Events and Announcements

Upcoming Events

Upcoming Events

Fall/Winter Global Literacy Masterclasses

Global Literacy Masterclass Badge

Fall/Winter Global Literacy Masterclasses

The LDNS Lab Masterclass Series, offered through the Lab’s Ambassador-in-Residence, engages the ASU community in a broad–ranging conversation about America’s foreign policy and world affairs. Classes are held from 12-2 p.m. AZ

International Trade and the American Worker: January 24, 2023

Register Now

Past Events

Past Events

Past Event

Ambassador-in-Residence Fall Office Hours

ASU Ambassador in Residence Michael Polt speaks with student

ASU Ambassador-in-Residence Fall Office Hours 

Please join Ambassador Michael C. Polt for monthly office hours to discuss U.S. foreign policy and diplomatic and international affairs careers. Fall 2022 office hours will be held 12-1pm AZ MST on the following dates:

December 5, 2022

Zoom: https://asu.zoom.us/j/82092629073?pwd=VlVGOHpSWm5IRWQ0bEJOck90cWo5dz09; Password:1111

Past Event

Salute to Service Panel Discussion Luncheon with Arizona Military Leaders

Salute to Service_Selects_Image

Salute to Service Panel Luncheon with Arizona Military Leaders

Friday, November 4, 2022

Doors open at 11:30 a.m. AZ

Old Main – Carson Ballroom

400 E. Tyler Mall, Tempe AZ, 85281

Panel Discussion 1:  “How Are Military Services Adapting to New Domains of Warfare, Specifically Cyber and Space?” 12-1 p.m.

Panel Discussion 2:  “The Give and Take of Service" 1:15-2:15 p.m.

RSVP Here

Past Event

Salute to Service: Why We Serve

Salute to Service Flyer

Salute to Service: Why We Serve

On November 1, Join the ASU Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab for a Salute to Service Webinar. LDNS Lab co-founders Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley and Ambassador Michael C. Polt will moderate a discussion on "Why We Serve" with ASU-affiliated leaders who demonstrate strong records of service across multiple fields and sectors. 

Panelists:

Christine Moore: Instructional Designer at EdPlus

Captain Tai Nguyen: Infantry Company Commander, A Company, 1-23 Infantry Battalion, US Army and MA-IAL Student

Kimberly Curry: Community Engagement Coordinator, International Rescue Committee and MA IAL Student.

RSVP

Past Event

Policy Design Studio Information Session

EOD Visit to Tempe Banner

POS 494: Policy Design Studio Information Session

Monday, Oct. 24th 4 p.m. AZ
L1-84 Lattie F. Coor Hall

Join Ambassador Edward O'Donnell for an informal information session about POS 494: Policy Design Studio, an embassy simulation course. 

RSVP at Ashley.A.Wright@asu.edu by Oct. 20

Learn More About PDS

Past Event

Film Screening and Conversation - Son of a Sweeper

Join the ASU Leadership, Diplomacy, and National Security Lab and ASU World Innovator Dr. Vimal Kumar, Founder of Movement for Scavenger Community, for a screening and discussion of Son of a Sweeper. 

Dr. Kumar is the son of a sweeper, or “untouchable” in India’s cruel caste system. The film profiles his efforts to provide different options and more hope for other children of sweepers through education. Documentarians follow him around India as he manages his “Movement for Scavenger Community” and observe his challenges... and his success.

ASU LDNS Lab co-founders Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley and Ambassador Michael C. Polt will moderate a discussion with Dr. Kumar following the film on democratizing character-driven leadership within oppressed communities. 

Doors open at 5 p.m. Pizza and soda will be provided. This is a hybrid event with the option to attend virtually or in-person at the Barrett & O'Connor Center. Attendees joining virtually will be emailed a Zoom Webinar link prior to the event.

*Note: Registration has now closed. Learn more about Vimal's work in the article below.

