“I think it’s essential for members of the military to ensure their opinions are generated from study and tested through the academic process.”
“As a serving member of the Australian Army I have a keen interest in the affairs of our areas of operation. Middle Eastern affairs are too often abridged by shallow journalism as oil politics, which belies the diverse ethnic, religious and economic motivations of the region.
I developed a passion for Middle Eastern affairs in my youth, which led me to undertake an Advanced Diploma in Vocational Arabic through 18 months intensive study in Australia and at the University of Jordan. I sought to capitalise from this study with a broader qualification, and upon relocating to Canberra I chose the MMECAS. After a traditional undergraduate experience, where I was one of one hundred students in the room (B Economics/B Commerce at the University of Queensland), I was looking for greater academic interaction. The CAIS class sizes enabled me to become personally acquainted with all the lecturers. This relationship was especially important when temporarily studying by correspondence overseas.
The challenge of simultaneous work and study was made easy by the collegial nature of the students and the quality of teaching - articles by lectures and PhD candidates from CAIS are regularly published in the national media. For my final subjects I chose Persian language studies, which complimented my economic and political focus.
I think it’s essential for members of the military to ensure their opinions are generated from study and tested through the academic process. Studying at ANU parttime has enhanced my profile within the military and given me confidence to provide accurate commentary on