Nicole Jackson

Associate Professor

International Studies

Nicole Jackson

Associate Professor

International Studies


BA (Hons), University of Toronto (Trinity College)
MSc; PhD, London School of Economics

Areas of Specialization

  • Security Studies
  • Foreign Policy Analysis
  • IR Theory
  • Authoritarianism
  • International Organized Crime
  • Intelligence Studies
  • Regional Expertise: Eurasia (especially Russia and Central Asia)


  • “International Involvement and Security in Weak and Autocratic states”. This manuscript draws on field work I have conducted over the past five years and seeks to answer how and why do external states and organizations act to provide security in weak, autocratic states, focusing on the former Soviet region.
  • I am developing a research agenda on international causes for the persistence of authoritarian and semi-authoritarian regimes. It will add to arguments about the interaction between international factors and the behaviour of domestic political actors.


  • Russia, Central Asia (Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan) Multiple trips since 1994.


Single-authored refereed book

Russian Foreign Policy and the CIS; Theories, Debates and Actions, (London and New York: Routledge, 2003).

Refereed journal articles

"The Role of External Factors in Advancing Non-Liberal Democratic Forms of Political Rule: An Analysis of Russia’s Support of Authoritarian Regimes in Central Asia”Contemporary Politics, vol.16, no.1, March 2010.

“Regional Security Cooperation in Central Asia: The Cases of Narcotic Trafficking and “Terrorism”, Osteuropa, Fall 2007.

“International Organizations, Security Dichotomies and the Trafficking of Persons and Narcotics in Post-Soviet Central Asia”, Security Dialogue, 37 (3), September 2006.

“The Trafficking of Narcotics, Arms and Humans in Post-Soviet Central Asia: (Mis)perspections, policies and realities, Central Asian Survey, 24 (1), March 2005, pp39-52.

Selected other publications

“Security”, in eds. Peter Burnell, Vicky Randall, and Lisa Rakner Politics in the Developing World, 3rd edition, Oxford University Press, forthcoming, N. America 2010, UK, 2011.

“Human Trafficking and Labour Migration in Central Asia:”, in ed. Melissa Curley, Migration and Security in Asia, Routledge, 2008.

“Security Governance in Central Asia”, Central Asia as a Mosaic of Power, Berlin, Wissenschafts Verlag 2008.

“Security and Development Studies”, in eds. Peter Burnell and Vicky Randall, Politics in the Developing World, 2nd edition, Oxford University Press, 2008.

International Institutions and the Securitisation of Human and Narcotic Trafficking, IDSS Singapore, January 2005.

The Strategies and Tactics of International Institutions in Countering Clandestine Transnational Activities in Post- Soviet Central Asia: Why a Human Security Approach is Needed, Canadian Consortium on Human Security, July 2004.

Canada’s Policy Towards the Trafficking of Narcotics, Arms and People in Central Asia, Canadian Consortium on Human Security, July 2004.

Russia-NATO Relations, International Security Research Outreach Program (ISROP),Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, 2002.

Russia’s Policies and Military Actions towards Tajikistan: Are there Lessons and Warnings for American Involvement in Afghanistan?, Norman Paterson School of International Affairs Occasional Papers, no.27, 2002

Book Reviews

Sally Stoecker and Louise Shelley, eds, Human Traffic and Transnational Crime: Eurasian and American Perspectives, Lanham, MA: Rowman and Littlefield Publishers, 2005. For Europe-Asia Studies, 2005.

Book Review of Boris Rumer (ed.), Central Asia: A Gathering Storm? London&Armonk, New York: M.E. Sharpe, 2002. For Europe-Asia Studies, vol 55, 2004.


“Wake up to What’s Happening in the Former Soviet Union”, op ed. The Globe and Mail, December 5, 2007

“Terrorism’s Next Big Trigger”, op ed, The Globe and Mail, April 5, 2004, A13.

Interview for Documentary on American and Russian Involvement in Georgia, for I TV (Canadian satellite TV channel), December 2003.

“The War on Terrorism: The Relationship Coincidence Built”, The Ottawa Citizen, November 29, 2001.

Scholarly conference papers and invited presentations

“International Influences and Autocratic Consolidation”, ISSS/ISA Conference, Monterey, California, October 15-17, 2009.

“Russia and the New Central Eurasia: At the Epicentre of 21st Century Challenges, Canada and the Dominant Emerging Powers: The BRIC”, Canadian International Council Vancouver Conference, Cecil Green Park House UBC, Vancouver, May 28-29, 2009.

“Defining Research Priorities in Security Studies”, Justice, Policing and Security: A Workshop, Liu Institute of Global Issues, UBC, 4-5 May 2009.

