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Both this government and the last has dedicated itself to a defence strategy that emphasises an ability to fight over much longer distances. Lowy Institute international security specialist Sam Roggeveen argues that Australia's single biggest defence asset is distance, and we are throwing away that advantage by insisting on capabilities – primarily the AUKUS submarines - which will hand that advantage to an adversary and increase the risk of military strikes against Australia.

Join us for an evening lecture with guest speaker Sam Roggeveen as we consider the future of Australia's defence strategy.

*6.15pm for a 6.30pm start.

Image, Exercise Waratah Run 2023 by Jacob Joseph, Department of Defence


  • Sam Roggeveen (Director, International Security Program of Lowy Institute)

    Sam Roggeveen

    Director, International Security Program of Lowy Institute


    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.

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