Alexander Lanoszka

Associate Professor
Alexander Lanoszka

Areas of Specialization

  • International security
  • Alliance politics
  • Theories of war
  • European security  

Biography and Research

BA (Windsor), PhD (Princeton)

Alexander Lanoszka is an Assistant Professor of International Relations at the University of Waterloo. He studies alliance politics, theories of war, and European security. His first book Atomic Assurance: The Alliance Politics of Nuclear Proliferation (Cornell University Press, 2018) examines the conditions under which states that receive formal security commitments begin, and sometimes stop, seeking their own nuclear weapons. His second book Military Alliances in the Twenty-First Century (Polity, 2022) offers a holistic overview of how alliances operate from their conception to their eventual demise. He has also co-written policy monographs on Baltic regional security and Taiwan’s defence posture as well as co-edited a volume on NATO's enhanced Forward Presence.
He sits on the editorial board of the journal Contemporary Security Policy and is the Ernest Bevin Associate Fellow in Euro-Atlantic Geopolitics at the UK-based think-tank Council on Geostrategy. He taught at City, University of London prior to coming to Waterloo and held fellowships at the Massachusetts Institute for Technology and Dartmouth College. You may learn more about his work at his website

Current Teaching

  • PSCI 150 – Introduction to Global Politics
  • PSCI 355 – Russia and its Neighbours
  • PSCI 384 – Technology and International Security
  • PSCI 481/687 – Interstate War

Selected Publications


Military Alliances in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge, UK: Polity, 2022). 

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


"Thank Goodness for NATO Enlargement," International Politics, vol. 57 (2020): 451-470.

“Disinformation in International Politics,” European Journal of International Security, vol. 4, no. 2 (2019): 227-248.

"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.

“Rage of Honor: Entente Indignation and the Lost Chance for Peace in the First World War,” Security Studies, vol. 24, no. 2 (2015): 662-695, with Michael A. Hunzeker.