Sam is a PhD candidate and research officer at the ANU National Security College. He joined the ANU in 2016 and the National Security College in April 2018. His research engages with Indian Ocean security issues, with a focus on the past, present and future of the Chagos Archipelago (British Indian Ocean Territory). He also supports the NSC’s Indo-Pacific Strategy: Undersea Deterrence Project and the Indo-Pacific Strategy: Indian Ocean Project.
Sam completed his Master of National Security Policy degree in July 2020 and received an ANU Professional Staff Scholarship and the National Security College Award. He was most recently Course Coordinator in the NSC Professional Studies team, and Project Officer in the Strategic Partnerships and International Office at the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific. Prior to joining the ANU, Sam interned at the Jakarta Globe newspaper in Indonesia, worked at the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre at the University of Sydney, and at the Attorney General’s Department. He completed his honours degree in Indonesian Studies at Monash University and undertook an ACICIS flexible immersion program at Gadjah Mada University in Yogyakarta. During his studies, Sam was awarded an Anne Wallace Memorial Travel Grant, as well as a Victorian Government Hamer Scholarship.
Australia and the Quad: From hesitancy to embracement, 2021, Journal of Indian Ocean Studies, forthcoming.
Military Security Obstacles to Decolonizing the Chagos: A Reply to Harris, 2021, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 23 June 2021, https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19480881.2021.1924029
Protecting children online: What do Australia’s Cocos Islands have to do with child exploitation? Policy Forum, 8 June 2021, https://www.policyforum.net/protecting-children-online/
Agalega: A glimpse of India’s remote island military base, The Interpreter, 2 March 2021, https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/agalega-glimpse-india-s-re...
Book Review: Do Morals Matter? Presidents and Foreign Policy from FDR to Trump, 2020, Security Challenges, 16:4, https://regionalsecurity.org.au/security_challenge/do-morals-matter-pres...
The Diego Garcia dispute hits cyberspace, The Interpreter, 21 January 2021, https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/diego-garcia-dispute-hits-...
Trust, Mistrust and the Chagos Archipelago Sovereignty Dispute, Pathfinder Indian Ocean Security Conference, 2020, https://pathfinderfoundation.lk/images/pdf/Conference_Materials/AUSTRALIA-Mistrust_and_the_Chagos_Bashfield_Pathfinder_2020.pdf
Mauritian Sovereignty over the Chagos Archipelago? Strategic Implications for Diego Garcia from a UK-US Perspective, 2020, Journal of the Indian Ocean Region, 16:2, 166-181, https://doi-org.virtual.anu.edu.au/10.1080/19480881.2020.1770949.
Mauritius, Diego Garcia and the Small Matter of Nukes, The Interpreter, 26 May 2020, https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/mauritius-diego-garcia-and...
Diego Garcia: The Costs of Defending an Indian Ocean Outpost, The Interpreter, 5 December 2019, https://www.lowyinstitute.org/the-interpreter/diego-garcia-costs-defendi...
Australia’s Cocos Islands Cannot Replace America’s Troubled Diego Garcia, The Diplomat, 16 April 2019, https://thediplomat.com/2019/04/australias-cocos-islands-cannot-replace-...
Australia’s Liberal Party Releases National Security Plan Ahead of May Elections, The Diplomat, 21 February 2019, https://thediplomat.com/2019/02/australias-liberal-party-releases-nation...
Australia Needs a New National Security Strategy, The Diplomat, 1 February 2019, https://thediplomat.com/2019/02/australia-needs-a-new-national-security-...
Supervisor(s) and panel members
Scholarships and fellowships
ANU University Research Scholarship
Crawford School of Public Policy
ANU College of Asia & the Pacific
J.G. Crawford Building No. 132
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 2601 Australia