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Oct 8, 2021

Global Britain: An American review

By Dame Karen Pierce, Max Bergmann, Peter Rough, Rachel Ellehuus, Yakov Feygin, Nate Sibley, Livia Godaert, Leah Scheunemann, Safa Shahwan Edwards, Margaret Jackson, Olivier-Remy Bel, Damir Marusic, Jörn Fleck, Julia Friedlander, Frances Burwell, James Batchik

What is happening to Britain in the world? Since 2016, when Brexit began with the United Kingdom’s shock “leave” vote to quit the European Union, the conversation has become almost impossible to have without entering into a fierce and polemical debate surrounding the country’s departure.

Economy & Business Politics & Diplomacy

Fast Thinking

Jul 19, 2021

FAST THINKING: A turning point on Chinese hacking

By Atlantic Council

What does NATO’s buy-in mean for the world’s response to Chinese hacking? What tools do these allies have to fight back? Our experts messaged us (securely) with the answers.

Australia China


Jun 28, 2021

Collective cybersecurity for the Three Seas

By Safa Shahwan Edwards, Simon Handler, Trey Herr, Adam Marczyński, and Jakub Teska

In Central and Eastern Europe’s Three Seas region, twelve countries have joined together to invest in critical infrastructure projects and increase interconnectivity on energy, infrastructure, and digitization efforts along the way. To strengthen the resilience of these technical investments and better bind together the defensive cybersecurity operations of these societies, Three Seas member states should establish a regional hub for cybersecurity together with key private sector partners.

Central Europe Cybersecurity

Safa Shahwan Edwards is the director of the Capacity Building Initiative within the Atlantic Council Technology Programs. In this role, she coordinates the overarching strategy for tech program capacity-building efforts designed to upskill policymakers, break down silos to build communities of action, and develop the next generation of the global technology workforce. Previously, Edwards was the deputy director of the Cyber Statecraft Initiative, building the initiative’s field-leading cyber policy and strategy competition—the Cyber 9/12 Strategy Challenge—into a global program.  

Edwards holds an MA in international affairs with a concentration in conflict resolution from the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs and a BA in political science from Miami University of Ohio. Edwards is of Bolivian and Jordanian heritage and speaks Spanish and Arabic.