Sam Roggeveen

Director of Digital
Lowy Institute for International Policy
Areas of Expertise
China’s military forces, drone warfare, US politics and foreign policy, new media, terrorism, Australia's foreign and defence policy
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Sam Roggeveen is Director of Digital at the Lowy Institute. He oversees the Institute’s digital strategy across its two websites ( and and its social media channels. Sam joined the Lowy Institute in 2007 as founding editor of its digital magazine, The Interpreter. In that role he was privileged to work with some of Australia’s best international policy minds to put together one of the smartest, wittiest, most informative sites on the web.

Before joining the Lowy Institute, Sam was a senior strategic analyst in Australia's peak intelligence agency, the Office of National Assessments, where his work dealt mainly with nuclear strategy and arms control, ballistic-missile defence, North Asian strategic affairs and WMD terrorism. Sam also worked on arms control policy in Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs, and as an analyst in the Defence Intelligence Organisation.

During his time in the bureaucracy, Sam discovered the power of blogs to transform the way politics is debated and discussed. Sam has written for various Australian newspapers and magazines, though these days he prefers to save his best material for The Interpreter.