Assistant Professor

Alexander LanoszkaAreas of Specialization

International security

Alliance politics

Theories of war

European security  

Biography and Research

BA (Windsor), PhD (Princeton)

Dr. Alexander Lanoszka is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Waterloo. His research agenda encompasses international security, alliance politics, and theories of war, with special focus on Central and Northeastern Europe. He sits on the editorial board of the journal Contemporary Security Policy and is an Honorary Fellow at City, University of London, where he previously taught prior to coming to Waterloo. He held fellowships at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Dartmouth College upon finishing his PhD at Princeton University.

He has published articles in such journals as International Security, International Affairs, Security Studies, and The Nonproliferation Review. His book Atomic Assurance: The Alliance Politics of Nuclear Proliferation (with Cornell University Press) examines how alliances can best deter, and reverse, efforts at nuclear proliferation by states that receive security guarantors from the United States. He also has a Strategic Studies Institute monograph (co-authored with Michael A. Hunzeker) that focuses on how the U.S. Army can contribute to the defence of the Baltic region against external aggression. His research has taken him around the world to conduct interviews and to collect archival materials.

Current Teaching

  • PSCI 150 Introduction to Global Politics
  • PSCI 355 Russia and Its Neighbours
  • PSCI 387 Globalization
  • PSCI 481 Interstate War

Selected Publications


Atomic Assurance: The Alliance Politics of Nuclear Proliferation (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2018).


"Nuclear Proliferation and Nonproliferation among Soviet Allies," Journal of Global Security Studies, vol. 3,no. 2 (2018): 217-233.

"Nuclear Ambiguity, No-First-Use, and Crisis Stability in Asymmetrical Crises," with Thomas Leo Scherer, Nonproliferation Review, vol. 24, no. 3-4 (2017): 343-355.

"From Ottawa to Riga: Three Tensions in Canadian Defence Policy," International Journal, vol. 72, no. 4 (2017): 520-537.

"To Arm or To Ally? The Patron’s Dilemma and the Strategic Logic of Arms Transfers and Alliances", International Security, vol. 41, no. 2 (2016): 90-139, with Keren Yarhi-Milo and Zack Cooper.

"Russian Hybrid Warfare and Extended Deterrence in Eastern Europe," International Affairs, vol. 92, no. 1 (2016): 175-195.

"Do Allies Really Free Ride?" Survival: Global Politics and Strategy, vol. 57, no. 3 (2015): 133-152.

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