Jason Pack is a researcher of Middle Eastern History based in the UK. Since 2008, he has worked in Tripoli, London, and Washington promoting academic, commercial, and diplomatic exchanges between Libya and the West. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Policy Magazine, The Atlantic, and The Guardian. He is also a frequent commentator on the BBC and Al Jazeera English. He has addressed the House of Commons on the pressing danger Libya’s militias pose to the country’s stability. To address this pressing danger, he advocates increased Western (and especially American) diplomatic engagement and capacity building assistance in Libya. He also believes the Libyan government must stop the spiral of “appeasement” that it has been mired in since the fall of Qadhafi.
Currently a doctoral student at Cambridge University, he 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. He 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). He reads and speaks Arabic and French. He is a world class tournament backgammon player; recently he won the 2013 British Open of Backgammon. His hobbies include tennis, skiing, cricket, and blind wine tasting.