Jason Pack is a researcher of Middle Eastern and World History based between the USA and the UK. My academic work is situated at the boundaries of diplomatic, transnational, and bureaucratic history. Since 2008, I has worked in Tripoli, London, and Washington promoting academic, commercial, and diplomatic exchanges between Libya and the West.
My media output consists of over a hundred op-eds and news analysis articles in The New York Times (presented chronologically as a writing sample), The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, The Spectator, The Guardian, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and other outlets from over ten countries. This work has largely focused on analysing Libya’s post-Qadhafi landscape with a special focus on the inner workings and alliance systems of Libya’s local militias. I have also waded in about Europe’s migration crisis, the rise of the Islamic State, Putin’s policies in Ukraine and Syria, and what the European response to these intertwined challenges should be.
My consulting/advisory work has consisted of frequent meetings with the MoD, DoD, FCO, State Department, NATO and the UN, concerning the need to formulate multilateral policies towards Libya focused on mediating between Libya’s many stakeholders and building governance capacity. Connected to this pro-bono advisory/advocacy work, my consultancy arm, Libya-Analysis®, specialises in producing bespoke reports for Western companies and governments. In this capacity, I am the North Africa Analyst at Risk Intelligence, a Danish company specialising in maritime risk and long-range assessment.
Currently a doctoral student and researcher at Cambridge University, I hold an M.St. in Global and Imperial history from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. My doctoral research focuses on the strategic, diplomatic, and institutional factors that shaped the British Military Administration of Libya from 1942 to 1951 tracing the antecedents of British policy towards Libya all the way back to the 1880s. I have lived seven years in Middle Eastern countries including: Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, and Syria (where I was a Fulbright Fellow from 2004-5). I read and speak Arabic and French. He is a world class tournament backgammon player; In 2015, I won the Michigan Master’s. In 2014, I won the UK Open and the Superjackpot at the Nordic Open (Backgammon’s most competitive tournament). In 2013, I was British Open of Backgammon champion. Despite playing very few tournaments, my win-loss record against top-quality opponents is among the best in professional backgammon. My other hobbies include tennis, skiing, cricket, and blind wine tasting.