Learn More

Past Event

The American Diplomacy Project II - Presentation of the Blueprints

ASU Washington Diplomatic Roundtable

The American Diplomacy Project II - Presentation of the Blueprints

September 8, 2022 | ASU Barrett & O'Connor Center, Washington, D.C. | 12:30 p.m.

The ASU Washington Diplomatic Roundtable is a quarterly event hosted by the University’s Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab. Following its launch in January this year, this is the second Roundtable dedicated to ASU’s engagement in support of the modernization of U.S. diplomacy. The Phase II project team, in collaboration with the Una Chapman Cox Foundation and ASU, has assembled detailed blueprints for four critical areas of State Department reform. At this event, team leaders will present their work and take audience questions.

This Zoom Webinar is open to the public. Please click the button below for more information and the link to attend.

More Info + Link

Past Event

American Diplomacy Project - Phase II Midterm Report

May 31, 12:30 p.m.  EST

The ASU Washington Diplomatic Roundtable is a quarterly event hosted by the University’s Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab. Following its launch in January this year, this is the second Roundtable dedicated to ASU’s engagement in support of the modernization of U.S. diplomacy.
The Phase II project team, in collaboration with the Una Chapman Cox Foundation and ASU, is assembling detailed blueprints for four critical areas of Foreign Service reform. At this event at the midpoint of the effort, team leaders will provide a brief progress update and take audience questions. 

Tune in Live

Learn More

Past Event

Global Literacy Masterclass - Diplomacy First

April 18, 2022 12-2 p.m.

A review of the development and execution of U.S. foreign policy from the ground up -- or rather the top down -- including a discussion of the value for U.S. diplomacy as the first and priority tool of America’s international engagement.

Register Now

Past Event

Global Literacy Masterclass - The U.S. and the World

April 12, 2022, 12-2 p.m.

An examination of the unique U.S. role in the world, how we got here, and where we are likely to go in the future.

Like in all our masterclasses, we strip away the jargon of international politics and speak in clear text about us as a people on an undeniably interconnected globe.

Register Now

Past Event

Genocide Awareness Week 2022

Not on Our Watch

The 10th Rosenbluth Family Charitable Foundation Genocide Awareness Week, held April 4-9, 2022, is a series of lectures, exhibits and storytelling by distinguished survivors, scholars, politicians, activists, artists, humanitarians and members of law enforcement. This week-long event seeks to address how we, as a global society, confront violent actions and current and ongoing threats of genocide throughout the world, while also looking to the past for guidance and to honor those affected by genocide.

Learn more

Past Event

Global Literacy Masterclass - International Trade and the American Worker

March 24, 2022, 12-1:30 p.m.

A fact-based discussion of international trade and how it affects American workers. How can international trade create quality jobs for American workers and what are the negative effects?  How can increasing trade and investment outside the United States serve American interests?  What are your concerns about international trade?

Register Now

Past Event

Diplomats at Work by the American Foreign Service Association

Continuing our celebration of USAID's 60th birthday this month, Diplomats@Work will chat with Nancy Ostrowski about the work of USAID and her life as a USAID Foreign Service Officer. From her work in more traditional USAID programs like Moldova to her evacuation from South Sudan, her experiences provide a good representation of the varied work USAID does around the world. There will be opportunities for Q&A.

Register to attend 

Past Event

December Virtual Roundtables for Universities from USIP

December 1st, 3 – 4pm ET: State Fragility and Peace in Latin America

In this 1-hour moderated discussion from the U.S. Institute of Peace, attendees will hear from USIP experts about state fragility and peace priorities in northern Central America, Latin America, and the region. The session will explore regional dynamics in the hemisphere, current challenges in places like Haiti and Venezuela, and the ongoing peace process in Colombia, and participants will have the opportunity to join the conversation on U.S. policy priorities.

Register to attend 

Past Event

November Virtual Roundtables for Universities from USIP

November 9th, 3 – 4pm ET: Countering Violent Extremism

In this 1-hour moderated discussion from the U.S. Institute of Peace, attendees will hear from USIP experts on the priority theme of countering violent extremism (CVE) and on peace and security challenges in Mozambique, and will have the opportunity to participate in a conversation that explores peacebuilding approaches and practical ways forward.

