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.

Belarus Election Unleashes Unprecedented Anti-Government Protests

Aug 11, 2020

The victory of Alexander Lukashenko in Sunday’s presidential election in Belarus was expected. It would take a certain level of naiveté to believe that any opposition candidate could unseat the strongman who has ruled over the post-Soviet state for over a quarter of a century. The institutional system of Belarus...

Armenia and Azerbaijan Clash Again

Jul 17, 2020

The on-again, off-again conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the border region of Nagorno-Karabakh became hot again on the weekend of July 11. Skirmishes are common in the contested region, which is known as Artsakh to the Armenian side, but this recent round of deadly attacks is the most serious...

How Is COVID-19 Affecting Post-Soviet De Facto States?

Apr 08, 2020

Transnational exchanges and movements distinctive of the modern international community slowly came to a halt due to the unprecedented rate of transmission of COVID-19. Many sovereign states closed their borders to all sorts of non-essential travel. These unprecedented actions revived questions over the viability of open border policies, especially in...

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...

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