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 also a member of the Réseau d'Analyse Stratégique and a Visiting Professor at the College of Europe, Natolin.
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.
Sweden, Finland, and the Meaning of Alliance Membership
with Katherine Kjellström Elgin
Texas National Security Review
Rationalist understandings of military alliances argue that a formal treaty underpinning the security relationship is crucial for deepening and rendering more efficient defense cooperation between countries. However, Sweden’s and Finland’s cooperation with NATO prior to 2022, when the two countries announced their intentions to formally join the alliance, was far more substantial than what rationalist explanations would expect. Traditional approaches to military alliances overlook the importance of ontological, or identity-based, considerations that come with being a formal member of an alliance. Accordingly, not only is signing a treaty functionally important, it is also significant in terms of what it implies for national identity in terms of security policy. For Sweden and Finland, this suggests that the greatest change with NATO membership will be with regard to identity and strategic culture.
The winter 2024 term has been busy . Having already participated in events at the University of Manitoba and West Point, I will be giving Senate testimony on the Russo-Ukrainian War on 26 February. I also am giving a public talk on revanchism at the University of Ottawa on 29 February.
17 JANUARY 2024
For the Council on Geostrategy's Britain's World, I discuss Britain's continued leadership when it comes to providing military and political support to Ukraine, arguing that additional steps could still be taken, not least strengthening the trilateral with Poland. Read here.
20 NOVEMBER 2023
I am delighted that New Eastern Europe has published my essay titled "China and Russia: A Strategic Partnership With Many Limits" in its latest (and last) print issue for 2023. If you are a subscriber, you may find the piece here.
What I am reading now
Maria Popova and Oxana Shevel have written an excellent book that anyone interested in East Central Europe should read. Their basic argument is that Ukrainian society embarked upon a path of democratic reform, which incurred the wrath of a Russia that still wishes to dominate that country.