Register to attend  

Past Event
Nov. 2 - 5

The Micro to Macro Workshop

Our PDS Alumnus, Michael Garlid, would like to invite you to the Micro to Macro workshop on Friday, November 5th from 17:15 - 18:15 CET. If you would like to participate, please follow the registration directions on our LinkedIn event page here

Past Event

Virtual Panel Discussion: "Leading with Character in Uncharted Waters"

The ASU Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab and Phoenix Council on Foreign Relations will host four exceptional leaders as they discuss their leadership journey in the U.S. Armed Forces. Tuesday, September 28, 2021  12:00 p.m. MST | 3:00 p.m. EDT 

Register  

Complimentary registration code (not to be shared on social media) is "leadership." 

Past Event

Zoom Webinar: The Balkans on Tenterhooks

Please join the Harriman Institute for a roundtable discussion on current events in the Balkans. This discussion is situated at a momentous time of political strife that cuts across the Western Balkans region against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our AGL alumni leader, Ljubomir Filipovic, will participate in this discussion. October 12, 2021  12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. EDT

Register 

Past Event

Global Literacy Masterclasses

The LDNS Lab Masterclass Series, offered through the Lab’s Ambassador-in-Residence, engages the ASU community and ultimately all audiences in partnership with the university, in a broad–ranging conversation about America’s foreign policy and the country’s role in world affairs.

See upcoming classes 

Register for classes 

Past Event

NEW Master of Arts in International Affairs and Leadership (MA IAL)

MA-IAL

NEW Master of Arts in International Affairs and Leadership (MA IAL), offered by the School of Politics and Global Studies

Priorty deadline for Spring 2022: December 14, 2021 

For more information, please contact Ashley Wright at Ashley.A.Wright@asu.edu 

Past Event

U.S. Department of State Fall 2021 Student Internship Program

The U.S. Department of State Fall 2021 Student Internship Program will open for application soon for one week only. This is a limited amount of time to apply for these positions; we encourage you to start preparing today. Here are three steps you can take:

1. Learn about the Student Internship Program

2. Create your USAJOBS account, build your resume, and get your transcript 

3. Research the U.S. Department of State’s Bureaus and Offices to find the right internship opportunity for you.   

If you have any questions or would like to search for topics of interest, please visit U.S. Department of State forums or FAQs at careers.state.gov.

Past Event

Fall/Winter Global Literacy Masterclasses

Global Literacy Masterclass Badge

Fall/Winter Global Literacy Masterclasses

The LDNS Lab Masterclass Series, offered through the Lab’s Ambassador-in-Residence, engages the ASU community in a broad–ranging conversation about America’s foreign policy and world affairs. Classes are held from 12-2 p.m. AZ

International Trade and the American Worker: January 24, 2023

Register Now

Recent Announcements

Recent Announcements

MA-IAL Students Profiled for ASU News

Washington Week Group Photo

Two MA-IAL Students Profiled in ASU News

Kara Moriarty and Thomas Morgan, two students in the LDNS Lab-affiliated M.A. in International Affairs and Leadership Program, were recently profiled by ASU News for their incredible leadership journeys. Learn more about how their participation in Washington Week helped advance their knowledge and networks in international affairs in the articles below:

Kara's Story 

Thomas' Story

Spring 2023 LDNS Lab Fellowship Application

LDNS Lab Logo

The LDNS Lab is currently seeking two highly motivated undergraduate students to participate in its innovative Undergraduate Research Fellows Program for the Spring 2023 semester. Students accepted into the program will work directly with faculty mentors on current research projects involving leadership, diplomacy and national security and will qualify for a $2,500 scholarship.

Requirements:
• Preference for first-generation college students
• Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. 
• All ASU undergraduate majors/years are eligible
• Time Commitment: 5-7 hours/week
• Location: Virtual, weekly Zoom meetings

Deadline: December 16

More Information + Application Form:

Summer 2023 AWI Study Abroad Application Now Open

Carl Travis AWI Study Abroad

Applications are now open for the 2023 ASU World Innovators Study Abroad Program!

