Posts by Mariya Omelicheva

Мария Омеличева 04-17-2020
(Journal of Global Security Studies) Abstract: What are the conditions that obstruct the formation of a crime-terror nexus? To answer this question we carry out a quantitative and qualitative analysis of Russia's North Caucasus (2008–2016) where no durable crime-terror nexus materialized despite the presence of conditions conducive to the emergence of linkages between criminals and militants. We demonstrate how the sheer diversity and fluidity of violent...
Мария Омеличева 12-06-2019
(Minerva) (Co-authored with Lawrence Markowitz) The post-Cold War era has been marked by policy and academic debates about the cooperative links between criminal and terrorist actors. According to the prevailing view, the dissolution of the Soviet Union resulted in the contraction of traditional revenue streams of terrorist groups, (including state-sponsorship), drawing terrorist organizations into a range of illicit activities to raise funds for their...
Мария Омеличева 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...
Мария Омеличева 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...
Мария Омеличева 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...
Мария Омеличева 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...
Мария Омеличева 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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Мария Омеличева 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...
Мария Омеличева 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...
Мария Омеличева 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...

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