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.

What I missed this year: America pushes back
What I missed this year: America pushes back
There has been a clear shift in US thinking regarding China's long term trajectory.
Commentary
Beware of joining US in a cold war it can’t win
Published in The Australian on 21 November 2018. Sam Roggeveen
Combat drones: Australia’s uncertain future
Combat drones: Australia’s uncertain future
When it comes to stealthy combat drones, momentum is with China right now. That’s a problem for Australia.
More than words needed to meet the China challenge
More than words needed to meet the China challenge
There appears to be little evidence of the US preparing itself for a whole-of-nation competition with China.
Scott Morrison gets ready for Asia’s summit season
Scott Morrison gets ready for Asia’s summit season
Yes, familiar themes abound, but there was plenty of interest in the PM’s first big foreign policy speech.
Holiday Monday
Holiday Monday
Today is a public holiday for staff at the Lowy Institute.
No, Australia has not caught the Trump bug
No, Australia has not caught the Trump bug
Rather than an outsider, Peter Dutton is a party loyalist who tried to rescue his party against a wealthy outsider.
Commentary
Liberal leadership spill: The democratic arc of instability
Originally published in Australian Financial Review. Sam Roggeveen
Commentary
Australia’s political shakeup is evidence of the decline of party politics
Originally published in Washington Post.Sam Roggeveen
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