In the modern era, there is great convergence in the technologies used by friendly nations and by hostile ones. Signals intelligence agencies find themselves penetrating the technologies that they also at times must protect. To ease this tension, the United States and its partners have relied on an approach sometimes called Nobody But Us, or NOBUS: target communications mechanisms using unique methods accessible only to the United States. This paper examines how the NOBUS approach works, its limits, and the challenging matter of what comes next.
A discussion with Karim Makdisi, Associate Professor of International Politics and Director of the Program in Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut (AUB), Visiting Scholar at the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University, and Research Director of the UN in the Arab World program at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs, Vijay Prashad, Professor of International Studies at Trinity College and Senior Non-Resident Fellow at the Issam Fares Institute for Public Policy and International Affairs at the American University of Beirut, on their recent book Land of Blue Helmets: The United Nations and the Arab World (October 2016) from University of California Press. They will be joined by contributor Susann Kassem, PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology, Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva, on her chapter "Peacekeeping, Development, and Counterinsurgency: The United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon and 'Quick Impact Projects.'"
Moderated by Ian Johnstone, Professor of International Law, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Followed by a book signing with the authors at the Harvard COOP, 1400 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA.
Co-sponsored by the Fares Center for Eastern Mediterranean Studies, the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.
Susann Kassem is a PhD Candidate in Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She holds an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the American University of Beirut. She is researching UN peacekeeping practices in southern Lebanon.