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.
Nisreen Haj Ahmad is the co-founder and co-director of Ahel. She is also the founder of Mujtama3i initiative whose mission is to openly share knowledge and experience on community organizing practices in support of campaigns for justice and freedom. She is a member of the Leading Change Network and was a research fellow at the Hauser Center at the Harvard Kennedy School where she completing her Mid-Career Masters in Public Administration in 2008. That’s when she studied community organizing with Marshall Ganz and later joined his teaching team. For the past five years, she has been supporting communities by coaching more than 11 grassroots campaigns in Jordan, Palestine, Lebanon, Tunisia and Syria and growing a group of community organizing coaches in the Middle East. Before entering the world of organizing, and from 1999 to 2007, she was providing legal counsel to the Palestinian negotiating team in the peace talks with Israel and before it, to the Palestinian Ministry of Economy on international trade agreements. In 1996, she received her LL.M in international trade law from the University of Edinburgh. In 1995, she received her bachelors’ degree in law from the University of Jordan. Nisreen was born in 1974 and currently resides in Amman, Jordan.Last Updated: Aug 29, 2017, 10:28am