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Meet Justin James

Justin James

I’ve always been interested in global issues of strategy and security, but since I grew up in the coalfields of Central North Queensland, it was never something I considered to be a viable career path.  Through school I was set on a path to study engineering and it wasn’t until I finally got to Canberra that I realised that there were other options out there. Coming to the realisation that I hated maths, I swapped out of engineering for the Bachelor of International Security Studies. Safe to say it’s been one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

The course content is absolutely fascinating and prioritises contemporary relevance. Professors make a serious effort to get to know you and are happy to offer their assistance. Not only are they experts of their respective fields, most of them were high level practitioners at the forefront of some of Australia’s biggest foreign policy challenges. You get exclusive access to the likes of former Chief of Defence Admiral Chris Barrie and former Deputy Secretary for Strategy and Intelligence, Hugh White to name a few. They also draw on the Canberra locale and their own vast personal networks to produce an incredible line-up of guest lecturers.

I aspire to have a similar career and through the degree I’ve had amazing opportunities such as paid internships, meetings with federal cabinet ministers and some opportunities I can’t always openly discuss. Most importantly, coming to class is never a burden when you enjoy what you do.  uch as the defence budget. ANU also has a great sense of community, especially within my degree.  There are a lot of friendly faces around and smaller class numbers means that making friends has been easy and fun.”



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