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Military Alliances in the Twenty-First Century


From Polity's website: "Military Alliances in the Twenty-First Century is the first book to explore fully the politics that shape these security arrangements – from their initial formation through the various challenges that test them and, sometimes, lead to their demise. Across six thematic chapters, Alexander Lanoszka challenges conventional wisdom that has dominated our understanding of how military alliances have operated historically and into the present. Although military alliances today may seem uniquely hobbled by their internal difficulties, Lanoszka argues that they are in fact, by their very nature, prone to dysfunction."

"Alliances are a foundational building block of the international order, but academics and practitioners have slighted the study of alliance management. Alexander Lanoszka provides a remedy with a scintillating tour d’horizon of the promise and perils of alliances in the twenty-first century." Eric S. Edelman, Former Under-Secretary of Defense for Policy

About Me

My name is Alexander Lanoszka. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science and in the Balsillie School of International Affairs at the University of Waterloo. I am also an Associate Fellow at the UK-based Council on Geostrategy. I am also a member of the Réseau d'Analyse Stratégique. For the 2022-23 Academic Year, I am a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin, where I will take up a short residency in the spring of 2023.


I was previously a Lecturer in the Department of International Politics at City, University of London and held postdoctoral fellowships at Dartmouth College and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. I received my Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University in 2014.


My research addresses issues in alliance politics, nuclear strategy, and theories of war, and has appeared in International Security, Security Studies, International Affairs, and elsewhere. My books include Atomic Assurance: The Alliance Politics of Nuclear Proliferation (Cornell, 2018) and Military Alliances in the Twenty-First Century (Polity, 2022). I have done work on East Asia but Europe is my primary regional focus, with special emphasis on Central and Northeastern Europe. I have two places that I consider home: Windsor-Detroit and Krakow, Poland.

On this website, you will find information about my books, monographs, and published articles as well as information on my academic research, teaching, and commentary.

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25 NOVEMBER 2022

I spoke with Jennifer Genauer in an episode of her podcast Update from Kyiv to discuss my book Military Alliances in the Twenty-First Century in the context of events from the past year. Give it a listen by clicking this link.




I gave an interview with the Conference of Defence Associations Institute to discuss the latest on Russia's war against Ukraine, with focus on the prospects for a settlement, the Przewodów incident, Putin's political survival, and so forth. You may read the interview here.



19 NOVEMBER 2022

I will be visiting Riga for a few days in mid-December to discuss my new book Military Alliances in the Twenty-First Century at the National Defence Academy of Latvia. Thereafter I will be attending an edited book workshop on alliances organized by colleagues at the University of Antwerp.

What I am reading now

In The Hegemon's Tool Kit, Rebecca Davis Gibbons persuasively argues that American leadership has been integral for the creation and functioning of the nuclear non-proliferation regime. It fills key gaps in our knowledge by bringing in the U.S. bureaucracy to explain those efforts.