Latest Publications

To Engage or to Contain? Canada-Russia Relations in the Shifting International Order


The Palgrave Handbook of Canada in International Affairs

From the conclusion: "Historically, Canada’s relationship with Russia has seen much acrimony. And yet, antagonism towards Russia was never absolute. Whether in the 1920s or the 1970s, Canadian leaders have consistently seen in Russia key opportunities to engage in international cooperation. Canada may at present be a leader in current defence and deterrence initiatives aimed at preventing Russian aggression, but if history is any guide, Canadian leaders may believe that more conciliatory policies are desirable."

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 the Ernest Bevin Associate Fellow of Euro-Atlantic Geopolitics at the newly created Council on Geostrategy. I am a co-leader of the European NATO subgroup of the Defense and Security Foresight Group and a member of the Réseau d'Analyse Stratégique.


I was previously a Lecturer in the Department of International Politics at City, University of London, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Dickey Center for International Understanding at Dartmouth College, and a Stanton Nuclear Security Postdoctoral Fellow at MIT's Security Studies Program. I completed my doctorate in the Department of Politics at 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.



4 AUGUST 2021

Pleased to share my new article with James Rodgers (City, University of London) in Media, War & Conflict on how the Russian state has cultivated both military and communication power in tandem. It is open access!


2 AUGUST 2021

We have a cover! Military Alliances in the Twenty-First Century (Polity) will be out in the United Kingdom and the EU in January 2022, and the United States and elsewhere in March 2022. You may pre-order the book on Amazon.

CoG Panel

15 JULY 2021

Delighted to have contributed to a fantastic panel organized by the Council on Geostrategy, alongside Tobias Ellwood (MP), Dr. Mark Galeotti, and Ambassador Vadym Prystaiko. To watch the hour-long panel, click here

What I am reading now

I fondly recall Stephen Biddle giving a presentation of the argument that would go on to be Nonstate Warfare a number of years ago in a research seminar I used to co-run when I was still a graduate student at Princeton. I am excited to have finally this book in hand. It problematizes the oft-made distinction between conventional and guerrilla tactics.