Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab

“The fight is here; I need ammunition, not a ride.”                           - President Volodymyr Zelensky


The Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab (LDNS Lab) advances character-driven leadership, diplomacy, and national security education and training in support of the full range of university enterprises. Led by diplomatic and national security professionals, The Lab dedicates itself to learner-centered solutions and thought leadership through a global network of partners employing state of the art learning tools.

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Upcoming Events and Programs

Masterclass Dates

Spring 2024 Global Literacy Masterclasses are offered virtually from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. AZ MST at no charge.

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The Future of Cyber Defense as a Deterrent

The Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab
of Arizona State University
is proud to present

The Future of Cyber Defense as a Deterrent 

An Address by
Lieutenant General (Ret) Robert E. Schmidle, Jr.
Former Deputy Commander of U.S. Cyber Command and current Professor of Practice and University Advisor on Cyber Capabilities and Conflict Studies

Moderated by
Ambassador David J. Scheffer and Lieutenant General (Ret) Benjamin C. Freakley
Arizona State University (Washington, D.C.)

April 1, 2024
Reception: 4:30 - 5:00 pm ET
Program: 5:00 - 6:30 pm ET

Zoom Option Available (2:00 - 3:30 pm AZ MST)

ASU Barrett & O’Connor Washington Center
8th Floor Event Pavilion
1800 I Street NW 
Washington, DC 20006

Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be available

Please RSVP.
ID will be required at the door. 


Guest speaker discusses intersection of law and business in corporate foreign policy

Guest speaker, Professor of Ethics and Law, Kish Parella, of Washington and Lee University, discusses the intersection of law and business in corporate foreign policy. In her conversation with Ambassador David Scheffer, she shares her thoughts on the Russian invasion of Ukraine and its implications for war.

Click the link to learn more: https://lnkd.in/gcKKsCnJ

Watch the full lecture here: https://lnkd.in/g8vqTWdA

LDNS Lab Newsletter

Thank you for tuning in to our first quarterly newsletter — designed to provide updates on LDNS Lab events, projects, research and opportunities for students and partners. With these newsletters, we aim to showcase more of what we do, and who we are. Whether you're an ASU student or alumni, staff, or community member, we look forward to connecting with you!

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Congratulations to our 2023 MA-IAL Graduates!

Congratulations to the 2023 MA-IAL Graduates!

The ASU LDNS Lab team congratulates the following students on graduating from the M.A. International Affairs and Leadership program!

Brandon Axelrod, Muriel Batta, Austin Bennett, Shamiah Bullock, Kimberly Curry, Ismail Dashti, Sean Gallagher, Suzanna Gardner, Jacob Gleason, Emma Hager, Breck Heltzel, Nicolas Khonaysser, Thomas Koch, Logan Montel, Mallory Montour, Emily Muller, Stephen Salter, Tara Toone, Brian Valencia Arvizu, and Quinn Vlacich

We wish these students the best of luck as they continue their leadership journey in the field of international affairs. 

Lab Topics

Former war crimes ambassador-at-large on Israel's defense to genocide allegations

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with David Scheffer, former ambassador-at-large for war crimes issues, about Israel's defense to allegations that it is committing genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.


Israel faces genocide allegations at U.N. court

Israel is facing allegations of genocide in a landmark case underway at the U.N.'s highest court. David Scheffer, former U.S. ambassador at large for war crimes issues, joins CBS News to unpack the case.


“The Gravity Level”: Israel and the Evolving Question of Genocide

A follow-up conversation with David Scheffer about South Africa and Israel at The Hague.

Israel , Genocide

What the rules of war say about Israel's attacks in Gaza

NPR's Scott Simon speaks to David Scheffer, former U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, about the limits of international laws governing how wars are fought.

Israel-Gaza, Middle East


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