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.

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Osaka, when Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Financial Times in a much publicized interview that “liberalism is obsolete.”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 and religious, that remain displeased … Continue reading "Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought"

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 failing to secure a majority … Continue reading "Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought"

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 contested over nine days. The … Continue reading "Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought"

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 so authorities there seek to … Continue reading "Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought"

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 outcry over the confinement of … Continue reading "Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought"

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 this legislation was that Chechnya … Continue reading "Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought"

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 a short period. Happy festivities … Continue reading "Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought"

Are Japan and Russia Ready to Resolve the Kuril Islands Dispute?

Jan 14, 2019

Russia and Japan have disparate views on the Kuril Islands that can only be overcome through significant concessions. Last year, the 70-year-long territorial dispute between Russia and Japan over the Kuril Islands again rose to prominence. On September 12, at an economic development conference in Vladivostok, Russian President Vladimir Putin extended the surprising offer to … Continue reading "Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought"

Is Chechnya Redrawing the Map of the North Caucasus?

Dec 11, 2018

Moscow begrudgingly permits regional power play in exchange for North Caucasian security, but at what point will it clash with its internal security framework? Two months of contentious ethno-politics between Chechnya and Ingushetia, which prompted extended public demonstrations in the Ingush capital Magas, culminated legally on December 6. The constitutional court of the Russian Federation … Continue reading "Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought"

Kadyrov’s Power Is on Display in Chechnya’s Border Dispute with Ingushetia

Nov 08, 2018

Moscow’s wait-and-see tactics in the North Caucasus have shifted the trajectory of regional politics in favor of the most powerful. There is an ongoing political impasse between the Russian federal republics of Chechnya and Ingushetia. Dissatisfaction among the Ingush over hasty land-swap legislation provoked some of the most prolonged public protests in recent history. The … Continue reading "Pope Francis and Vladimir Putin Represent Two Opposing Sides of Christian Thought"

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