictor of terrorism, others contest this observation. This study focuses on the impact of the Afghan opioid trade on terrorist violence in Central Asia, a region of drug transit states. We employ Geographic Information Systems–enabled...
Mariya Omelicheva 02-01-2018
(KU) Ahead of the March 18 presidential election, Russia has seen more street protests called for by the opposition leader Alexei Navalny. Demonstrators across hundreds of Russian cities are seeking to boycott the election with a guaranteed victory of the incumbent, Vladimir Putin. However, the protests are smaller in scale compared with the 2017 ones that swept the country, said a University of Kansas researcher of Russian politics. "Part of the reason...
Mariya Omelicheva 10-31-2017
(KU) International media reports have focused on recent reforms in Uzbekistan as a potential opening and thaw of a once repressive regime. Some international groups and activists have even referred to the developments as an "Uzbek Spring," though a University of Kansas scholar of Central Asian politics says that is an overstatement at this point. Mariya Omelicheva, associate professor in the Department of Political Science, is available to discuss issues...
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Mariya Omelicheva 10-16-2017
(AJPH) Abstract: This study seeks to address both the theoretical and empirical aspects of national holidays' selection. Noting a breadth of historical events that a state may choose to celebrate, this study asks how and why only some events are selected for national remembrance and commemoration. I answer this question by considering the role of national holidays in politics of history and memory and state- and nation-building. Using an example of the...
Mariya Omelicheva 10-11-2017
(phys.org) Because religion often influences people's opinions on hot-button issues, such as same-sex marriage and abortion, most would expect religious people to be more motivated to engage politically overall. However, a new study led by a University of Kansas researcher has found that religiosity by itself often serves as a deterrent rather than a mobilizing force for nonviolent political engagement. "Since religious beliefs, by themselves, do not...
Mariya Omelicheva 08-06-2017
Вице-президент США Майк Пенс начинал европейское турне 30 июля с целью успокоить не на шутку озабоченных непредсказуемостью Дональда Трампа союзников Америки, сообщает Deutsche Welle. На повестке дня - Эстония, Грузия и Черногория. Иногда сообщение для прессы содержат щепотки истины, иногда - вопреки желанию их авторов. Краткое официальный анонс трамповского Белого дома о визите вице-президента Майка Пенса в Европу представляется одним из таких сообщений...
Mariya Omelicheva 05-09-2017
(KU) U.S. grant programs that provided training to international military and civilian personnel since 1995 are tied to fewer conflict-related civilian casualties in foreign countries that were recipients of the U.S. security aid. However, arms-sales programs are ineffective at improving human rights in those countries that purchase U.S. weapons and services, according to a new University of Kansas study. The researchers said the study, published in...
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Mariya Omelicheva 09-21-2016
(CEEOL) The idea of ‘Global IR’ generated a growing interest in ‘national schools’ of IR and their contribution to understanding the diversity of international relations. As a part of this discussion, the current study is set to explore what has been presented as Russian IR theory and its utility for understanding Russian foreign policy and international relations. Our contention is that there is still not a Russian ‘national school’ of IR with a distinct...

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Professor of National Security Strategy
National War College, National Defense University