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.
Andreas Goldthau is Professor in International Relations at Royal Holloway University of London where he also serves as the director of the Centre of International Public Policy, and Associate with the Geopolitics of Energy Project at Harvard University's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs. Prior to joining Royal Holloway, Dr. Goldthau worked as Professor at Central European University's School of Public Policy, as Adjunct Professor at John Hopkins' MSc program in energy policy and climate, and as a Transatlantic Postdoc Fellow in International Relations and Security with the Paul Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University, the RAND Corporation and the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.
Dr Goldthau's academic interests focus on energy security and global governance issues related to oil and gas. His publications include Energy Union. Europe's new Liberal Mercantilism? (Palgrave 2016), A Liberal Actor in a Realist World: The EU Regulatory State and the Global Political Economy of Energy (Oxford University Press, 2015), The Global Energy Challenge: Environment, Development and Security (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015), the Wiley Handbook on Global Energy Policy (Wiley Blackwell, 2013), Dynamics of Energy Governance in Europe and Russia (Palgrave, 2012), Global Energy Governance: The New Rules of the Game (Brookings Press, 2010), Imported Oil and US National Security (RAND, 2009) and OPEC (Hanser, 2009).Last Updated: Jun 12, 2017, 10:18am