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Jason Pack


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.

Research Interests

My Doctoral Research focuses on the strategic, diplomatic, and institutional factors which shaped HMG policy during the British Military Administration of Libya (1942-51). This work explores the contingent nature of British 'state-building' in the Libyan context. It could be said, in fact, that the British 'constructed' the unified Libyan state 'by accident', i.e. only after their plans to create a separate Cyrenaican state under their tutelage were rendered impossible on the international stage. My Doctoral project builds upon my early research about French Policy toward building a separate Alouite state in Syria but then being forced to accept the indlusion of the Alouites into greater Syria as well as upon my M.St. Thesis at St. Antony’s College, Oxford entitled: 'British State-Building in Cyrenaica during the War Years (1941-1945)'.

Research Supervision

Saul Kelly


Oxford Intensive School of English, Cambridge, UK                                                         2014-2015

               History Lecturer

  • § Lectured to different high-level delegations of Chinese entrepreneurs concerning the origins and implications of the Industrial Revolution, the Enlightenment, and Western Imperialism     


Cambridge Muslim College, Cambridge, UK                                                                        Fall 2013

               Lecturer in World History

  • §  American-Style undergraduate classroom teaching on diverse topics including: the Reformation,  19th Century Nationalism, Imperialism, the Rise of the European Empires, and the 20th Century Middle East

Other Professional Activities

Contemporary Research and op-ed writing

  • Libya's economic and geostrategic place in the world system
  • Western Investment in Libya
  • Internal Politics of the National Transitional Council
  • The Struggle between the militias and the central government in Libya
  • ------------------------------
  • The Syrian Crisis
  • Kurdistan

Key Publications

Peer-Reviewed JOURNAL ARTICLES (2 listed out of 4 published):
"The July 2012 Libyan Election and the Origin of Post-Qadhafi Appeasement"  Jason Pack and Haley Cook, The Middle East Journal, Volume 69, Number 2, Spring 2015, pp. 171-198 (28); "Libyan Constitutionality and Sovereignty Post-Qadhafi: the Islamist, Regionalist, and Amazigh Challenges," Youssef Sawani and Jason Pack, Journal of North African Studies, Fall 2013, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp. 523-543.

BOOK CHAPTERS (1 listed out of 5 published)
"The Antecedents and Implications of the so-called Anglo-Sanussi War (1915-17)," in The First World War and its Aftermath: The Shaping of the Middle East, edited by T.G. Fraser, Ginkgo Library/University of Chicago Press, September 2015

 The 2011 Libyan Uprisings and the Struggle for the Post-Qadhafi Future, Jason Pack, Palgrave Macmillan, June 2013

Peer Reviewed Think Tank Monograph with ISBN# (1 listed of 3 published)

Jason Pack, Karim Mezran, and Mohamed Eljarh, Libya's Faustian Bargains: Breaking the Appeasement Cycle, Atlantic Council Report, April 2014