“Authoritarian Redux: Russia and Central Asia’s Political Regimes”, Association for the Studies of Nationalities (ASN) Annual Convention, New York, 23-25 April 2009.

“Not a new Cold War: Russia’s Involvement in Georgia”, CASIS Annual Conference, Ottawa, November 1st, 2008.

“Russia’s Influence on Domestic and Regional Governance in Central Asia”, WISC, Slovenia, July 26, 2008.

“The Promotion of Alternative Political Orders”, Sciences Po/ASN, Paris, July 4, 2008. “Regional Security Cooperation: The Case of Central Asia”, International Studies Annual Convention, San Francisco, 27 March 2008.

“Regionalism and Security Governance in Central Asia”, International Studies Association Annual Convention, San Diego, 23 March 2006.

“Regional Security Management in Central Asia: The Role of State and Non-State Actors”, CSGR Annual Conference, University of Warwick, 28 October 2006.

“Securitizing Human Trafficking and Labour Migration in Central Asia”, ISA, Honolulu, 2 March 2005.

“Theorizing International and Human Security after 9.11” University of Victoria, January 2005.

“The Securitisation of Human and Narcotic Trafficking in Central Asia: A Critique”, University of Victoria, January 2005

“The Theory of Securitisation as a Framework to Understand Illegal Migration in Central Asia”, Workshop on Illegal Migration in Asia, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Beijing, China, 10 October, 2004.

“International Strategies and Illicit Transnational Trafficking in Central Asia”, International Conference on Multilateral Organizations in Central Asia and the Caucasus”, Norwegian Institute of International Affairs, Oslo, 10-11, June, 2004.

“Maritime and Non-Maritime Dimensions of Security in the Caspian Region” Workshop on the Caucasus, Caspian and Central Asia: Maritime Dimensions of Security Centre for Foreign Policy Studies, Dalhousie University, Halifax, 14-16 May 2004.

“International Strategies and Tactics to Combat ‘Clandestine Transnational Actors: Analysis, Evolution and Critique”, International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Meeting, Montreal, March 20, 2004.

“The Nexus of Illicit Trades in Central Asia”, Conference on Modern Kazakhstan: Between East and West, Munk Center for International Relations, University of Toronto, December 5, 2003.

“The Role of Regional and International Institutions in Combating Cross-Border Security Threats in Central Asia”, ISA, Budapest, June 2003.

“Canada’s Promotion of Human Security in Central Asia”, Workshop on Canadian Policy Towards Central Asia, Centre for Strategic Studies and DFAIT, Calgary University, November 20, 2002.

“Russia’s Military Involvement in Tajikistan”, International Studies Association (ISA) Annual Meeting, New Orleans, March 26, 2002.

“Conflicts in Eurasia: Ideas, Policies and Actions”, Munk Center for International Relations, University of Toronto, March 7, 2002.

“Russia’s Involvement in Military Conflicts in Eurasia”, Center for European Studies, Carleton University, February 26, 2002.

“Russian Political Parties and Foreign Policy towards Moldova”, Russo-Eurasian Research Workshop, LSE, 1997.

“The OSCE and Russian Peacekeeping Policies in the CIS States”, Nationalism and Security Studies Seminar, Moscow Institute of Political Studies, 1996.

“Russian Foreign Policies towards the CIS States”, Doctoral Research Seminar, LSE, 1995.

Board Membership
BC Representative, Canadian Association of Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS)

Grants and Awards

  • Presidential Research Grant, SFU, 2007
  • University of Warwick, “Rising Star” for Research, 2006
  • Ford Foundation Grant, Migration and Security Program, 2003.
  • Human Security Fellowship, Canadian Consortium on Human Security, 2003
  • International Security Research Outreach Program, Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, 2002
  • Security and Defence Forum Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2001-02
  • University of London Central Research Fund Grant, 1997-98
  • Canadian Security and Defence Forum PhD Scholarship 1998-00
  • Canadian Centennial Scholarship Fund Award, 1998-99
  • Alfred Zauberman Award (LSE), 1997-98
  • Celanese Canada Internationalist Fellowship, 1997-98
  • Robert McKenzie Canadian Scholarship (LSE), 1996-97
  • Moscow Institute of Political Studies Graduate Scholarship, 1996-97
  • London School of Economics Studentships, 1995-98
  • Canadian Dept. of National Defence Language Scholarship, 1994-95



IS 200 Perspectives in Diplomacy, Security and Law
IS 304 Russian Foreign PolicyIS 412 Central Asia: Politics, Development and Security
IS 412 Central Asia, the Transcaucasus and Russia


IS 816 Security Studies
IS 809 Central Asia: Politics, Development and Security

Previous Positions

  • Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and International Studies (PAIS), The University of Warwick
  • Postdoctoral Fellow and Lecturer, Liu Institute for Global Issues and Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia