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About Me

My name is Alexander Lanoszka. I am an Associate 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 as well as a Senior Fellow at the Ottawa-based MacDonald-Laurier Institute. I am a co-director of the Réseau d'Analyse Stratégique and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin. I am also director of the Master of Public Service program at Waterloo.


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, International Studies Quarterly, 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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Latest Publications

Credibility in Crisis: How Patrons Reassure Their Allies

with Lauren Sukin

International Studies Quarterly

How do citizens of US allies assess different reassurance strategies? This article investigates the effects of US reassurance policies on public opinion in allied states. We design and conduct a survey experiment in five Central–Eastern European states—Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and Romania—in March 2022. Set against the backdrop of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, this experiment asked respondents to evaluate four types of reassurance strategies, each a critical tool in US crisis response policy: military deployments, diplomatic summitry, economic sanctions, and public reaffirmations of security guarantees. The international security literature typically values capabilities for their deterrence and reassurance benefits, while largely dismissing public reaffirmations as “cheap talk” and economic sanctions as being ineffective. Yet we find preferences for the use of economic sanctions and public statements as reassurance strategies during crises, in part because these approaches help states manage escalation risks.




9 JULY 2024

I spoke alongside Ambassador Daniel Fried yesterday in a web event organized by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress. We discussed the upcoming NATO summit in Washington, Ukraine's membership question, and Canada's support to Ukraine. Watch here.



12 JUNE 2024

To wrap up my most recent Targeted Engagement Grant from the Department of National Defence's MINDS program, I co-authored a MLI report with Balkan Devlen and Jonathan Berkshire Miller on the supply and demand-side constraints facing NATO in the Indo-Pacific.

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2 MAY 2024

I am delighted to announce a new co-director for the Réseau d'analyse stratégique. I am in charge of bilingual publications produced by the research network, including 'Hot Takes', 'Policy Briefs', reports, and articles. 

What I am reading now

Each time I read a book by Richard Overy I am in awe of how much he knows and how little I know. Though not an easy read at about 900 pages, Blood and Ruins is a magisterial analysis of the Second World War that offers a provocative, yet compelling thesis about it being imperial.

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