Sam Roggeveen is Director of Digital and a Senior Fellow at the Lowy Institute. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University.
Sam oversees the Institute’s digital strategy across its two websites (lowyinstitute.org and lowyinterpreter.org) 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 newspapers and magazines in Australia and around the world, and is a regular commentator on The Interpreter.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel might have just told the Frankfurt beer hall crowd earlier this week that ‘The times in which we could completely depend on others are on the way out’.