Jason Pack is a researcher of Middle Eastern and World History based between the USA and the UK. His academic work is situated at the boundaries of diplomatic, transnational, and bureaucratic history. Since 2008, he has worked in Tripoli, London, and Washington promoting academic, commercial, and diplomatic exchanges between Libya and the West.
Jason’s media output consists of over a hundred op-eds and news analysis articles in The New York Times, 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.
Jason’s consulting and 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, Jason’s consultancy arm, Libya-Analysis®, specialises in producing bespoke reports for Western companies and governments. In this capacity, he is 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, Jason holds an M.St. in Global and Imperial history from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University. His 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. Jason has lived seven years in Middle Eastern countries including Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Morocco, Lebanon, Oman, and Syria (where he was a Fulbright Fellow from 2004-5). Jason reads and speaks Arabic and French. Jason is also a world class tournament backgammon player. In 2015, he won the Michigan Master’s, Connecticut Open, and the Connecticut Master’s; In 2014, he won the UK Open and the Superjackpot at the Nordic Open (Backgammon’s most competitive tournament), and in 2013, he was British Open of Backgammon champion. Jason’s other hobbies include tennis, skiing, cricket, and blind wine tasting.