The ASU World Innovators Internship/Study Abroad program allows students to work directly with ASU World Innovators (AWIs) around the world on projects ranging from entrepreneurship in Morocco to refugee support in Jordan to democratization in Georgia.

Learn More and Apply

Past Announcements

Past Announcements

Lauren Pukalo ASU News Highlight

Lauren Pukalo, an intern with the ASU Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab-sponsored American Diplomat Podcast was featured in a recent ASU News piece. 

“I honestly cannot speak highly enough of the faculty and the lab,” Pukalo said. 

“I’ve learned so much from the faculty; they truly care about the students and are willing to help by providing opportunities and resources. All in all, the experience has really helped influence my path and future career.” 

Read more about all of the experiences she's taken advantage of through the LDNS Lab:

Read Article

Spring Internship Opportunity with the American Academy of Diplomacy

The American Academy of Diplomacy seeks two individuals interested in American foreign policy and the practice of diplomacy, as well as in the inner workings of a nonprofit organization, for their Spring 2023 internship program. The candidates must be able to commit to the entire spring term (20-40 hours/week, virtual or in-person). Applicants who cannot do so will not be considered. Applications are due November 20, 2022.

More Info

American Diplomacy Project - ASU News

American Diplomacy Project Cover
Graphic Courtesy of Bailey Vidler of ASU Graphic Design

The American Diplomacy Project - Phase II Report, supported by the Una Chapman Cox Foundation and the ASU Leadership, Diplomacy, and National Security Lab, was presented on Sept. 8, 2022 at the ASU Center in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the project via this ASU News article.

Read More from ASU News

American Diplomat Podcast - ASU Intern

AmDip Podcast Intern - Lauren Pukalo Banner Image

Congratulations to ASU Senior Political Science student Lauren Pukalo for being selected as a Diplomacy Podcast Intern with the American Diplomat Podcast, a show that features former and current diplomats' takes on current world affairs. The ASU Leadership, Diplomacy, and National Security Lab, a sponsor of AmDip, is excited to expand our collaboration and engage ASU students!

 Learn more 

AWI Ljubo Filipovic on Montenegro's No-Confidence Vote

ASU World Innovator Ljubo Filipovic, a political analyst from Montenegro, was recently interviewed concerning the recent no-confidence vote that occurred in his country, leading to another fall of its government. Learn more about the Montenegrin political environment and how church-state relations influenced this recent vote in the clip below.

Watch Here

ASU a Top School for Foreign Service Officers

Arizona State University is a top producer of Foreign Service Officers, according to data from the State Department. 

Visit the ASU Ambassador-in-Residence page to explore opportunities in international affairs and diplomacy from ASU Ambassador-in-Residence Michael Polt.

ASU Ambassador-in-Residence

Foreign Policy Magazine

Foreign Policy Magazine Logo

ASU students, staff, and faculty can access online international affairs content from Foreign Policy Magazine via ASU Libraries.

To access, click the link below, then select "Foreign Policy" under "Available Online"

Happy reading!

Read Here

ASU-Kachin Letter Exchange

This Spring, ASU World Innovator Zaw and ASU LDNS Lab team member Ashley teamed up to connect ASU, Mount Vernon High School, and Kachin students from the Alen Bum School for Internally Displaced Persons through a letter exchange.

Through this project, American students learned about the Kachin conflict in Myanmar, which is largely underreported. ASU students wrote letters of encouragement to 75 Kachin students, fostering mutual understanding, awareness, and support. 

Congratulations to Zaw and Ashley for such an impactful and inspiring project!

ASU News: American Diplomacy Project - Phase II

"Earlier this year, Arizona State University’s Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab convened ambassadors and foreign service experts to discuss actionable steps that can be taken to revive, reform and reimagine the U.S. Foreign Service for the 21st century in an online open discussion, 'The American Diplomacy Project – Phase II.' The discussion was organized as part of the Inaugural ASU Washington Diplomatic Roundtable, a quarterly event connecting ASU with the Washington foreign affairs community."

