Japan supports an open, free, and secure internet, as well as the application of international norms to state activities in cyberspace. The country should be the primary focus of EU efforts to develop a shared cyber-security agenda in the Indo-Pacific.
ECFR Alumni · Visiting Fellow, German Chancellery Fellowship
Areas of expertise
Geopolitics of 5G; transatlantic relations; US national security policy
English, Italian (conversational), German (fair)
Beryl Thomas was a visiting fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations through the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung’s German Chancellor Fellowship programme. Her research focuses on the geopolitics of 5G and emerging technologies and their impact on transatlantic relations. She previously worked as an analyst for SAIC and project assistant with the Asia Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council of the United States.
Thomas holds an MA in security policy studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Thomas also completed a BA in international relations and Italian studies at the University of California, Davis.
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