Jamal Nabulsi is graduating this semester with a Master of International Relations (Advanced) with a plan to continue down the path of academia.
Jamal came to study at ANU for the opportunity to learn from world-leading academics. Soon after commencing his study, Jamal began to work as a Policy Analyst at the General Delegation of Palestine to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific.
"It was so useful to be able to apply my studies in 'the real world' as I was learning, as well as use insights gained in my job to inform my studies," he says.
'Risky Business: A model of sufficient risk for anticipatory self-defence' is the title of Jamal's thesis which focuses on the ethics of anticipatory wars, drawing on the thought of 18th century Swiss philosopher Emmerich de Vattel to propose a new model for thinking about when wars might or might not be justified.
One highlight during his studies, Jamal says, was to be able to work alongside Dr Luke Glanville who was both the lecturer for courses that inspired his idea for the project and also his supervisor.
"We had many interesting discussions, thinking through the puzzles and problems posed by my research question," he says.
Jamal also had the opportunity to tutor for a few of the Coral Bell School's foundation courses and work as a teaching assistant.
"I have found taking tutorials to be particularly fulfilling and have really enjoyed getting to know my students, drawing on their knowledge and interests to create a fun and engaging learning environment for all of us (they've taught me at least as much as I've taught them)," he explains.
"The ANU has provided me with great opportunities to improve not just my learning, but also my teaching. I have completed various teaching courses on offer, and I have recently registered for the ANU Educational Fellowship Scheme, through which I hope to become an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy by the end of the year."
"My experience in the Coral Bell School has helped me to realise my passion for academic research and teaching. Upon graduation from the Master of International Relations program, I will continue with tutoring and teaching assistant work at the ANU, while I apply for a PhD program. I hope to explore the role of affect and emotions in International Relation," Jamal summarises his experience and future plans.