ASU News reports on the LDNS-led American Diplomacy Project - Phase II

Read Here

LDNS Lab Undergraduate Fellows Program Application

The LDNS Lab is currently seeking two highly motivated undergraduate students to participate in its innovative Undergraduate Research Fellows Program for the Fall 2022 semester. Students accepted into the program will work directly with faculty mentors on current research projects involving leadership, diplomacy and national security and will qualify for a $2,500 scholarship.

Requirements:
• Preference for first-generation college students
• Cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher. 
• All ASU undergraduate majors/years are eligible
• Time Commitment: 5-7 hours/week
• Location: Virtual, weekly Zoom meetings

Deadline: July 15

More Information + Application Form:

There Never Was a Threat from the West, Mr. Putin

"But what can we learn from this new reality? How do we build a more resilient future? And what should we have done differently in the heady days of the end of the Cold War to fend off the resurgence and ascendancy of autocrats abroad and here at home?

Leadership, Diplomacy, and National Security Lab Co-Founder and ASU Ambassador-in-Residence Michael C. Polt shares his views on how the West can build a more resilient future, one that fends off the resurgence and ascendancy of autocrats, in this piece from the George W. Bush Institute.

Read here

Australian-American Leadership Dialogue (AALD) Internship

AALD-Logo

The Australian-American Leadership Dialogue is hosting the 30th Anniversary Australian American Leadership Dialogue (AALD) July 12-14, 2022, in Washington, DC. The Leadership Dialogue is requesting interns to support the administrative matters of the event. The interns would enjoy the broad scope in the program and the high-level bilateral engagement of delegates and dialogue.

Note: All interns must be in the D.C. area and available to attend all of the AALD forum events between July 11 - 14. Interns must be current ASU/LDNS Lab students or alumni. 

Deadline Extended: Friday, June 17 by 11:59 p.m.

Learn More + Apply

Congratulations to LDNS Team Member Nikki Hinshaw

Congratulations to LDNS Lab Team Member Nikki Hinshaw on her recent graduation from The George Washington University! She earned a Master's in Global Communication with concentrations in international education and public diplomacy. We're excited to have her transition into a full-time role with our team next week. 

Read more

Gen. H.R. McMaster Veterans Honor Stole Ceremony Keynote

H.R. McMaster gives the keynote address during Arizona State University's Veterans Honor Stole Ceremony for the spring 2022 semester, held May 7 in Tempe.
Photo by Deanna Dent/ASU

On May 7, Arizona State University and ASU Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab Distinguished Fellow Gen. H.R. McMaster served as the keynote speaker for the Veterans Honor Stole Ceremony.

He recognized the value of an education at ASU "to develop further the knowledge, the skills, the abilities that will permit you to go on and make even greater contributions to our nation and all of humanity.”

Congratulations to all of the ASU Spring 2022 graduates, especially our LDNS Lab students and fellows!

Read more

CIEE Bridge Builders Award

Congratulations to Arizona State University for being selected as a CIEE Council on International Educational Exchange Bridge Builder Award winner!

This honor recognizes institutions that have strengthened the field of international education and exchange and have contributed to building mutual understanding across cultures.

The ASU Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab is honored to play a part in ASU's efforts in global education.

Learn More

Watch the Celebratory Video

Roskind Great Hall Dedication

The Leadership, Diplomacy, and National Security Lab offers its congratulations to Herb and Laura Roskind following the dedication of Roskind Great Hall on ASU's Tempe Campus this past week. Their generous donations and engagement with the University have positively impacted countless students and departments, including the LDNS Lab.

Learn more about the Roskind's and their incredible work below:

ASU News Article

Meet the Roskind's

Great Hall Dedication

American Diplomat Podcast - Countering Genocide

The Leadership, Diplomacy, and National Security Lab is a proud sponsor of the American Diplomat Podcast. LDNS Lab co-founder and former Ambassador to Holocaust Issues Edward O'Donnell is featured on the recent episode, "Countering Genocide." 

