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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 the Ernest Bevin Associate Fellow of Euro-Atlantic Geopolitics at the newly created Council on Geostrategy. I am also 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.

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16 JUNE 2022

I gave testimony to the Standing Senate Committee on National Defence and Security as part of a panel on the latest developments from the Russian-Ukrainian War. I touch on the reasons for both optimism and pessimism. Watch here. I appear at around 15:13.



16 JUNE 2022

I contributed to a new NATO Defence College Research Paper, spearheaded by Andrea Gilli, along with many whom I consider some of the best in their fields. The Paper looks at the systemic challenges that NATO faces as it adopts a new Strategic Concept. Read here.



12 JUNE 2022

J'ai un nouvel essai dans Le Rubicon dans lequel je parle de Macron et ses remarques récentes sur « l'humiliation de la Russie ». Veuillez lire l'essai par ce lien.

The English version is available on the RAS's website

What I am reading now

I have grown up with the narrative that victory over Nazi Germany was thanks to the Red Army being an absolute juggerrnaut on the eastern front after 1942. As such, Phillips O'Brien's How the War Was Won piques my interest in arguing that the war at sea was in fact decisive.