Dr Sam Bateman retired from the RAN as a Commodore and is now a Professorial Research Fellow at the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) at the University of Wollongong in Australia, and an Adviser to the Maritime Security Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. His naval service included four ship commands ranging from a patrol boat to guided-missile destroyer. He has written extensively on defence and maritime issues in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean, and was awarded his PhD from the University of NSW in 2001 for a dissertation on “The Strategic and Political Aspects of the Law of the Sea in East Asian Seas”. He is a nominated member of the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) Expert and Eminent Persons’ Group.
Sam Bateman has co-authored several reports for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), including Our Western Front: Australia and the Indian Ocean (2010), Staying the Course: Australia and Maritime Security in the South Pacific (2011), Making waves: Australian ocean development assistance (2012), and most recently, Terms of Engagement – Australia’s regional defence diplomacy (2013). He has also co-authored the policy papers for RSIS: Good Order at Sea in Southeast Asia – Policy Recommendations (2009) and ASEAN and the Indian Ocean (2011). His recent co-edited publications include Maritime Challenges and Priorities in Asia - Implications for regional security (Routledge, 2012), Southeast Asia and the Rise of Chinese and Indian Naval Power: Between rising naval powers (Routledge, 2010), and Lloyd’s MIU Handbook of Maritime Security (Auerbach Publications, 2009).
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)