About the episode: "War crimes and genocide, from the Holocaust of World War II to Ukraine today, and many other places on earth. Moved by his experience of the civil rights movement as a youth in the South, Ed O'Donnell devoted his life to preventing the emergence of genocides worldwide and bringing justice in their aftermath."

Listen here

American Diplomat Podcast - Ukraine: The Will to Fight

The Leadership, Diplomacy, and National Security Lab is a proud sponsor of the American Diplomat Podcast. LDNS Lab co-founder Lt. General Benjamin Freakley is featured on the recent episode, "Ukraine: The Will to Fight."

About the episode: "No one guessed Ukraine could succeed in combatting Putin. How has the country done it? What has Putin got wrong? General Ben Freakley is back with insights on the will to fight, military strategy, and values-based leadership."

Listen here

Foreign Service Journal - April Edition

American Foreign Service Association Logo

The April Edition of the Foreign Service Journal is out now!

The Foreign Service Journal covers foreign affairs from an insider’s perspective, providing thought-provoking articles on international issues, the practice of diplomacy and the U.S. Foreign Service. Including the AFSA News section, The Journal is published monthly (January-February and July-August issues combined) by the American Foreign Service Association.

Check out the article on "Core Precepts," which covers traits important for those aspiring to work in the Foreign Service, like diversity, substantive knowledge, leadership, communication skills, and more.

Read the Journal

U.S. Diplomacy: Preventing Genocide

As a part of Genocide Awareness Week at Arizona State University, ASU Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab co-founder and former Ambassador to Holocaust Issues Edward O'Donnell discussed the role of the U.S. government in preventing and responding to atrocities.

Watch the Presentation

Ambassador O'Donnell served on and moderated several additional panels throughout Genocide Awareness Week. For the full playlist of presentations from #GAW22, visit this link:

All Recordings

Spring Global Literacy Masterclasses

Global Literacy Masterclasses are back for the Spring!

The Leadership, Diplomacy and National Security Lab (LDNS Lab) Masterclass Series, offered through the Lab’s Ambassador-in-Residence, engages the ASU community and ultimately all audiences in partnership with the university, in a broad–ranging conversation about America’s foreign policy and the country’s role in world affairs. Spring course offerings include:

International Trade and the American Worker | March 24 12-1:30 p.m.

The U.S. and the World | April 12, 2022 12-2 p.m.

Diplomacy First | April 18, 2022 12-2 p.m.

Register for Classes
 

What the Passing of Queen Elizabeth Means for Global Diplomacy - Robert Lavender

Robert Lavender Headshot

 

Robert Lavender, Fall 2022 ASU Leadership, Diplomacy, and National Security Lab Fellow, recently published an article about the passing of Queen Elizabeth II and its impact on global diplomacy.

Read his article here:

The Summer of the Cockroaches

Pardis Mahdavi relays her experience of the Iranian sexual revolution and similar movements in the Middle East, including Afghanistan. Why was the summer of the cockroaches her favorite? There weren't enough cockroaches for everybody! And this is to say nothing of the orgies. Listen and find out what all of this could possibly mean.

Listen to the Podcast 

Internship Opportunities with DOD

The Office of the Secretary of Defense/Washington Headquarters Services (OSD/WHS) offers volunteer opportunities to students enrolled in an accredited high school, trade school, college and/or university. These opportunities allow students to explore career options in their field of study and develop personal and professional skills. Volunteer students are exposed to the work environment while learning about the Department of Defense missions and responsibilities. 

For more information 

Analysis of the Foreign Malign Influence in Montenegro

Analysis of the Foreign Malign Influence in Montenegro 2019-2021 by Ljubomir Filipovic 

For many years now, the Republic of Montenegro has been facing numerous threats of a hybrid nature that are aggressively attacking its national and state-building identity. The level and intensity of malicious activities has changed over the years, from assassination attempts to inciting (and violent) protests in the streets to influence the election process. 

Read the Analysis