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.
Hind Ahmed Zaki is a PhD Candidate in the Department of Political Science at the University of Washington. She holds an MA degree in Political Science from the University of Washington and a B.A in Political Science from Cairo University. Her research focuses on how women’s rights activists have used the language of rights and renegotiated hegemonic discursive and institutional boundaries to reinvent women’s rights at times of political uncertainty. Her PhD dissertation investigates the ways in which new actors with new identities emerged in the framework of the Arab Spring, creating new forms of feminist mobilization in Tunisia and Egypt. It also critically questions feminist engagement with the state in contexts where the state is a primary violator of women’s rights, especially during political transitions. The broader implication of these findings questions the assumption that democratic transition and gender justice go hand-in-hand. Her field work was funded by a number of grants and fellowships including the project on Middle East Political Science (POMEPS),Open Society Foundations (OSF) and the University of Washington's Chester A. Fritz and Boeing Fellowships for International Research and Study. In addition to her academic work, Hind served as consultant to a number of local women’s rights organizations in Egypt. She was recognized as a "Women of Courage" by the UW Women's Center for her advocacy for women's rights in Egypt.Last Updated: Sep 12, 2017, 2:39pm