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Jason Pack has dedicated his career to researching Libya’s history, politics, culture and economics. Working as academic, consultant and commentator he endeavors to bring impartial information and analysis to those who need it most – decision makers, businesses, investors and the public.


Advisory activity

Since 2011, Jason Pack and his consultancy Libya-Analysis® LLC are providing tailor-made monitoring and mapping reports for Western enterprises and governments, examining specific aspects of the political and security situation in Libya and publishing over-the-horizon prognoses.

Non-profit commitment

In 2015, Jason founded Eye on ISIS in Libya, an American non-profit 501(c)(3) monitoring service, tracking the group’s history, its interactions with other jihadist actors, and the international community’s combat against it.


Media and think tank presence


His articles have appeared in the New York Times, The Wall street Journal, the Spectator, The financial Times, The petroleum Economist, The Guardian, Foreign Policy and Foreign affairs. Jason is a Non-Resident Fellow at the Middle East Institute and writes deep-dive think tank reports for a range of institutions, including the DC-based Atlantic Council and the Rome-bases Istituto Affari Internazionali.


Background Information

Jason is one of a handful of American academics to have been able to live and research in Libya during the Qadhafi era. Capitalizing  on this unique experience and an ensuing stint administering the U.S.-Libya Business Association, he runs the most consulted independent blog on Libyan politics – There, and in his various publications, he proves his expertise on issues of pertaining to oil and gas, maritime security, due diligence, ISIS, counterterrorism, stakeholder & incident mapping, Libyan economic institutions as well as U.S.-Libyan and UK-Libyan relations.

Jason holds a MSt in global and imperial History from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, UK. Currently withdrawn from the register of students, his interrupted PhD dissertation in Middle Eastern history is entitled “The British military Administration of Libya (1942-51) and the Anglo-Sanussi relationship (1882-1969)”.

He has lived more than seven years in the Middle East (e.g. Oman, Morocco, Egypt, Syria, Libya, Lebanon), He speaks and reads Arabic and French. Currently, he is working on a popular book exploring what Libya’s dysfunctional economic structures and its ongoing civil war tells us more broadly about globalization and the geopolitics of the 21st century.


The UN Deliberately (Albeit Mistakenly) Accorded Sovereignty to Post-Qadhafi Libya’s Economic Institutions

It's the Economy Stupid: How Libya's Civil War Is Rooted in Its Economic Structures

How Libya’s Economic Structures Enrich the Militias

Atlantic Council June 2017

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Hate Speech International 2016

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Jason is also the author or co-author of
  • "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, September 2015

  • "The July 2012 Libyan Election and the Origin of Post-Qadhafi Appeasement", The Middle East Journal, Volume 69, Number 2, Spring 2015, pp. 171-198

  • "The Foreword for "Operation Idris: Inside the British Administration of Cyrenaica and Libya, 1942-52", Silphium Press, 2015

  • “Mu’ammur Qadhafi: Power, Personality, and Ideology”in Frank Jacob, ed. "Dictatorships without Violence? How Dictators Assert Their Power", Comparative Studies from a Global Perspective, Vol. 2, Würzburg: Königshausen & Neumann, 2014

  • "Libyan Constitutionality and Sovereignty Post-Qadhafi: the Islamist, Regionalist, and Amazigh Challenges", Journal of North African Studies, Fall 2013, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp. 523-543




Libyan Jihad Monitor

CRCM is a proud funding sponsor of EYE ON ISIS IN LIBYA, a pro-bono repository of non-partisan, cross-checked information about the development of the Islamic State’s (ISIS) offshoot in Libya as well as the other Libyan jihadi movements from which it derives and with which it occasionally competes.

The vision for this site came in 2015 as Jason Pack (its founder and CRCM's Senior Libya Advisor) was increasingly inundated with questions by Western media and governments about ISIS’ latest activities in Libya. As Jason had previously focused on Libyan history, economy, constitutional developments, and diplomacy, he struggled to answer these questions himself yet could find no repository of definitive and comprehensive information about ISIS in Libya to recommend.   

There were scholars specializing in the Muslim Brotherhood in North Africa and others with expertise about al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb or the spread of Salafism from Egypt westward, but because ISIS was such a new and dynamic phenomenon and Libya such an understudied country there were per force no experts dedicated exclusively to the study of ISIS in Libya. Out of this realization, EYE ON ISIS IN LIBYA was born. To make this dream a reality, Jason has established a team of experts who collect and disseminate information on ISIS and other jihadi groups in Libya:


Each week, this “ISIS in Libya monitoring service” provides updates in four sections:


ISIS in Action,

Western Response,

Other Jihadi Groups, and

The Anti-ISIS Coalition.


To receive this information as a weekly email, please go to CRCM's collaboration partner EYE ON ISIS IN LIBYA on and subscribe to their Newsletter.