Five years ago, the Lowy Institute for International Policy took the unconventional step (for a think tank) of launching a blog about international political, economic and strategic affairs. The Interpreter (http://www.lowyinterpreter.org) has since become essential reading for Australian debates about foreign policy and the rise of Asia, attracting some of Australia’s best political writers and prominent voices from around the world.
Journalists James Fallows, Annabel Crabb and Mark Corcoran have all called The Interpreter ‘excellent’. Walter Russell Mead called it ‘remarkable’. AFR columnist Christopher Joye described it as ‘the best of its kind across any academic discipline in Australia…(a) real-time clearing house for policy innovation’.
Founding editor of The Interpreter Sam Roggeveen has learnt a few things about blogging and about Australian political debate over these last five years. One of those things is that top-ten lists are a really good way to attract attention to your blog.
In that spirit, Sam will present ’10 lessons from 5 years of political blogging’ at the ANU on 8 November. Please join us for the event.
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.