Sam Roggeveen

Director, International Security Program
Areas of expertise

Australian foreign and defence policy, China’s military forces, US defence and foreign policy, drones and other military technology. Also, trends in global democracy.

Sam Roggeveen
Biography
Publications
News and media

Sam Roggeveen is Director of the Lowy Institute’s International Security Program. 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 North Asian strategic affairs, including nuclear strategy and Asian military forces. Sam also worked on arms control policy in Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs, and as an analyst in the Defence Intelligence Organisation.

Sam has a long-standing interest in politics and political philosophy, and in 2019 he wrote Our Very Own Brexit: Australia's Hollow Politics and Where it Could Lead Us, about the hollowing out of Western democracy and its implications for Australia. 

Sam writes for newspapers and magazines in Australia and around the world, and is a regular commentator on the Lowy Institute’s digital magazine, The Interpreter, of which he was the founding editor from 2007 to 2014.

Sam is also Director of Digital at the Lowy Institute, and editor of the Lowy Institute Papers.

Afghanistan holds lessons for American power in Asia
Afghanistan holds lessons for American power in Asia
The US will one day ask the same question about its presence in Asia that it did of Afghanistan: is it still worth it?
China debate not just a matter of hawks and doves
China debate not just a matter of hawks and doves
Two new volumes explore Australia’s economic, cultural and security relationship with the emerging superpower.
Australia and migration: Will the Covid pause become a full stop?
Australia and migration: Will the Covid pause become a full stop?
A bipartisan consensus about high immigration remains. But so does arrogance about Australia’s place in the region.
Australia keeps calm while China carries on
Australia keeps calm while China carries on
In the face of sustained coercion, Canberra has rejected the urge to seek economic revenge against Beijing.
Commentary
Something is broken in the way we are conducting Australian politics
Originally published in The Mandarin.
How far would Australia go in defence of the rules-based order?
How far would Australia go in defence of the rules-based order?
The way the defence force is structured and the weapons deployed sends a message beyond the words.
Democracy vs autocracy: Biden’s “inflection point”
Democracy vs autocracy: Biden’s “inflection point”
If this really is a new Cold War, it’s off to a slow start.
What does America think the rules-based order is for?
What does America think the rules-based order is for?
The US is in a defensive crouch rather than in an expansionary mood. But bring on debate.
Book review: The Ministry for the Future
Book review: The Ministry for the Future
Putting the fate of the world in the hands of boring bureaucrats might not seem compelling – might just also be right.
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