Rejeanne Lacroix

Réjeanne Lacroix is a Canadian independent researcher focusing on international security and the post-Soviet space. She earned her BA in Political Science at Laurentian University and an MA in International Security Studies at the University of Leicester. Her analysis on a wide range of topics was previously featured at the NATO Association of Canada.

Is Russia Ready for Its Own Me Too Movement?

Nov 27, 2019

The #MeToo movement immensely shifted public discourse in many Western countries, but it experienced slower development in Russia. It was dismissed at the highest levels of government as well as in provincial regions across the federation. Many of the tenets of the feminist movement were considered incongruent with Russian culture,...

A Caucasus Border Dispute Brings Back Memories of War

Sep 24, 2019

The South Caucasus region remains politically unstable, and ongoing developments offer tinges of events that resulted in the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. South Ossetia, a breakaway region of Georgia recognized by Russia (and a handful of others) as an independent republic, finds itself yet again amidst another dispute over border demarcations,...

An Election Brings Abkhazia Back into Focus

Aug 23, 2019

The disputed existence of the breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia has come into focus again in the context of the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Russia and Georgia and the August anniversary of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War. Abkhazia remains at the heart of discussions because its upcoming election on...

Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought

Jul 16, 2019

Mainstream discussions over the future of liberalism rose once again ahead of the G20 Summit in Osaka, when Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Financial Times in a much publicized interview that “liberalism is obsolete.” This viewpoint is especially appreciated by those united in a variety of traditionalist movements, philosophical...

A Constitutional Crisis in Moldova Produces an Unexpected Alliance

Jun 18, 2019

Russia and the West seem to be on the same page when it comes to the resolution of the political crisis in Moldova. Moldova is overcoming its most serious political crisis since its independence from the Soviet Union, which ensued when the incumbent Democratic Party refused to step down despite...

Belarus Understands the Diplomatic Power of Sport

Jun 11, 2019

It seems Minsk is becoming a fixture on the international sporting calendar despite the widely condemned human rights situation in Belarus. The second edition of the European Games is set to kick off on June 21 in Minsk, Belarus. Events covering 15 different sports, from archery to sambo, will be...

Forbidden Fruit and Dirty Oil: Russia’s Latest Dispute with Belarus

May 20, 2019

Relations between Russia and neighboring Belarus are often denoted by strategic tit-for-tat. Reactions in the past weeks over disputed subsidies and tainted crude oil demonstrate that the alliance between the two post-Soviet states is unsettled. Any hint of insecurity within the Russian sphere of influence is detrimental to Moscow, and...

Was That Friendly Whale a Russian Spy?

May 02, 2019

A beluga whale on a suspected spy mission off the coast of Norway adds to the ongoing Western narrative of Russian intelligence services expanding their global reach. When it comes to animal welfare and spying, Russia has few competitors in grabbing the headlines. The Russian government faced weeks of international...

Ongoing Protests in Ingushetia Mean More Political Problems for Moscow

Apr 05, 2019

Ingush leader Yunus-bek Yevkurov has lost his political legitimacy, and all he can do now is consolidate control until the Kremlin appoints a successor. In the autumn of 2018, Chechnya and Ingushetia signed a controversial land deal that established a new border between the two republics. The primary complaint against...

Will Bosnia and Herzegovina Ever Rise Above Its Ethnic Divisions?

Mar 22, 2019

A key flaw of the Dayton Accords and the subsequent political framework established in Bosnia and Herzegovina is that it overlooked the power of identity politics. Once a year, the Day of Republika Srpska attracts international media attention, and abundant discussions over the future of Bosnia and Herzegovina persist for...

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